Disinfection & decontamination services
Sometimes the two are used together and many think they mean the same thing. Actually they are quite different and only a properly trained professional can achieve proper results. Many times, odors emit from bacteria or other sources unpleasant to the human sense of smell. The odor, either pleasant or foul, is from the off gas of the odorous source. There are times that one may smell an odor and at other times cannot. This has a lot to do with the temperature and humidity. The warmer and wetter the environment, the stronger the odor becomes. There are many types of deodorizers and equipment on the market today. Many claim they can remove any odor with just one product or piece of equipment. That just simply is not true. In fact that is how many companies sell their products but as trained professionals, we know better. To the consumer or untrained professional they may just try anything that sounds good; so one tries the next thing and so on. General rule of thumb, if it sounds too good to be true, it just may be that. There is a lot more to it than just spraying on something to make it smell better this is called masking; and some times that is all you can do. If you don’t know where the odor is coming from you are not going to be able to remove it no matter what you do or what someone says.
With disinfection the goal is to make the item or area safe so someone cannot become contaminated or infected. There are so many bacteria, yeasts, fungi, and viruses out there with new or undiscovered strains appearing all the time. Proper disinfection must be achieved if it is going to prevent contaminations or infections. Gone are the days that a person simply sprays or wipes some magic disinfectant and walks away.
Today it is very important to make sure that a technician or person truly disinfects the contaminated surface with the properly mixed disinfectant or product and in many cases this process may have to be done several times with the proper dwell time and cleaning solution mixture.
If it is not verified by the proper clearance test one may not have truly disinfected a contaminated surface and you will never know until it’s too late. A clearance test proves that proper disinfection has been done and it is safe to touch the surface or use the item again without the need to worry about it.
Only a trained technician with the proper tools, equipment, and properly used disinfectants can truly make the area or item safe. There are times that an odor is a strong sign something is out of place in a clean looking environment.