The best thing to do when you’re looking to hire a professional disinfection company is to have your list of questions ready by the time you start contacting such services for a quote. This is how you can identify the right companies for your building, business or budget. Here are a few questions to add to your list before starting to ask for appointments or price quotes.
What is the price of the services offered?
This is arguably the most important thing to ask professional disinfection services before scheduling an appointment. Prices may vary with the surface area of your space, the products to be used, and also the type of services you want (one-time or subscription). Our company, for instance, offers a discount for clients booking recurring services. Always remember to ask about any discounts of special offers for long-term commitments or specific services.
Are recurring services available?
If you need regular disinfecting services, you should ask about recurring appointments. Some companies may require you to book only one appointment at a time, while others may agree to schedule monthly, weekly or even daily appointments. By agreeing to a recurring schedule you can save a lot of time by not having to call again each and every time you need another appointment. You can make better use of your time than booking disinfection appointments.
What are the types of cleaning products you use?
Before asking this question, make sure you check the EPA list of substances that are supposed to be very effective against the dreaded Coronavirus. This list also includes products that have proved effective against many other stubborn and aggressive viruses. By asking this question, you can find out right away if the company uses EPA-recommended substances. Also, ask to see the product label. In our experience, some companies claim 90-day cleanliness with products that aren’t labeled as anti-viral. These services won’t protect your employees from getting COVID-19.
If you run a business in the food industry, you have to check that the company uses food-safe substances. Furthermore, you should ask for exact instructions on what to do after the disinfection in order to ensure food safety.
What kind of equipment do you use?
Different professional disinfecting businesses use different cleaning equipment. Some use a kind of backpack just like the ones pest control companies and gardeners employ. These devices use pressurized air to spray disinfecting substances all over the surfaces to be sanitized. This type of equipment can damage wood and electronic devices. Also, the substance becomes less effective after it dries.
Other companies use air sprayers to spread the particles of disinfecting liquid in the air. This creates a cleaning mist, which is a much safer solution for electronics. However, the downside of this method is that it can’t guarantee full coverage. The cleaning mist may not reach desk bottoms or furniture sides, so you won’t benefit from guaranteed protection.
Electrostatic sprayers are the best solutions to use when it comes to disinfecting and sanitizing a space. This is the gold industry standard all top players use and recommend. The statically charged mist will surely stick to all surfaces in your space, regardless of their position and shape. The laws of physics surely work, you can rest assured of that.
What are your work hours?
True professionals will have their work hours published on their websites or on their business pages. Nevertheless, you should ask this question, in order to make sure the information is up-to-date. Some companies may list the hours when their offices are open, but not the actual hours available for appointments. The best way to make sure you’ll be able to schedule your disinfection services at the most convenient time is to ask the company about their hours.