Disinfection Service

Disinfection Service in Singapore

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, everyone is more aware of the need to disinfect surfaces. National Environment Agency (NEA) has also released guidelines on effective disinfection of homes or workplaces when active COVID-19 infections occur.

Although the risk level of COVID-19 has gradually subsided, the need for disinfection remains to protect indoor spaces against other forms of viral outbreaks, not just COVID-19.

The Importance of Disinfection Service

Disinfection aims to thoroughly kill active infectious pathogens, which can spread swiftly on surfaces and live for a few hours to a few days, especially in high-traffic areas. High-risk settings include offices, schools, and shopping malls.

The proliferation of dangerous organisms on surfaces will cross-contaminate and make you or anyone else sick. While routine cleaning can remove the bulk of germs, surface cleaning is insufficient to thoroughly eliminate active viruses.

Thus, disinfection services are essential to add an extra layer of protection, ensuring that all nooks and crannies are disinfected.

Sanitizing vs. Disinfecting

What is the difference between sanitizing and disinfecting? The distinct difference between cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting can be defined by the different levels of microbial elimination each of the processes can achieve:

  • Cleaning surfaces removes germs, dirt, and other impurities but does not necessarily eliminate all the microorganisms.
  • Sanitizing reduces the number of microorganisms on surfaces or objects to a safe level under public health standards or regulations.
  • Disinfection provides a high level of elimination of pathogens on surfaces and objects.

In summary, sanitizers are weaker than disinfecting solutions. Disinfectants can eliminate 99.999% of germs and viruses on nonporous and hard surfaces, while sanitizers can only achieve up to 99.9% elimination of the pathogens. 

When to engage disinfection services

Cleaning is an essential part of housekeeping, whether commercial or residential. Surface disinfection, however, is not as commonly practiced because few would consider disinfection necessary until the recent COVID-19 pandemic. 

So, when to engage a disinfection service? 

Infographic: When to engage disinfection services. | Image: De Hygienique

During a viral outbreak

Besides COVID infections, many other viral infections can cause serious health risks, such as the commonly known Hand Foot Mouth Disease (HFMD) and gastroenteritis. Commercial operators that report a number of infection outbreaks are also required to disinfect their premises to control the viral rampage.

Post-infection recovery

After a home recovers from an infectious illness, homeowners may want to disinfect infected rooms to prevent cross-contamination among family members. As elderly people have weaker immune systems, it would be more critical to ensure the residence is thoroughly disinfected if there are older people residing together with infected members.

Post pest termination

Cockroaches and mice are bacteria carriers. Thus, it is vital to disinfect the space after engaging a pest control service to eliminate the pests. The thorough disinfection of surfaces is necessary to ensure no bacteria residue is left behind after pest termination.

Benefits of De Hygienique’s Disinfection Services

Benefits of Disinfection Service | Image: Dhasia

Convenient and effective 

De Hygienique is an NEA-licensed disinfection service provider that offers disinfecting services, including carpets, mattresses, and sofas.

Our disinfection specialists are professionally trained and equipped with approved disinfection solutions by NEA. Our disinfection solution can be proven to kill 99.999% of bacteria and viruses. The disinfectant can protect against a wide range of microorganisms, including MRSA, Coronavirus, HFMD, Salmonella, etc.

Performing thorough disinfection is a detailed and time-consuming task. Instead of rolling up your sleeves and donning protective gear to disinfect every surface of the residence or office, it would be more convenient and effective to engage professionals to complete the arduous tasks for you.

Manual disinfection of door handle | Image: FREEPIK

Customised Disinfection Program Tailored to Your Needs

De Hygienique tailors our disinfection service according to the client’s needs. We would conduct an onsite walk-through at the client’s site, which requires specific disinfection requirements. This process is necessary to understand the client’s business activity to meet their disinfection objectives.

Depending on the site’s layout and furniture types, De Hygienique may apply different methods to disinfect particular areas. For example, a manual disinfection wipe-down will be cautiously carried out on sensitive areas around electronics to prevent electrical malfunction.

Need for antimicrobial coating for high touch points | Image: Freepik

Eco-friendly and safe 

De Hygienique uses eco-friendly and safe disinfectants. The antimicrobial disinfectant is non-flammable and specially formulated to be safe on human skin.

We also use food-grade disinfection solutions suitable for application in food preparation and storage areas. These toxic-free and biodegradable disinfectants are certified safe to be used on surfaces to prepare food and beverages.

Surfaces cleaned with these toxic-free disinfectants have been given the all-clear for use in food and drink preparation.

Extended protection

De Hygienique’s disinfection service uses a disinfectant solution that protects surfaces with an antimicrobial coating. The anti-microbial coating can last up to 180 days – depending on the rate of viral contact on the surface.

So, after a surface is coated with the disinfectant, the protective layer will continue to kill microorganisms for an extended period. This protection is especially suitable for highly touched surfaces like door handles and lift buttons.

How does De Hygienique Disinfect Surfaces

We use an electrostatic discharge fogging system to ensure thorough coverage of disinfectant on affected surfaces or objects. This system releases fine mists of disinfectant, completely covering the surface or object. 

For high touch points like door handles, telephone handsets, computer keyboards, toilet seats, and tables, we would disinfect the surfaces through a thorough wipe-down with a disinfection solution. 

Disinfection treatment is not a task that should be carried out by untrained individuals. To effectively disinfect surfaces, a well thought task force is required to plan and carry out the executions.

If you need to disinfect your home or workplace, get in touch with us to find out how De Hygienique’s disinfection team can fulfill your disinfection needs. De Hygienique provides a variety of disinfection services for residential and commercial spaces, including childcare centers, F&B establishments, factories, educational institutions, and offices. 

For more information, contact De Hygienique for assistance today.

Disinfection using the electrostatic system. | Image: De Hygienique

Manual disinfection on door handle | CREDIT: FREEPIK

Frequently Ask Questions

Disinfect and sterilize are both processes of decontaminating harmful microorganisms. The difference is mainly their level of elimination. Disinfection process is generally known to eliminate or reduce harmful microorganisms on surfaces. Sterilization usually refers to complete elimination of all microorganism.

De Hygienique uses electrostatic disinfection technology for thorough disinfection of surfaces. The machine discharges fine mists of disinfection solution onto infected surfaces.

Duration to complete a disinfection treatment depends on space size and condition. In average, we take about 45mins to disinfect a 2000sqft space.

The cost of disinfection service ranges according to treatment requirement and the size of the space. For a basic disinfection service for a 2000sqft space would cost about $200. There is a minimum charge of $300 per trip.

You may consider engaging disinfection treatment if there were recurring cases of infected illness occuring in your residence or workplace. Common recurring infectious illness such as HFMD and influenza may need a thorough disinfection treatment to stop the viral cycle.

During the disinfection treatment, we would disinfect all soft furnishings including carpet, sofa and bed. However, the duration of disinfection protection would last longer on hard surfaces. Soft furnishings have uneven porous surfaces which traps dirt and bacteria more easily than hard surfaces. This makes soft furnishings more difficult to withstand disinfectant protections.

Disinfection treatment is critical for childcare and eldercare centres as they serve age groups who are more vulnerable to infectious diseases. These places should be disinfected at least every 3 months once.

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