Covid-19 Testing in Your Home…Does it Work?

Lately, there has been a tremendous amount of information floating around about cleaning and sanitizing the air and surfaces around homes and workplaces that may have been infected with Covid-19. What is cleaning efficacy testing? Is there a way to really test for Covid-19 in my home? I am going to try to answer some of those questions for you to the best of my ability.

I hear a lot of talk about “efficacy”, what does it actually mean?

Simply defined, efficacy means effectiveness. In other words, when cleaning companies are promising to sanitize your home or office, you should really consider testing the efficacy, or effectiveness of their cleaning. “Trust but verify” should be the premise we work under. Promises by these companies come quite easily, but are they really delivering on their guarantees of sanitization? Efficacy testing for cleaning will deliver clear, independent test results that show success or failure with regards to the cleaning that was done.

Cleaning and testing of high-touch areas

Can you test for Covid-19 in my home or office?

Yes and no. At this point, there are no certified commercial lab tests to determine whether a surface has Covid-19. However, cleaning efficacy testing looks at the sampled surfaces for bacteria, mold and/or fungi. If the outcome of the sampling is negative for bacteria, mold or fungi, than it can be assumed that there would be no virus (including Covid-19) on the sanitized surfaces if the cleaning company used an anti-viral cleaner.

When should I consider testing?

If you are planning to have your home professionally cleaned/sanitized and would like to have testing for cleaning efficacy, this would make sense. If you work in a “high-risk” environment or have a person/people in your residence that have been diagnosed with Covid-19 or any other immuno-compromised disease, cleaning efficacy would be a reasonable choice at this time.

I am interested in learning more about efficacy testing. Now what?

For a Free 15 minute phone consultation, call the owner, Dale Ortman at (770) 533-3777.

Call if you have cleaning efficacy questions!