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business | safety

Cleaning tents used
at COVID-19 sites
Follow these best practices for cleaning tents installed
for medical purposes.
FAI's Tent Rental Division issued
the following "Recommendation for
cleaning COVID-19-related tents" in
late April in response to concerns about
how to safely and effectively clean tents
installed for medical purposes:
The COVID-19 pandemic has created
concerns with how to successfully
disinfect and sterilize tent fabrics,
framework, ϐittings, webs, ratchets,
poles and anchoring devices including
ballasts-basically any item or piece of
equipment that may be on the jobsite. The
Tent Rental Division (TRD) of Industrial
Fabrics Association International (IFAI)
worked with cleaning experts, vinyl
manufacturers and others to determine
the best practices for disinfecting
material and equipment before putting
it back into your rental ϐleet. Our goal is
the safety and comfort of employees and
customers using your tent products for
future events.
As stated by the New England Complex
Systems Institute (April 2020), COVID-19
(coronavirus) is mainly transmitted
via aerosols and droplets that exist on
surfaces, equipment, fabric, hair dust and
other particles for days. The disease is
spread when people touch contaminated
surfaces and then touch their face. Regular
cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces that
are frequent touch points help prevent
the spread of this disease.
There are many answers ϐloating out
there as to how to properly destroy the
virus. At the top of the list, and the only

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Additional resources
For more information on cleaning
and disinfecting tents, refer to these
resources:
* Chuck Shipp, Shipp Cleaning Inc.;
www.cleanatent.com; chuck@
cleananything.com
* www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cleaningdisinfection.html
* www.necsi.edu/coronavirusguidelines-for-cleaning-anddisinfecting-to-prevent-covid-19transmission
* www.epa.gov/pesticideregistration/list-n-disinfectants-useagainst-sars-cov-2
* www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/
NEJMc2004973?query=featured_
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100 percent effective way, is to properly
dispose of all fabric and equipment
used and replace with new. However,
this is not the only solution or the most
realistic. Hospitals have used vinyl
products like curtains for years, and
these are cleaned and disinfected after
use and reused again and again, so we
know that bacteria and viruses can be
killed with proper cleaning processes.
Let us start with the facts. Detergents
and disinfectants will break down
protein. The COVID-19 virus has a protein
shell that protects it. This means that any
tent cleaner that is on the alkaline side
of the pH scale will break down that
protein shell coating and spill it out of the
mycoplasma that makes up this virus. It
will be dead and gone once this occurs.
Tent installations for medical sites
should always be treated as contaminated.
These tents should be disinfected before
takedown. Quaternary disinfectants are
a broad-spectrum virus and bacteria
killer. Most quaternary disinfectants
have a human coronavirus and SARSassociated coronavirus rating listed on
the label. This type of disinfectant has
been accepted by the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC) and is on
the recommended EPA-registered "N list"
as an effective treatment of COVID-19.
Quaternary ammonium chloride is one
of several known disinfectants that can
treat COVID-19, and it is the one we are
recommending as it protects the integrity
of fabric and other products, whereas a

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