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business | safety

A quaternary
disinfectant with a
neutral pH is preferred
for use on vinyl
because it won't
damage the fabric.
-Chuck Shipp,
Shipp Cleaning Systems

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avoid wetting down the fabric or equipment with water before applying the
disinfectant; allowing for the appropriate dwell/soak time (always stated on
the product's label); and taking other
measures, such as using a commercial
sprayer to cover all surfaces including
tables, chairs, ϐlooring and even HVAC
equipment, Shipp says.
"The interior [of the tent] is the most
important surface to be sprayed-the
exterior usually doesn't come in contact
with people and their frequent touch
points," he says. "However, inϐlatable
renters are spraying the entire inside
and outside."
A quaternary disinfectant with a
neutral pH is preferred for use on vinyl
because it won't damage the fabric, says
Shipp. For vinyl-based products, it's
important to avoid using bleach-based
cleaners because these will "rapidly
accelerate the degradation of the vinyl,"
says Joshua Propp, director, product
development for Value Vinyls Inc. in
Grand Prairie, Texas. The company
offers a range of vinyls and fabrics to
more than 40 markets, from heavy
industrial to recreational to residential.
Shipp says his company has also been
teaching infection-control techniques,
as well as developing employee safety
policies and procedures. This includes
providing the necessary personal
protective equipment (PPE)-such
as one-piece clothing covers, masks,
gloves and eye protection-and
detailing the proper way to put on
and remove this gear. The latter is not
as simple as one might think. Shipps
describes the sequence:
* After unzipping the coveralls, remove
the shoulder section, pulling the
outside and turning the sleeves
inside out. Do the same for the legs,
pulling each leg inside out. The entire
coverall should then be inside out
and off the body.

* Take off shoe covers and turn them
inside out.
* Remove the ϐirst glove by holding
the bottom cuff, then pulling it inside
out and off. Then, take two ϐingers of
the ungloved hand, slip them under
the palm cuff of the remaining glove,
and roll it up. Hold the interior of
that glove, taking it off and turning it
inside out.
* Last, remove the safety glasses/
face shield and then the mask. After
discarding disposable items, wash
hands for at least 20 second or use a
large amount of hand sanitizer.
"The key is to focus on how easily
cross-contamination does take place,"
Shipp says. "Something as simple
as disinfecting the pens you and the
customer use is critical."

The road ahead
Propp says Value Vinyls was quick to
research disinfecting/cleaning products
that would reduce or eliminate the
spread of COVID-19 without negatively
affecting the performance and lifespan
of its products. It's currently analyzing
the performance of speciϐic cleaners
against the company's products in the
ϐield to determine their effectiveness.
"Having our own in-house lab and
personnel dedicated to testing, we
developed and distributed a FAQ
which provides the recommended
cleaner, links to the CDC to gather more
information, and cleaning solutions that
are not recommended," he says.
Value Vinyls is also researching how
antimicrobial treatments-which
many of its products have-might help
combat the COVID-19 strain, although as
of yet, the company doesn't have a clear
understanding of the potential impact,
Propp says. Still, he adds, building in
additional antimicrobial protection
that will inhibit the growth of bacteria
is a "growing requirement," a demand

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