CLEANING & SANITATION IS A COMBO DEAL!
BY DR. HAMAD SHAFQAT
JUNE 18, 2020
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is Cleaning?
Cleaning is an action that removes visible debris, dirt, and dust from a surface. While cleaning alone is sufficient in most cases, in certain situations, the problem, however, is the risk of cross-contamination. Having an excellent post-cleaning solution helps maximize the sanitation level.
What is Sanitizing?
Sanitizing is meant to disable and reduce the occurrence as well as the growth of bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Most frequently touched items and food contact surfaces should be sanitized as per the food code.
But, I have also heard sanitizing is terrible for building a stronger immune system.
At WABI, we also believe that exposure to some bacteria can help build a more robust immune system. Nevertheless, one may face certain times when it is a good idea to be precautious and take the extra step to minimize the spread of the germs and to help reduce the contamination as one’s condition only allows for very minimal germ exposure.
So, what are the steps for better sanitation?
If an item is washable, it is advisable to wash them with soap, water, and even light-scrubbing, if necessary, to remove the surface dirt, i.e., baby bottles. If the product is not washable, such as a cellphone, it is always better to clean it by wiping down all the grease and dead skin cells from the surface for the sanitization to penetrate properly. Next, place the objects inside the sanitizing machine to disable the remaining invisible microbes that you cannot clean off.
You’ve got your items cleaned and sanitized. Now what?
Well, you can do more. An additional step that is often overlooked in the outdated cleaning guidelines is proper storage. Unless you are in a vacuumed space, you are always surrounded by dust, pollens, and microorganisms in the air. Finding the right storage solution maximizes the effort you spend on cleaning and sanitizing. Imagine this, many households wash the baby bottles, then have a drying rack next to the kitchen sinks for drying and storage. What most people don’t realize is that the kitchen sink is also an area where food is prepared daily, raw meat getting cut, dirty dishes being washed, and maybe someone is sneezing around the house. All the droplets may very likely end up on these objects stored on the drying rack. Hence, proper storage of the objects after a complete drying cycle can significantly help reduce cross-contamination.
But it seems like a lot of work.
Yes, it does, doesn’t it? But, it doesn’t have to be if you have a WABI sanitizer and dryer. WABI offers products that are 3-in-1 sanitizers that sanitizes, allows for fast drying, and provides safe storage. The storage function activates the sanitizer every few hours to maintain the maximum sanitization level.
WABI has two models of sanitizers; one utilizes UV-C, and the other uses steam. Both are proven safe and commonly used in medical settings with a long history of trust and credibility. All you need to perform is the initial cleaning step; The rest are just on autopilot with a button press. Both sanitizers are equipped with the industry-standard 99.9% sanitation capability with 3rd party test reports from world-class laboratories, fast-drying, and a storage feature that offers continuous sanitizing to maintain the sanitation 24/7.
I see so many similar products on the market? What makes WABI any different?
That’s a very good question; the list goes on forever. All sanitizers are not of the same quality. Since the advent of COVID-19, we have witnessed even more new products in the market. While very few are indeed good products, most of them are not following the safety regulations, don’t have proper certifications, and even making false claims. Here is a good article about what to look for when you shop for a sanitizer if you are interested in more details.