Electrostatic sprayers sanitize vehicles for hire

Vehicles for hire are defined around the world by many names. These terms can include:

  • Taxi, taxicab, Uber™, Lyft™
  • Black cars, limousines, limos
  • Busses, party busses
  • Carpool, vanpool, rideshare
  • Rickshaw, auto rickshaw, motorcycle taxi, velotaxi
  • Horse-drawn carriage
  • Water taxi
  • Aircraft

To sanitize vehicles quickly and efficiently for hire, electrostatic sprayer technology is now used. Electrostatic sprayer technology creates molecule polarity – positive charges to attract negative charges just like a magnet does. Electrostatic sprayers used for sanitizing add a positive electrical charge to liquid sanitizing solution droplets and propel atomized particles from the spray nozzle. Microbes are bacteria, virus, spores, mold and microorganisms; these are negatively charged particles. In today’s microbe-sensitive living environment, everybody is focused on ways to stay protected. Electrostatic sprayers are highly effective on vehicles for hire, and only when used with the correct cleaning spray solution.

Governmental guidance has been conveyed to use diluted bleach when sanitizing vehicles for hire. However, bleach has its limitations when it comes to surfaces. Bleach, even when used as directed, is not long-lasting and emits a strong odor that causes headaches and respiratory ailments. Considering drivers and passengers in vehicles for hire – the smell of bleach can have an adverse effect on the quality of service with passengers and drivers.

Spot surface sanitizing, after passengers hire a vehicle for transport, is also recommended by governmental guidance. Yet will the spot sanitizing solution ruin a vehicle’s interior, depreciate the value of a vehicle, and leave the owner disappointed? Therefore, it is crucial to know the effectiveness, limitations, and potential hazards of all available sanitizing solutions when maintaining vehicles for hire.

What is clear is that sanitizing has become a way of life for personal and public safety, for businesses, institutions, and consumers. Being aware of and using the safest most cost-effective, long-term approach to sanitizing vehicles for hire will protect both passengers and the vehicle owners thus creating a sense of loyalty for temporary use of a clean, sanitized service.

The best way to protect vehicles for hire, drivers, and passengers is by relying on the science of safe sanitizing.

GUIDANCE ON SANITIZING VEHICLES FOR HIRE

The goal with vehicle for hire sanitizing is to safely transport people. The primary guidance is to, “At a minimum, clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces in the vehicle at the beginning and end of each shift and between transporting passengers.” A list of EPA registered antimicrobial products is provided online. However, searching this list for an appropriate sanitizing product can be confusing at best.

If a sanitizing product manufacturer states that it produces a product with “EPA listed ingredients”, this declaration is traceable and should provide users of these products with peace of mind.

Additional guidance includes:

  • Using EPA listed sanitizing products on surfaces – not humans
  • Wearing disposable gloves compatible with the products being used as well as any other PPE required according to the product manufacturer’s instructions
  • A PPE gown is recommended

Sanitizing hard, non-porous surfaces within the interior of the vehicle for hire includes:

  • hard seats
  • arm rests
  • door handles
  • seat belt buckles
  • light and air controls
  • doors and windows
  • grab handles

To sanitize hard, non-porous surfaces, it is recommended to “clean with detergent or soap and water if the surfaces are dirty” prior to spraying a sanitizing product. For vehicles for hire, transporting a supply of soap, water, and towels to be used after each passenger is extreme behavior. For passengers hiring a vehicle for transportation, however, this level of cleanliness is appreciated and expected. There must be a happy medium to satisfy both driver and passenger.

Further, sanitizing porous surfaces within the interior of a vehicle may include:

  • carpet
  • seats
  • headrests
  • seat covers
  • headliner
  • package trays
  • trunks

Selecting a sanitizing product for porous surfaces is also a critical decision to make when using a personal or commercial vehicle for hire. Sanitizing sprays are often bleach-based or chlorine-based. Bleach and chlorine discolor fabric, as many people have experienced in the laundry room. Also, scented bleach products are not effective on microbes.

Guidance also recommends keeping a distance of six feet between passenger and driver. If this is not possible, a guard panel is recommended to keep separate the driver and passenger. Installing a guard panel in one’s personal vehicle for hire is also an extreme behavior that may damage and depreciate the value of the vehicle.

To complete the hired transportation business transaction, passengers can facilitate payment with online ticketing, through a mobile phone application (app), or through an electronic device provided by the driver. One University study discovered that “your cellphone has more germs than a toilet”. Choosing the ideal sanitizing solution for electronic devices is imperative to business continuity with vehicles for hire that use tablets and touchscreens to enhance passengers’ experiences and facilitate payment. The University study concludes with a word of caution about sanitizing sprays stating, “…might damage the equipment”.

Taking all of these “vehicle for hire checkpoints” into consideration, choosing the wrong sanitizing spray can create unintended damage and depreciation.

There is good news.

An advance in the science of sanitizing addresses all of these “vehicle for hire check points” and provides both driver and passenger with long-term peace of mind.

STATIC ELECTRICITY – A SANITIZING INNOVATION

Static electricity is defined as, “… an imbalance of electric charges within or on the surface of a material. The charge remains until it is able to move away by means of an electric current or electrical discharge.”

Static electricity is all around us, from plastic cling wrap in the kitchen and needing to use anti-static fabric treatment in the laundry room. Electrostatic fields can be created by:

  • Direct charging an electrode immersed in a reservoir
  • Atomized fluid contacting an electrostatic field
  • Creating fluid friction by forcing materials through a spray nozzle

Use of electrostatic science for sanitizing is made simple with an electrostatic sprayer.

These are seen in today’s microbe-aware environment as “backpack sprayers”. The EPA has found that electrostatic sprayers are efficient, reduce waste, and deliver a more uniform distribution of liquids over uneven surfaces. Electrostatic sprayers are highly effective in covering hidden and hard-to-reach places while sanitizing large areas in a small amount of time.  For vehicles for hire, electrostatic sprayers can address an entire fleet or a single vehicle rapidly.

Porous and non-porous surfaces treated with an electrostatic sprayer – using the right sanitizing solution that will not damage surfaces – generates extreme benefit from the science of safe sanitizing. All surfaces treated with an electrostatic sprayer will repel molecules directing the sanitizing solution to magnetically spread to surfaces that need it.

For vehicles for hire, what is most important to know is whether the sanitizing solution used in an electrostatic sprayer is safe, effective and provides long-term persistence.

BLEACH AND CHLORINE: Containing sodium and chlorine hydroxide, bleach is a toxic and dangerous chemical that has been traditionally used in surface sanitizing. However, bleach fills any space with harsh residues and fumes causing headaches, nausea, fatigue and burning of the eyes, nose, and throat.

In electrostatic sprayers, whether a liquid bleach-based solution or a bleach tablet dissolved in water, bleach requires 15+ constant minutes of sanitizing “wet” time. This results in saturating surfaces with harsh chemicals and a residual smell that can repel patrons from businesses. Bleach is also well known for discoloring and damaging textiles.

The NIH explains, “…the disinfectant potential of a bleach solution is not constant; rather, it decreases with time because of the relative instability of the active chlorine component. Bleach solutions lose potency at an accelerated rate when exposed to sunlight, oxygen, and heat.” Further affecting the potential for bleach with sanitizing, the CDC recommends rinsing bleach with water from properly sanitized surfaces then allowing to air dry.

The pH of water can also affect bleach’s ability to sanitize. A University report cites, “The effectiveness of chlorine is controlled by pH, temperature, contact time, and dose. Neutral pH (6.5 to 7.5) produces the maximum amount of hypochlorous acid. If the pH of the water is too low (pH < 6.0), chlorine will escape as a gas, decreasing effectiveness and increasing equipment corrosion.” In reality, the guidance given to use a diluted bleach-based solution to sanitize non-essential vehicles for transportation of passengers can create severe unintended consequences. Using bleach for sanitizing requires many additional time-consuming steps that can severely damage textiles and electronic equipment. QUATERNARY AMMONIUM CHLORIDE COMPOUNDS (QACs): Like a breath of fresh air for owners of vehicles for hire, QACs are eco-friendly sanitizing solutions for use in an electrostatic sprayer as well as from ready-to-use handheld spot spray bottles.  QACs are now available with 360-degree adhesion of a nano-thin layer of protection that is safe to use on hard non-porous surfaces, on porous surfaces including leather, and with electronics.

Leveraging the industry leading science from GlanHealth™ ensures public trust to once again frequent:

  • Vehicles for hire
  • Mass transit airplanes, busses, cruise ships
  • Homes, offices buildings, hotels, warehouses
  • Grocery stores, restaurants, food production facilities
  • Daycares, schools, and Universities
  • Hospitals and healthcare facilities
  • City halls, community centers, government buildings
  • Gymnasiums, parks, and public restrooms
  • Churches, temples, synagogues, and houses of worship
  • Addiction treatment facilities
  • Correctional facilities, jails, and prisons
  • Entertainment venues
  • …and more.

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