Deciphering Disinfectants with the Pros at Bishop Clean Care

Not all disinfecting products and methods are safe and effective. Educating yourself on proper usage and application is important. Here’s a quick guide to help consumers in purchasing products and services.

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Guidance on Disinfectant Application and Contractor Services

Guidance on Proper Use of Disinfectants (Antimicrobials)

Many contractors today are selling several disinfectant products and application methods for customers in the Albany, GA area. Like any disaster or contamination situation, consumers should be educated on the products and services they are purchasing. Not all disinfecting products and methods are safe and reliable, and not all contractors selling disinfecting services are properly trained to apply them. The following guidelines can help guide consumers in purchasing services.

Contractor Certification

Any contractor selling disinfecting services should hold a certification qualifying them by training and knowledge about appropriate product selection and application. Some examples in the restoration industry include the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA), or the Restoration Industry Association (RIA). In the Janitorial industry, this may include the Building Services Contractors Association International (BSCAI), or International Sanitary Suppliers Association (ISSA). Other associations in both the cleaning and restoration industries share knowledge about applying disinfectants. Contractors should be able to show proof of training and certification for disinfectant application. This ensures that they fully understand how to apply and use the products they bring into homes or facilities.

Occupant Safety

Disinfectants vary widely in their toxicity toward humans. Not all disinfectants are safe for humans, and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE; e.g., gloves, goggles, respirators) always is recommended when applying them. Also, it is recommended that surfaces be cleaned with an appropriate detergent before disinfectants are applied. Otherwise, reaction with soils can render disinfectants ineffective. Further, some disinfectants (ammonium chloride based) leave residues that should be cleaned from surfaces after application, especially food-preparation or consumption surfaces. Moreover, most disinfectants must be provided at least 10 minutes of “dwell” time to kill microorganisms including fungi, bacteria and viruses. Botanical disinfectants, such as those containing thyme and lemongrass oils, have low human toxicity, and are preferred in most applications, especially in restaurants and child-occupied facilities. Look for EPA Registration on product labels or Safety Data Sheets.

ULV Fogging

Many contractors are using Ultra Low Volume (ULV) fogging to apply disinfectants in commercial or residential spaces. ULV fogging is an adjunct to, and not a replacement for, manual cleaning with appropriate detergent (see section below on Cleaning vs. Disinfecting). According to most product formulators, personal protective equipment (PPE) is required for ULV fogging, and unprotected occupants should leave spaces during wet fogging, and for up to 2 hours following application. During the fogging process micro-droplets are dispersed in air and can remain there for several hours, which is why safety instructions from formulators must be followed closely. Botanical disinfectants may require less evacuation time, due to their low toxicity. Never stay in your home or office during any fogging or misting application.

Thermal Fogging

Thermal foggers use heat in the fogging process, which renders many disinfecting products inert. Do not allow a contractor to thermal-fog a disinfectant, since no actual disinfecting typically will occur.

Special Notes to Restaurants and Child-Occupied Facilities

Products with quaternary ammonium chlorides may not be appropriate for ULV fogging in restaurants without proper follow- up procedures. These products state that, when applied with a ULV fogger, they must be given 2-4 hours to settle out of the air, then food preparation and consumption surfaces must be wiped clean using a food-grade sanitizer or detergent. In a child-occupied facility, disinfecting products may come into contact with toys or other items that could cause residues to be ingested by a child. Carefully study product labels for application instruction for restaurants and child-occupied facilities.

Cleaning Versus Disinfecting

Most disinfectants state that surfaces must be clean prior to application, which requires manual cleaning with appropriate detergent. This is because soiled surfaces can prevent contact between disinfecting agents and the virus itself, and reaction with surface soils can render a disinfectant inactive. This cleaning does not necessarily have to be done by the same contractor applying disinfectant. However, when hiring a contractor to apply disinfectant using a ULV or spray mist, you should ensure that the surface has been cleaned by yourself, or a qualified cleaning contractor, or by the contractor applying disinfectant. It is also worth noting that not all disinfectants may be used as cleaners, unless specified by the product label. Always discuss the cleanliness of your facility in detail with your contractor to ensure that proper disinfecting occurs.


If you do not hire a professional contractor for disinfecting services, it is important that you review other guidelines specified in this document, and follow formulator label directions. Always wear PPE according to product formulator label instructions, and always apply products according to label specifications. Remember, to be effective, most products require a clean surface and a minimum of 10 minutes of wet contact with the disinfecting product. Always apply disinfectants and leave them to air dry. If you immediately wipe a surface dry, you may prevent the disinfectant from completely killing the virus.

Using Bleaches as Disinfectants

There are two common bleaches used in homes and businesses today: 3% hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) and 5.25-6% household chlorine bleach (sodium hypochlorite). Peroxide should be used in the 3% solution, but chlorine bleach should be diluted to a 1⁄2% solution (mixed 1:10; i.e., one part chlorine bleach to 10 parts of water). When used at that dilution, household chlorine bleach is a useful fungicide, bactericide and virucide, including killing emerging pathogens such as Covid-19. However, chlorine bleach can be toxic to humans, corrosive to metals, and damaging to many household dyes, fabrics and surfaces with overuse. Chlorine bleach, as a disinfectant, is not recommended for use in most home and office applications, and other alternatives should be used when possible.

What Disinfectants Kill COVID-19

No disinfectant, at this time, may make a claim on their EPA-registered label that the product is proven effective at killing the COVID-19 Coronavirus. This is because COVID-19 is novel and actual testing has not occurred. The EPA’s anti-microbial product List N is based on Emerging Pathogen claims, however many disinfectants meet the Emerging Pathogen efficacy requirements and may not have been qualified yet for List N. Always check product Safety Data Sheets (SDS) from product formulators on any product a contractor is using for disinfecting. All major formulators have released statements and disclaimers on their products, and these are readily available for access on the formulator’s web site, or by contacting them directly.


This document was prepared using information from reliable government sources by Bishop Clean Care, Inc., an IICRC-Certified firm in Albany, GA, for educating the general public on choosing a reputable contractor for disinfecting services during a time of national crisis. The provider makes no representations, warranties or guarantees as to the accuracy or completeness of any information contained herein, or that it use will result in compliance with any applicable laws, rules or regulations, or in safe, satisfactory or complete performance of a decontamination project. Users of this document assume all risks and liability resulting from use of and reliance upon information contained herein. Application of the information contained herein is dependent upon the type of facility being treated and the overall health of facility occupants. This document may be shared publicly with no specific credits required.

Pre-cleaning and post-cleaning. What you need to know about our services in your home.

If you’ve never had your carpets cleaned, you can be a little worried about what you are expected to do and what tasks the technician will handle. We have outlined how we handle your scheduled cleaning appointment and what you can do to help before we arrive.

Before We Get Started:

  • Please remove all breakable items from furniture you would like moved during the cleaning process. We will not move furniture with fragile items remaining in place.’
  • For their own safety, please arrange to keep children and pets out of the area being cleaned.
  • Secure any full-length draperies to a height at least 12 inches off the floor.
  • Please direct the technician to any spot or stains that may require special attention.
  • Inform the technician of any high value or antique furnishings in the areas being cleaned.
  • For your protection and convenience, the technician will not attempt to disconnect or rearrange electrical connections.
  • In the event that you must reschedule your appointment, please do so at least 24 hours in advance.


Before Your Technician Leaves:

  • Inspect the areas cleaned with your technician.
  • Check to make sure all furniture is in its proper location.
  • Ask for an estimate of drying time or any special drying instructions.
  • You may pay your technician with cash, check Visa or Mastercard.


After Your Technician leaves:

  • Try to stay off the carpet until it completely dries. If you must walk on it, use extreme caution when stepping back onto hard surfaces such as tile, as this may create a slip hazard.
  • Leave HVAC blower in the on position and turn on the ceiling fans until the carpet is completely dry.
  • Leave moisture shield under the furniture for at least 24 hours.
  • Vacuum soon after, and regularly after the carpet has dried.
  • If you have any questions, please be sure to contact our office. We ask that you report concerns regarding cleaning results within 10 days of service.
  • Your carpet will be dry in 6-8 hours depending on humidity conditions. Low air flow can affect drying time as well.

How To Clean Smoke Damage

The rapid spread of fire can happen in seconds, and even once it’s extinguished, devastating damage can be left behind. Following these tips on how to clean smoke damage will help you get a start on making your home live-able again after a fire.

Determine Level of Damage
It is important to understand how severe the damage is before you attempt to clean it yourself. Trying to clean serious smoke damage can possibly cause further, more extensive damage. If you are unsure how severe the damage is, be sure to contact a professional.

Stay safe
If you choose to clean on your own, make sure you’ve prepared yourself physically for this type of work. Heavy-duty gloves and plastic glasses are essential. Protective respiratory wear is also strongly recommended, as exposure to soot residue can cause breathing and lung problems.

Turn off your air conditioning system
To prevent soot from rapidly spreading, shut off your air conditioning system. Utilize box fans by facing them towards open windows to direct polluted air outside. Getting rid of contaminated air is an important step for cleaning smoke damage and reinstating a healthy home environment.

Use a soot sponge to remove loose smoke
Dry removal of soot is your best option for safely cleaning walls and furniture. Use a professional dry cleaning sponge, especially on walls with a flat finish paint. You may use water and a mild detergent, but only on durable surfaces that are non-porous, such as glossy paint, fixtures, and sealed wooden surfaces. Clean metal fixtures first, as they may rust quickly from exposure to acidic soot residue. If you choose to use a vacuum make sure it has a HEPA rated filter bag. Always clean high surfaces first and work your way down.

Launder washable materials
Wash all bedding, clothes, curtains, and anything else affected by the smoke damage. Utilizing alkaline agents in this process often neutralizes the acid found in the soot. Make sure to dry clean fine materials.





Hose down exterior surfaces
Cleaning smoke damage needs to be addressed outside your home as well. Soot on your exterior walls commonly clings tighter to surfaces than inside your home. Be sure to use a hose with an attachment that is able to shoot a high-powered water stream. This will help you effectively remove soot and dirt from the walls.

Learning how to clean smoke damage is no easy feat, and it can be hard to know where to begin your road to restoration. Bishop Clean Care can help you through this process by ensuring your home reaches a full recovery. Learn more about Bishop Clean Care fire and smoke damage services and start a plan to repair your home today.


Bishop Clean Care, Inc. is a residential and commercial cleaning company serving our Southwest Georgia community for over 60 years. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more cleaning tips, and contact us today to learn more about our extensive cleaning, water damage restoration, and duct cleaning services.

Five Things You Should Do If Your Home Floods

It can be difficult and overwhelming to try and clean up after your home is flooded, and there are many important steps that can be easy to forget. Check out these five things you can do if your home floods:


1. Check for Visible Structure Damage
It is possible that the physical structure of your home got damaged from the flooding. Look for any damage, such as warping or a cracked foundation. This is necessary in order to ensure that your house is safe for you to enter.


2. Document the Damage and Contact Your Insurance Company
One of the most important things you should do if your home floods is document the damage. You can do so by taking digital pictures and writing down details about specific items that were damaged. The next step is to contact your insurance company and notify them of the damage.
It’s important to know that you shouldn’t wait for the insurance agent to come out to your home to begin cleanup. That’s what you take pictures. Your job is to protect your home and your belongings to the best of your abilty.


3. Remove Water
Once you have determined your home is safe to enter, it is finally time to start cleaning up the damage. You can find a sump pump to remove the water at most hardware stores for $150 to $500. You can also use a wet vac, which is available for $40 to $130. Open any doors and windows in order to encourage air circulation. Also, turn on ceiling fans to help circulate the air.

Safe guarding your house and your possessions is a top priority. Should the water and cleanup be too much for a DIY job, contact a professional cleaning company as soon as possible. Every second counts when it comes to saving the items in your home from flooding.

Remember to take precautions: The water can be contaminated with chemicals or sewage so you should protect yourself by wearing rubber boots and waterproof gloves.


4. Contact a Professional Cleaning Company
Flooding leaves you at risk for excessive mold and bacteria growth and requires special cleaning procedures you may not be equipped to handle. Call your local professional cleaning company, like Bishop Clean Care, to assist in cleaning your home. Professional cleaning companies are trained to help work with your insurance company and the claim process.

There are many unpleasant results of flooding in your home. Follow these five things you should do if your home floods to get your house back to normal!

Bishop Clean Care, Inc. is a residential and commercial cleaning company serving our Southwest Georgia community for over 60 years. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more cleaning tips, and contact us today to learn more about our extensive carpet cleaning, water damage restoration, and other cleaning services.


5. Determine if Your Are in a Disaster Area
When a large area is affected by flooding, it is often deemed a disaster area by the government. If your region has been declared a disaster area, you qualify for access to more resources and, in some cases, financial assistance. Your insurance company should have information regarding your region’s status. You can also contact FEMA directly for information.

Alleviate Allergies with Spring Cleaning

We have had an unusually warm winter. We are not complaining about the temperature but the early arrival of pollen is most unwelcome! The nice weather might have sparked your spring cleaning fire a little early this year. As you are weeding out your closets and washing windows, consider adding these allergy fighting tasks to your list or better yet…have us do it for you!


Duct Cleaning- On a daily basis contaminants and air pollutants are created and pulled into your HVAC system 5 to7 times per day. If not cleaned periodically, they can cause build up and can harbor contaminants that could cause serious problems for people with respiratory health conditions, autoimmune disorders and environmental allergies. Adding a duct cleaning to your spring cleaning list could help you and your family breathe easier the rest of the year.


Carpet Cleaning- We live our lives running in and out of the house. Within the chaos, we track in many pollutants and allergens along with dirt. According to the American Lung Association, if members of your household suffer from conditions that can affect their breathing, such as snoring or asthma, it’s especially crucial that you vacuum your carpets at least three times a week. Routine vacuuming can help tremendously, but a professional cleaning removes trapped stains and kills bacteria with special detergents and high-powered vacuums. Don’t just clean the surface. You need to get to the root of the carpet to improve the air quality in your home.

Give us a call for a free estimate or schedule a cleaning tailored to your home.


Five Tips For Dealing With Water Damage

Water is powerful and can be harmful when it ends up in unwanted places such as our homes. There are necessary actions that need to be taken to recover what has been damaged and to prevent further damage in the future. Here are five tips for dealing with water damage.

1. Stop the flow of water immediately.

Locate the source of water leakage and attempt to stop the flow coming into your home. If the damage has been caused by a burst pipe or heater failure, the main water line needs to be shut off. If you have trouble locating the source, contact an expert.
2. Take photos of the damage as you found it.
Taking pictures of the water damage will be beneficial not only when professional help arrives, but also when filing your insurance claim. When dealing with water damage, having a visual of the initial damage that occurred in your home will be easier than explaining it.

3. Turn off all power.

It’s a well-known fact that electricity and water are not a good combination. Turn off electricity and gas from their main sources. Do not take on this job without being properly insulated yourself. If you need to stand in the water to turn off the electricity, refrain and contact an electrician. Doing this is not as important for small leaks, but when you encounter the unfortunate event of a larger in-home flood, it’s best to take all precautions when dealing with water damage.
4. Clean up quickly.
Once you’ve taken the above steps, do not let the water stand. The more time water has to set into walls, carpet, furniture, etc., the more damage it can cause. Dry out any affected areas by first mopping, then utilizing a fan, dehumidifier, or open windows to allow for air circulation. The quicker you dry the water, the less chance you leave for mold growth.

You don’t want water damage to leave long-term effects on your home. It takes a very minimal amount of water for mold to accumulate and become harmful. Disinfecting after the water is cleared is essential to avoid any mold and mildew buildup from the water. Steam clean any carpet and flooring, sanitize walls and baseboards, and check your furniture.

There’s only so much you can do when water damage strikes, and it can be scary to handle alone. That’s why experts are eager to assist you when dealing with water damage. Bishop Clean Care will not only help you recover, but also work to prevent water damage from happening again. Learn more about Bishop Clean Care water damage services and start a plan to repair your home today.

Bishop Clean Care, Inc. is a residential and commercial cleaning company serving our Southwest Georgia community for over 60 years. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more cleaning tips, and contact us today to learn more about our extensive cleaning, water damage restoration, and duct cleaning services.

Five Things You Should Know About Water Damage

Mold is an inconvenient and often dangerous issue many homeowners face, but did you know there are ways you can fend off the problem? Here are some ways to prevent mold growth in your home.

1. Common Causes.

New property owners are often unaware that there are several common causes for water damage that may not be obvious. Broken sump pumps, burst pipes, foundation issues, gutters, and failed bathtub seals are just some of the ways water damage may occur in your home. The more you know, the more prepared you will be if water damage does happen.


2. Insurance Coverage.
Not all insurance plans cover water damage. It is important to be aware of what your plan covers and what it does not. Oftentimes, homeowners find that weather and outside flooding damage is not covered in their basic plan. In this case, you may want to consider purchasing an extra plan as damage repair can be expensive.


3. Damage Can Get Worse.
Another important thing you should know about water damage is that the destruction caused can get worse very quickly. That’s why it is important to call as soon as you notice water damage or flooding. The longer you wait, the more damage will build up. Mold can start to grow quickly in the walls and floorboards, which can lead to serious health issues if not taken care of right away. It is best to call a professional within 24 hours to avoid any further damage to your property.


4. Water Pollution.
Water pollution levels are broken up into three categories. Level one means that the water is coming from a clean source, like your pipes. Level two means there is bacteria in the water and exposure could cause illness. Level three includes water that is very contaminated and can cause illness or disease with direct contact. It is important to be aware of of the pollution level of the water source. All three of these categories can cause serious damage and should be taken care of immediately. Call a professional if you are at all unsure of water pollution levels.


5. Professional Help
Drying out your space and cleaning up after water damage can be a big job, and it is one that you do not want to have to do alone. It is important to call a professional within 24-48 hours of finding water to ensure that your space is cleaned up properly and is safe to occupy. Problems can often hide beneath the surface and a trained professional can catch these and solve them quickly.

The danger and inconvenience of water damage can be a hassle, but it doesn’t have to be the end of the world. If disaster strikes, keep these five things all property owners should know about water damage in mind, and contact Bishop Clean Care to discuss how water damage services can get your home back to normal.

Bishop Clean Care, Inc. is a residential and commercial cleaning company serving our Southwest Georgia community for over 60 years. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more cleaning tips and contact us today to learn more about our extensive cleaning, water damage restoration, and mold removal services.

Should You Rent a Steamer or Hire a Professional Carpet Cleaner?

Keeping the carpet clean in your home or commercial building usually gets pushed to the end of your to-do list. Here are some things to consider when deciding whether to rent a steamer or to hire a professional carpet cleaner.


1. Cleaning
couchblockinstallationMaking sure your carpet gets thoroughly clean should be your main priority when deciding whether to rent a steamer or hire a professional carpet cleaner. If you choose to rent, be sure to do your research. Do-it-yourself cleaning units have a large range of power. While there are some powerful, deep-cleaning units that will work to properly lather and rinse your carpet fibers, there are many on the market that are weak and won’t get the job done.

Professional, truck-mounted cleaning units are extremely powerful. Their strong vacuums are able to suck up dirt, grime, and excess water to help your floor dry faster. The increased drying capabilities of a professional unit also mean that you’ll be able to use your cleaned room faster. Professional cleaners are also able to use hot water consistently to better lather the carpet and help the detergent be more effective in cleaning. The cleaning power of both options should stay high on your priority list.


2. Usability
professionalvacuumwideviewAnother thing to keep in mind when choosing between DIY cleaning and hiring a professional is convenience and usability. Rented steamers should come with instructions, but other than that, you’ll have to operate them on your own. While they are most likely easy to use, non-professional users are subject to error. Using too much detergent, not rinsing well enough, and machine malfunction can all negatively affect your carpet. An untrained eye might not be able to catch the issues during the cleaning process, which can lead to annoying and possibly costly consequences.

Hiring a professional cleaner is convenient because you are not required to do any of the work, including picking up and returning the cleaning unit. Also, because they are professionals, the chances of user error decrease significantly. Weighing convenience and usability should definitely be part of your process when choosing to rent a steamer or hire a professional carpet cleaner.


3. Expense
rakingcarpetThe question many in this situation ask is, “Which option is cheaper?” Steamer rentals are generally pretty inexpensive, with options to rent the machine by the day or week. Professional services tend to be more pricey but do a better job of cleaning your carpet. The cleaner your carpet is with each lather and rinse, the longer you can go before needing another cleaning. In the long run, you need to consider if you’re willing to pay a little extra to deep clean your carpet once or twice a year or pay to rent a cleaner multiple times and wash your carpet frequently yourself.

While rental cleaning units and steamers might be a good choice for small, simple-to-clean areas, a professional cleaning service is most likely needed for bigger projects. If you’re trying to decide whether to rent a steamer or hire a professional carpet cleaner, take time to research your options. You can learn more about Bishop Clean Care’s carpet cleaning and other special services here.



Bishop Clean Care, Inc. is a residential and commercial cleaning company serving our Southwest Georgia community for over 60 years. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more cleaning tips, and contact us today to learn more about our extensive carpet cleaning, water damage restoration, and other cleaning services.

Three Ways Cleaning Your Ducts Will Benefit Your Property

Out of sight, out of mind. That is often the cause of neglected ductwork. Many property owners don’t realize the amount of dust, dirt, and hair that can accumulate in their ducts and how it can be affecting their health, comfort, and wallet. Here are a few ways cleaning your ducts will benefit your property.


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1. Healthier Air Quality
Did you know that dirty ductwork affects the air quality of your home or commercial building? Normal life causes air contaminants to build up in your ducts, and many foreign particles can make their way into your ventilation system. Mold, debris, dust, dander, chemicals, and vermin can be lurking in your ductwork and circulating through your home. Breathing in these contaminants can create pretty serious issues for those with respiratory problems, allergies, and other health issues. Having your ducts professionally cleaned will better the air quality in your home and allow a specialist to identify dangerous contaminants if you have them.


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2. Improved Circulation
Ductwork systems are complex, and a simple, routine dusting of the parts you can see—your vents—does not clean the ventilation running through the floor and walls. That means that unseen buildup can be preventing a good airflow through your ductwork system. Cleaning your ducts will remove built-up dust and particles and allow air to better circulate through your air conditioner and heating system. This will make you more comfortable and your airflow more consistent.


3. Energy Savings
12302635 - worker holding blue pipe in place under air ductsReducing your energy bill costs is another way cleaning your ducts will benefit your property. The less your HVAC system has to work to heat and cool your home, the less money you’ll be spending on energy. Clean ducts will help create a more efficient airflow and allow your heating and cooling system to run more easily. Cleaning your ductwork will not only help your HVAC system perform its best, but it will also extend its life. Overworking your system with dirty ductwork can cut back on its lifespan. Creating clean, easy pathways for your heating and cooling system to send air through can only help your wallet in the long run.


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Don’t wait for buildup and obstructions in your home or building’s ductwork to start costing you. Save time, money, and energy by contacting a professional to discuss your options. You can learn more about Bishop Clean Care’s duct cleaning services here.



Bishop Clean Care, Inc. is a residential and commercial cleaning company serving our Southwest Georgia community for over 60 years. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more cleaning tips, and contact us today to learn more about our extensive cleaning, water damage restoration, and duct cleaning services.