- May 2, 2016
- Real Name
- Eli Rodriguez
Lightning Carpet Care LLC
You wouldn't clean before the disinfect?Dry sweep or vac first, a lot of that soil is non-soluble and will come up easier that way
Spray with non-corrosive disinfectant like Benefect or Bac-Shield, allow 5-10 minute dwell time
Use a rubber-specific cleaning agent (like Flexi-Clean from NCL) and the tool of your choice
Go over with conditioner/protectant (like Flexi-Sheen, also from NCL)
The disinfectant step is very important - some nasty critter diseases like parvovirus can last in a dry, dormant state for up to a year and can be reactivated by warm water.
I'd love to be able to pick your brain on maintaining a waxed vet floor that's about to cause me to kill someone.Dry cleaning first, yes, to remove any gross soiling and non-soluble crud that might get in the way of the disinfectant. Just like mold.
I would disinfect before starting the wet cleaning, to ensure you don't knock anything viable into the air with your pressurized water.
Back in my younger days as a vet tech, it was my job to swab out the rooms and cages where the parvo puppies and heartworm cases were kept. We used chlorhexidine, which is very nasty stuff, and I was on my hands and knees in the kennels breathing those fumes in til I got dizzy and had to back out. I do not remember those incidents fondly, and I'm still worried about what has happened to my chromasomes, lol. Today's disinfectants are much more user-friendly.
Amy do you have any experience with those products or any on waxed floors to remove the oils associated with animal fur and yet still disinfect? It seems like there's no one product that can do either.Neo-Gen, Canberra, and Zoetis are all well-known brands of veterinary cleaners and disinfectants. Their active ingredients are much the same as those used in our industry, but these companies pay for testing and labeling specifically for veterinary use, so it's worth covering your butt and using appropriate agents for this one.
As far as I can tell, you can buy virtually any cleaning product from any of those companies online without having a license.
Now if I could just get that point drilled into the facilities head I'd save on gray hairs!You're right, Mike, most of the time it's a two-step process. Just like with human debris, disinfectants and gross soils don't mix well. I'm sure the way we did it back in my days wasn't proper - like I said, I was using Nolvasan without a mask of any sort.
Thanks. I should take your point and give up cause it's already been a 2 year battleGood luck talking a vet into changing his or her mind on something, lol. They are by and large wonderful people with huge hearts, but many are afflicted with a God complex that makes them deaf to anything that contradicts their own personal opinions.