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Preventing Kennel cough at dog daycare centers

Kennel Cough is on the rise in West Michigan.

With more than twice as many reports as last year at one animal medical center, kennel cough has become something to worry about at dog daycare centers. You know your dog was vaccinated for kennel cough, but now he’s showing symptoms that look suspiciously like that very infection. Is that possible? In fact, it is possible for your dog to show signs of kennel cough — to even get the illness — despite the vaccination.

PREVENTING KENNEL COUGH HELPS PET CARE FACILITIES AVOID THE NEED FOR ITS TREATMENT

Kennel cough treatment

Dog daycare cleaning

If you are a pet groomer or run a pet boarding kennel or doggy daycare, you can offer your customers the next best thing in protection by ensuring your facility is being treated to control the infection . Fortunately, EcoVive can treat your facility to control the spread of the infection. By using an environmentally friendly product that is non-corrosive, non-flammable, and does not produce harmful chemical fumes with an EPA registered level IV toxicity rating (lowest rating allowed), a facility can be treated with much more freedom and thoroughness to more effectively reduce the spread of infection within these facilities. With the use of Sniper,removes or kills the airborne pathogens that cause kennel cough, including Bordatella, Parainfluenza and Adenovirus.








If you own a kennel, grooming facility or other pet care facility, EcoVive can provide a customized treatment for you facility. This way you can effectively protect every animal in your care against kennel cough and give your customers true peace of mind. Contact us today for a free consultation!

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Ozonated Water Cleaning

Cleaning with Ozonated Water: What you need to know

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 Some cleaning chemicals used around the home can be hazardous, many may cause acute effects such as respiratory irritation, headache, sneezing, and watery eyes in sensitive individuals or allergy and asthma sufferers.
We at EcoVive advocate Toxic-Free Cleaning. One of the keystones of toxic-free cleaning for the home is using liquid ozone (ozonated water) to replace chemical disinfectants. Ozonated water is perhaps the most misunderstood and maligned technology that we promote, largely because of misunderstandings about ozone in general.  Therefore, it has become the subject of undo concern.

To set the record straight, we’ve compiled a list of FAQs about Ozonated water.

  How safe is Ozonated water?

Liquid ozone is in fact a strong oxidizer.  However, this does not mean that it is corrosive or combustible in aqueous form (i.e. a solution of water).  In residential and commercial cleaning applications it is completely safe and won’t harm bare skin.  In fact, it may help to kill germs that your hands may have contacted during the cleaning process.  Therefore, you don’t need to wear personal protective equipment like gloves as you would with harsh, chemical-based cleaning solutions.

Everyday someone dies from household chemical exposure.  In fact, in 2000, cleaning products were responsible for nearly 10% of all toxic exposures reported to U.S. Poison Control Centers, accounting for 206,636 calls. Of these, 120,434 exposures involved children under six, who can swallow or spill cleaners stored or left open inside the home

How does liquid ozone work?

Ozone is a molecule of three oxygen atoms (O3) that is not stable and will breakdown quickly and form radicals having a high oxidation potential. This is what makes it a strong oxidizer and disinfectant.  During the oxidation, only one oxygen atom is used for the chemical reaction forming with hydrogen into OH-radicals.  Harmless to people, the ozone quickly attacks and eliminates contaminants it comes in contact with. The oxidization reacts with the cell walls of bacteria and viruses the same way hydrogen peroxide and iodine do, causing cell poration of the microbe, which leads to it’s death.  The oxidation also removes electrons of molecules, eventually rendering them inert.  In this way O3 kills the bacteria that cause odors, viruses that cause illness, as well as breaks down biofilm on surfaces that provide the food for microbes.

How long does ozone last

Ozone in any form has a 15 minute half-life. Which means that In 15 minutes half its solution has lost potency, at which point it is a better cleaning solution than disinfectant for the next few hours.

 What residues will liquid ozone leave after it dries?

 Contrary to chlorine, which always leaves an oxidation or disinfection byproduct, ozone simply will revert back to oxygen.

 How strong is Ozonated water?

Ozone is often compared to bleach and other chlorinated products as they are used in many of the same disinfection applications.  When used as such ozone has proven to be 50% stronger and 3000x faster than bleach.  In regulated cleaning applications, EPA guidelines direct us toward disinfection with chlorine and ozone.  For example, disinfecting with 1 ppm chlorine at a water temperature of 59°F and a pH of 7 requires a dwell time of 75 minutes. The disinfection efficiency achieved will be 99.9 percent.  Assuming the same temperature and pH, a concentration of 1 mg/l of liquid ozone water achieves a disinfection efficiency of 99.9% in only 57 seconds.  For this example giardia is the parasite used in the water sample because it is one of the most difficult microorganisms to kill. Ozone has many applications for both the residential and commercial customer.  We covered cleaning using liquid ozone quite thoroughly by now.  Ozone generators can be made for water treatment plants and are in use all over the world.  There are applications for it in laundry and dish washing, but mostly in commercial or industrial settings.

Ozone is being used on both public and private pools as a means of disinfecting pool water and is being used in laundry washing systems.  Another important application is air purification.  As an oxidizer it attacks the bacteria at the cell level, killing them and their aerobic activity, which is what causes odors and areas of potential for infection.

Still have more questions on Ozonated water?  Please feel free to contact us for information.

Call 616-401-9176 or info@eco-vive.com.

 

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Indoor Playground Cleaning and Sanitizing

Playground Cleaning and Sanitizing

Playground cleaning and sanitizing

Your playground is like a magnet to kids eager for fun. And it gives parents hungry for relaxation a time to unwind.

Unfortunately, it is also a harbor for microorganisms, including those that contribute to foodborne illness. On the playground, bacteria, fungi, and viruses pass from the kids hands to play equipment, to other hands, onto food and into mouths.

With children acting as they do—eating, playing, eating and playing some more—ensuring that playground equipment is properly cleaned and sanitized or disinfected is a critical component in providing a safe and inviting experience for both the children and adults. Taking steps to encourage customer hand hygiene before and after playground use will also help keep children and parents healthy.

“Effective playground cleanliness requires cleaning, rinsing, and sanitizing or disinfecting equipment surfaces,” says Gina McDowell, Food Safety Technical Consultant at Ecolab.

Cleaning of the playground equipment removes the visible dirt and other residues from surfaces and reduces the total microorganism count.

Sanitizing helps reduce the count of a variety of potentially harmful microorganisms. Disinfecting provides an extra layer of protection by totally eliminating them, including hard-to-kill viruses. But with any sanitizing program, as soon as a surface is contacted by a germ or virus it has been compromised. That is why we apply an Antimicrobial surface treatment that will ensure that the surfaces, both porous and non-porous are protected against the introduction of germs and viruses.

By employing Ozonated water to clean with, not only is the equipment cleaned and sanitized, but no harmful chemicals are left behind. Nothing but water and oxygen.

Many cleaning products and procedures being used to clean playground equipment use bleach as the main ingredient for their sanitizing steps. There are many dangers to using bleach on playground equipment that children climb all over.

Residue left over from chlorine bleach may cause:

  • Ingestion of bleach causes corrosive damage to the tissues of the gastrointestinal tract.
  • It increases asthma and allergy symptoms because of the likelihood of inhalation. It can also cause wheezing, bronchospasm and sometimes noncardiogenic pulmonary edema (a lung condition that prevents enough oxygen from entering the blood).

EcoVive offers a safe, eco-friendly way to keeping playground equipment safe, and sanitized that is both good for our children and our environment.

Posted in: Disinfectant, germs, Playground Sanitizing, Sanitizing

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Protect your Grand Haven Restaurants name with a germ protection program.

Germ Protection Program

One customer getting sick in your Grand Haven restaurant can do a lot of harm to your name.  It may be that it will be reported through social media about getting sick, or your restaurant may be shut down and need to be cleaned from top to bottom before it can be opened for business again.  This can all be avoided with a germ protection program from EcoVive.

Keeping you Grand Haven restaurant clean is the first step, but cleaning is not sanitizing. And, most employees are not properly disinfecting tables when they clean them off.  For the normal use of bleach water to be effective it must remain “wet” on the surface for 5-10 minutes.  Do your employees do this?

With the use of an Ozone treatment, which will significantly reduce germs, viruses and bacteria on both porous and non-porous surfaces, followed by an Antimicrobial Treatment with BioZone protectant which protects surfaces up to 90 days?

The application is guaranteed to significantly reduce germs long term. We show the process is working by performing a simple swab test which shows a germ “count” before and after the treatment process. During the 90 day window a random testing can be done to show the treatment is still working.

When a facility has been treated with BioZone Protectant, a logo will be placed in an obvious place so that your customers will know that your restaurant has taken the proper steps to create a healthy indoor environment for their safety.

To find out more about this important program give us a call, or fill out our contact form on our website and we will contact you.

Remember, once someone becomes ill in your restaurant and spreads the word, it is much harder and often times more expansive to gain the public’s trust.

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Surface Protectant Program- Grand Rapids

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Surface Protectant Program

 

There’s more to clean surfaces than meet the eye. Virtually any public area represents a potential breeding ground for microorganisms. Good hygiene and cleaning practices are well recognized as important elements for preventing the spread of these microorganisms. But this is not enough. Even having high touch point surfaces sanitized has failure points. EcoVive offers a Surface Protectant Program that will give another layer of protection.

The first is during application.  The EPA has shown that sanitizers need to be on the surface for up to ten minutes to kill all types of pathogenic threats.  This never happens, so the true sanitizing by cleaning crews and staff are not nearly as effective as advertised.

The second issue of concern is even more important.  The sanitizing process can be compromised minutes or hours after it has been done.  The best efforts of the most diligent cleaning program solve the infectious threat existing prior to the sanitizing process.  These efforts are nearly useless as new bacteria and germs are introduced with daily activity. High touch point areas in an office, school or daycare are easily infected with microorganisms after they have been sanitized.  They are touched by many people in a day’s time, and provide the perfect transmission point for pink eye, colds, flu, and more.

EcoVive uses BioZone Protectant, which  is an antimicrobial surface treatment. This is not the same process as found in most sanitizing processes.  Any surface treated with BioZone Protectant is converted into a microscopic killing zone that works for days, weeks, and months after application.

BioZone Protectant is odorless, works on all types of surfaces and lasts for months. With the increase in drug resistant bacteria and germs on the rise, protecting yourself, your employees or your patrons should be of concern.  EcoVive offers a layer of protection above and beyond what your cleaning company offers.

Call us today to find out more. 616-401-9176

Or visit our website at: www.eco-vive.com

 

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Restaurant Sanitizing-Grand Rapids

Restaurant Sanitizing

With the bad publicity that comes from customers getting sick at a restaurant, sanitizing should be a top priority. With an Ozone treatment by EcoVive your facility will be sanitized. Normal cleaning is not enough to protect against germs.

Sanitizing is the normal and natural duty for ozone.  Many of us have smelled the “Fresh Air” that comes after a spring thundershower.  The air seems so refreshing and rich.  Ozone is part of this process.  Lightning discharges form large volumes of ozone that linger for up to an hour after the rain has passed.  But, there is more.

Ozone attacks bacteria and viruses by destroying the outer membrane.  There is no defense as the gas penetrates throughout the building. Restaurants are pleased to know that there is no residue or VOCs created by this process. Bacteria cannot mutate to avoid ozone attacks.  It kills germs with the same effect the first time and the hundredth time.

EcoVive follows up our Ozone treatment with an Anti-microbial surface treatment. The process involves the use of a micron diffuser to create a fine mist that permeates the entire facility and covers every cubic inch of exposed surface area. Our treatment bonds to your facilities walls, partitions, countertops, ceiling tiles, doorknobs, light switches-virtually everything- killing bacteria, and preventing it from forming again.   It is a treatment that stays on the surface working 24/7 to inhibit bacteria, germs, odors, and even mold.  It would seem like a huge filtration system that attracts microbial threats with a biostatic charge, and then pierces the microbes as they land. It is non-toxic, non-leaching, and non-transferable. Our Anti-microbial surface treatment on surfaces will inhibit such threats as E. coli, salmonellea, and listeria that easily contaminate food and causes serious illnesses.

Schedule a consultation with our certified odor specialist. We will map out a program that will provide the punch that will keep your restaurant and your customers safe.

How it works

While your employees do a good job of cleaning, they can’t reach every corner of your facility. That’s what makes our treatment so effective- it kills germs in places where manual sanitation processes can’t go. Because our Ozone treatment is a gas, it gets into every inch of the building. Making your restaurant more sanitary than it may have been in years.

 

Schedule a consultation with our certified odor specialist.  We will map out a program that will provide the triple punch that will keep your facility and your clients safe. Call today: 616-401-9176

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