When you think about sanitizing, what product comes to mind usually? If you thought of Lysol, then you are like most people. However, when it comes to sanitizing the air in your pet care business, which is the best option? There are many options marketed today including sprays, ozone, ionizers, and UV disinfectants. But, what is the right way to clean the air? What is the safest option? Let’s take a look and compare some common air sanitizers.
Disinfectant and Sanitizing Sprays
While Lysol is a popular household disinfectant spray, there are many other trusted brands available on the market that claim to sanitize up to 99% of germs in the air and on hard surfaces. Just be sure that you choose one that is effective at cleaning areas that people come in contact with, but safe to use around dogs, and one that specifically kills canine viruses such as the dog flu, canine cough, and the like.
Ozone generators claim to deodorize, disinfect, and kill airborne germs in the air by releasing ozone gas. We want to be very clear about ozone generators, while they claim to be effective, they actually are banned in the state of California for their harmful effects. Furthermore, Good Housekeeping won’t even consider their application for the magazine’s notorious Good Housekeeping Seal, because they are so dangerous. So, although these machines are available for sale in all other 49 states, be sure that you do some research before purchasing one for your facility.
Air ionizers work by releasing a negative charge into the air that then grasps onto particles, pulling the pollution down to surfaces such as the floor, tables, or even kennels, dog fur, or people! They claim to kill airborne pathogens. However, there is no specific timeframe as to how long this process takes. It may not be in enough time to prevent spreading an airborne disease to other furry visitors of your business. This is a point to consider if you are thinking about an air ionizer.
UVGI, also known as ultraviolet germicidal radiation units are quite unique in that they circulate and purify the air, killing pathogens, viruses, and bacteria in the air. They generally are safe for humans and pets, although make sure you do your homework as some units may produce ozone. Also, don’t get this UV light confused with UV-A or UV-B rays, which cause premature aging and skin cancer. UVGI is actually dubbed UV-C by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
If you are considering an air sanitizer for your facility, it is best to speak with someone who knows from experience. The consultants at Life is Woof can assess your business needs, and discuss the pros and cons of different products.
To learn more about our services, or for help choosing the best air sanitation system for your business, contact Life is Woof at lifeiswoof.net. We understand the ins and outs of owning a pet care business, and we want to help you achieve your dreams of owning and operating a successful business of your own.