With the coronavirus crisis, high on the agenda of discussion is disinfecting. We need sanitized and hygienic work places, homes and commercial areas more than ever before. One control measure, becoming more of a trend as a means of extra precaution, is Fogging.

What is Fogging? Fogging uses disinfectant sprays as an effective way to disinfect high levels of horizontal surfaces. The fog penetrates in hard to reach areas that are often missed or forgotten, small or confined spaces and penetrate porous surfaces.

What does a fogging machine do? The fogging machine or fogger is versatile equipment that uses a fine spray to apply a chemical solution, conventionally used for pest control, is now becoming increasingly popular as a means of sanitizing surfaces.

The fogger uses pressure to create a fine mist or fog applied to the targeted area, the spray density typically being moderated by a manual valve to ensure the optimum effect. Depending on the type of fogger being used, it is possible to spray up to 12 meters, enough to cover a large room.

The Benefits

  • Fogging is perceived to be safe and effective when followed through correctly by professionals and trained workers.
  • Effective at reducing and eliminating air-borne contaminants.
  • Effective at disinfecting hard to reach areas that are often ignored.
  • Highly effective at disinfecting horizontal surfaces.
  • Bio Hygiene’s surface sanitizers, which are suitable for fogging, have proven effective on surface and demonstrated up to 5 log reductions after 5 minutes.

The limitations:

  • Fogging is only partially effective on vertical walls due to the presence of gravity, causing the disinfectant drops to fall.
  • Fogging is not effective at disinfecting the undersides of horizontal surfaces.
  • It has no impact on closed areas such as electrical boxes etc.
  • Electrical components can be damaged by the fog if not properly covered or removed from the area.
  • Fogging is nota replacement for standard cleaning practices.
  • Keeping the area clear of people when treatment is underway as inhaling any unpleasant chemicals can be hazardous for some.

Many of the household appliance companies like dehumidifiers or portable air conditioner manufacturers are now producing and selling fogging machines in Dubai and across the UAE as a means of precaution to be used at commercial and residential sites extensively.