Problems in the Hospitality Industry
Hotel, restaurants and the hospitality industry in general are especially susceptible to viruses and bacteria as many people from various places pass through their premises. Guests leave behind viruses in hotel rooms, public areas, and on light switches and a myriad of other surfaces. Germ testing has shown the hazards even when a hotel’s cleaning staff are diligent. The potential for viruses and bacteria being left behind is significantly greater when Norovirus, rhinoviruses or influenza outbreaks occur. The problem then becomes magnified because viruses can survive on surfaces for up to four days.
In a recent study, researchers had 15 people with lab-confirmed rhinovirus (the common cold) spend a night in individual rooms at a hotel. After they checked out, 10 items the guests said they had touched were tested. About one-third of the objects were contaminated with rhinovirus.*
Use of Standard Cleaners
The present technology used by hospitality industry employs a manual cleaning process in conjunction with disinfecting liquids such as accelerated H2O2. This consists of a physical cleaning process that is labour intensive, low-tech and often unreliable because it is not uniform in its application. The increasing frequency of infectious disease outbreaks requires a new and innovative solution to the problem.
The Solution: ViroForce 1000
Research studies have shown that ViroForce 1000 can kill 99.99% of all Norovirus, SARS, rhinoviruses and influenza in a treated space. It can also remove extreme odors. Since it is a gas, it sanitizes both hard and soft surfaces and inaccessible areas. It is therefore the perfect solution for use in sanitizing hotel guest rooms, restaurants, and public areas. It is also ideal for use in sanitizing food preparation facilities.
Omega’s ViroForce 1000 is a mobile automated disinfecting device using ozone gas made from ambient air. It has a 30 minute turnaround time per average-sized room. After treatment, the room or public space is 99.99% sanitized from viruses and bacteria and can be safely re-occupied with no adverse effects on materials or occupants.
Viroforce: Odor Elimination Technology
The ViroForce cutting edge technology is designed to safely remove odor-causing molecules, as well. Odors caused by smoking, alcohol, fire and from building maintenance chemicals can be rapidly and permanently removed from a room. For example use of the powerful Viroforce technology permanently removes odors from a standard ocean cruise line cabin in 10 minutes including the conversion of ozone back into oxygen.
*The study was sponsored by Reckitt-Benckiser Inc., the maker of Lysol.