How UV Light Can Help Sanitize Your Restaurant During This Pandemic

It can be incredibly difficult to ensure all surfaces have been cleaned properly or there are certain areas that might not be regularly sanitized. Depending on what you are trying to clean, different types of sanitizers or disinfectants are recommended. It is hard to know the right cleaner for each type of situation and to follow all of the guidelines (which are sometimes up to 10 minutes of a surface remaining visible wet with certain chemical disinfectants).

UV light offers an additional layer of protection to ensure germs are killed anywhere the light touches. This is not only insurance against areas that may have been missed during standard cleaning, but also for areas that may not be conducive to being easily disinfected with chemicals.

#1: UV LIGHT CAN TACKLE MOLD & MILDEW
A common battle that many restaurants face is the struggle to combat mold and mildew in walk-in freezers. While moisture is mold’s friend, depending on what you store in your walk-in freezer, it might not be possible to keep mold and mildew at bay simply by controlling the humidity level. The walk-in freezer is also a place that may be hard to disinfect regularly from both a time perspective and keeping your food safe from harmful chemicals.

That’s where an installed solution that deploys UV light to disinfect your walk-in refrigerator or freezer comes in. UV germ-killing light installed in your walk-in freezer can safely kill mold and mildew, but it’s also safe for use around food. For over half a century, using UV light in food processing plants has been used to safely and effectively combat foodborne pathogens.

#2: UV LIGHT CAN DISINFECT YOUR ORDERING AND POS DEVICES
Non-food contact equipment are another common violation category. There were over so many violations in Florida food service establishments in 2016-2017. Therefore, it’s critical to have strategies in place to sanitize all types of surfaces and equipment.

With changing consumer trends, more and more restaurants have started incorporating technology for placing orders or kiosks for patrons to play games or pay their bill. How are these items being cleaned?

UV Light used in the portable germ-killing units from Violet Defense could be positioned each night to help disinfect these types of items without having to worry about harming electronics with chemicals. However, the benefits could go further if you could then incorporate a digital display into those kiosks. Cleanliness and ambiance matter to your customers, so let your patrons know how you are taking cleanliness of everything from kiosk to kitchen seriously.

#3: UV LIGHT CAN AUTOMATICALLY DISINFECT YOUR BATHROOMS
Many customers will make assumptions about the cleanliness of your kitchen based on the cleanliness of your bathrooms, so this is a great opportunity to leave a positive impression in their mind. Using UV germ-killing light to disinfect bathrooms not only helps better protect staff and customers from potentially harmful germs, you are helping to create a better experience, which is important for customer satisfaction and brand loyalty.

One of the challenges that is posed with keeping places like restrooms clean is that bacteria quickly repopulates. A recent study of germs in public restrooms, found that “within one hour of sterilization, the bathrooms were completely recolonized with microbes.” Once installed, the germ-killing lights from Violet Defense can automatically disinfect a bathroom anytime it’s unoccupied. This technology is already in use in various public settings, including hotel and school bathrooms.

#4: UV LIGHT CAN REDUCE YOUR DEPENDENCE ON CHEMICALS
A great benefit of UV light for disinfection is that it is chemical-free, helping protect your staff, customers, and equipment from the potentially harmful effects of certain chemicals. Use soap and water to clean off dirt and grime from any surfaces, then the UV light can disinfect spaces throughout your restaurant – anywhere the light touches. It has been proven effective at killing up to 99.9% of many of the most harmful foodborne pathogens, including E. Coli, Salmonella, and Norovirus.

It only takes one outbreak to ruin the reputation of a restaurant or force a shutdown costing thousands of dollars (if not more). Disinfecting with UV light can add a layer of protection for you, your staff, and your customers against foodborne illnesses.

Contact Parker Lighting to learn more about how UV light can help with your business safety goals.

Businesses turn to ultraviolet lighting to ease customer concerns about sanitation

As businesses prepare to reopen to customers at limited capacity, additional sanitation methods are being considered beyond standard surface cleaning.

Breckenridge Grand Vacations, which manages more than 800 units, has brought portable, ultraviolet lights into all of its resorts. The lights are meant to disinfect rooms between stays as well as common areas such as lobbies, spas and gyms.

The UV lights come from the Lakewood-based company PURO UV Disinfection Lighting, which claims the UV lights kill up to 99.9% of viruses and bacteria. The company’s lighting units also are used in places like hospitals and manufacturing facilities. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has published findings that UV lighting, along with two other methods, has shown the most promise to disinfect N-95 respirators.

Breckenridge Grand Vacations CEO Mike Dudick said he learned about the availability of the technology about three weeks ago and jumped on it immediately because he was concerned suppliers wouldn’t be able to keep up with demand for the products. He said the company now has at least 50 of the UV lights, which are set up on a tripod and can handle one room at a time for 15-minute intervals.

“We obtained a sufficient supply to be able to meet our demand for unit turnover on any given day, so we can assure that we’ll be able to use this technology for every unit and every guest check-in to make sure the unit has the hospital grade UV light disinfection,” Dudick said.

Dudick added that common areas will be disinfected daily by using the lights in the middle of the night, or when there is otherwise no human activity, as the UV lights are harmful to people when directly exposed.

As Breckenridge Grand Vacations prepares for a reopening date of June 1, staff is being trained to operate the hotel using the new technology. Dudick said they are being trained to use the lights safely and properly to fully disinfect rooms.

“It is way beyond disinfecting a countertop or a tabletop in a unit,” Dudick said. “It’s the bedspreads. It’s the drapes. It’s the couches, the chairs, the carpet. I think that most consumers are going to begin to demand that they have the security of UV light and hospital-grade disinfectant anytime they rent a place to stay.”

Some local shop owners also are using the disinfectant capabilities of UV lights. Salon owner Melanie Ash of Melanie Ash Integrative Beauty has purchased UV lights for her salon that she plans to use during longer breaks between clients and at the end of each day to thoroughly sanitize the space. In addition to the UV lighting and required standard sanitation and facial coverings in the salon, Ash has implemented other creative ways to keep her business space as clean as possible. She asks clients to shampoo their hair prior to coming in since the stylists will be touching the client’s hair.

“It’s just another layer of keeping the space sanitized and respecting others,” Ash said.

In his Mountain Mercantile and Everything Colorado shops, co-owner Graeme Johnston has opted for a UV-based air filtration system that can run 24 hours a day.

“We’ve been looking at it for our shops and also for our homes to tell people this is what we’re doing to help get rid of (germs) in our stores and help kill all the viruses and bacteria that we didn’t think about as far as two months ago,” Johnston said. “It was a Clorox wipe and off we go.”

Johnston explained that one air purifier, which he found for $400, is sufficient to purify about 750 square feet. He said there are larger purifiers that work for larger spaces. Johnston said the UV technology available can help revive Summit County’s tourism economy.

“We have to get back and say to people with confidence that, ‘When you come up here, this is what we have done to protect your safety and also the safety of our employees, people in our society, in our community,’” Johnston said. “The air purifier is an inexpensive way to get this out.”

Johnston noted that the purifiers are easy to use as they simply plug into the wall. He stressed that additional sanitation measures businesses can take, like the UV lights and filters, will help people feel safe from coronavirus as well as anything else that travelers might bring to Summit County.

“If it works, this could be a good solution for the whole industry,” Johnston said.

Why Your Office Needs UV Light Sanitizing

Of course, there are specific ways to best keep your skin clean, whether it’s oily, acne-prone, or otherwise. Yet, one device can often get neglected during our daily hygiene and cleanliness routines: Our phones, which we put through the ringer every day.

  • You’re constantly scrolling through it — eating, resting in between sweaty sets at the gym and so on
  • Maybe your kids are grabbing it with less-than-clean hands
  • Or maybe you’re whipping up dinner (hello, raw chicken), following your favorite recipe.

There’s a lot of microbes hanging around on your stuff.

What are ultraviolet (UV) light sanitizers?
“Unlike the average American, our tech devices don’t take a shower each day,” says Michael Schmidt, PhD, a professor with the department of microbiology and immunology at the Medical University of South Carolina. “We take a shower to remove the microbes affiliated with our skin. The only thing that microbes like better than human skin is plastic and glass,” he explained. In other words, microbes are attracted to your smartphone, your earbuds, your tablet and other products you likely use everyday.

Until recently, your best option was to use a microfiber cloth — or an alternative — to physically wipe these microbes away. Recently, companies have been releasing products equipped with ultraviolet (UV) light to sanitize products (or themselves). These UV light sanitizers promise to rid your tech and other household items of germs that might make you sick.

How do UV light sanitizers work?

The UVCH (Handheld) – Designed for difficult to reach places, the compact high-power design provides 99.99% effective log-reduction of microorganisms in 5 seconds or less when held 2 inches from any surface. Lightweight and easy to use.

On the UV light spectrum there are UV-A, B, and C lights. Only the UV-C light can kill germs, says Philip Tierno, PhD, a clinical professor in the department of pathology at New York University Langone Medical Center.

“This light has a range of effectiveness, which interferes and destroys the nucleic acids of bacteria and other microbes,” Tierno explained, adding that the range of light can also disrupt proteins in the microbes by killing certain amino acids. They work best on smooth surfaces and have limitations, Tierno advised.

“UV-C penetrates superficially, and the light can’t get into nooks and crannies,” he explained. That includes things like buttons or phone cases, which are lined with crevices. If a germ is encased within a food particle, for example, the UV light won’t be able to get at it.

“These kill microbes quickly,” Michael Schmidt said. “But when your device comes out, it’s only as safe as its last encounter.” In other words, using the UV light sanitizer doesn’t license you to get dirty and ignore possible new germs on the phone.

UV light sanitizers to shop in 2020
If you’re considering grabbing a UV light sanitizer or a product that uses UV lights, here are some uses you’ll likely get out of it:

These sanitizers can really shine if multiple people are around your tech devices through the day — as in an office, for example.
They make for a quick clean for your tech after your kids (or grandkids) had their way with it
And they can be helpful after a day out hiking, gardening, running and so on or a day in cooking, cleaning or playing around with your pets.
Beyond UV-sanitizing devices that clean your tech, there are also products that use UV light to clean what’s inside them, like water bottles that self-clean. (Because you know you don’t wash your water bottle as often as you should.) These also employ UV-C light to rid germs and viruses on their interior.

We carry UV Sanitizers!

Parker Lighting continues to shine in our community supporting our local businesses.  Due to increased demand our uv sanitizers are selling out quickly. Please contact us today to get one for your business or office.

Subway Trains and Buses in NYC Disinfected by UVC to Fight against Coronavirus Infection

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) in New York City is using UV lamps to sanitize subway cars and buses for COVID-19 infection prevention, reported New York Daily News.

MTA announced that it will close the subway system from one to five a.m. every day since May 6, 2020 to deep clean and disinfect all the trains and buses to combat coronavirus. One of its disinfecting solution is using UV lamps to deliver UVC radiation for diminishing bacteria, viruses and other pathogens in the cars.

The disinfection project applying UV lamps was supported by MTA’s partnership with Columbia University. The UV lights will be tested on part of the subway trains and buses since May 11, 2020. The project would be expanded if researchers at Columbia University confirm the effectiveness afterward.

David Brenner, director of Columbia University’s Center for Radiological Research, noted that his research team is working on “far UVC” technology which can wipe out COVID-19 without causing harm to human body. Compared to the commonly known germicidal UV light with wavelength between 250nm to 280nm, far UVC light has shorter wavelength with the range of 205 to 230 nm and cannot reach or damage living human cells but can still kill viruses in the air or on surfaces.

Brenner said far-UVC light could be a game changer in the fight against COVID-19 as “it can be safely used in occupied public spaces, and it kills pathogens in the air before we can breathe them in.”

Creative Kitchen Lighting Options

Light your kitchen with fun fixtures and sleek LED strips to create a custom look.


Lighting can play a huge part in tying together a space. Particularly in the kitchen, which usually tends to be a main gathering space for most families, lighting can help to highlight special features, add practicality to the space and infuse the homeowner’s style into the design.

Here are some creative ways to light your kitchen.

LED lights inside cabinets
Many people are intrigued by long-lasting, energy-efficient LED lights and will use LEDs in their accent lighting. Using LED lights to highlight your kitchen cabinets can be a creative yet frugal way to add another dimension to your kitchen lighting, while adding a personal touch to the space.

Under-cabinet lighting
Oftentimes, it’s the subtle things that make lighting stand out in a kitchen. Adding under-cabinet lighting is not only practical for lighting areas in hard-to-reach places, but can accentuate areas of interest in the kitchen like the backsplash and countertops.

Why not shine a spotlight on the design and selections that make your kitchen beautiful?

 

Modern light fixtures
While practicality is usually the main goal when it comes to lighting, choosing lighting fixtures can allow customers to add their own style to a kitchen.

While some homeowners may not go as bold on the kitchen countertops or backsplash, adding modern lighting fixtures can be a good way to add the personal taste they crave — without the permanency of the other kitchen elements.

Current lighting trends
When in doubt, go with the trends. Opal rather than clear glass is gaining popularity due to it’s ability to diffuse light. Streamlined wall sconces can also play a part in lighting hard-to-reach areas, as well as add personal flair to the space.

For your fixtures, the ‘mixed metal’ look is very popular right now. Try a copper, gold and chrome combination when choosing your kitchen lighting.

Overall, there are many creative ways to light your kitchen without sacrificing practicality. Take the opportunity to let your style shine through and research the many different lighting options before starting your project.

What kind of lighting do you use in the kitchen?

 

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