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.

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.

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