Elizabethton schools work to prevent flu with new electrostatic sprayer

Eric Wampler disinfects computers

Posted On: Thursday, February 22, 2018

Following a year in which illness-related absenteeism led to school closure, Elizabethton City Schools is taking a new approach to cleaning and disinfecting facilities. ECS will be using an electrostatic sprayer and disinfectant solution – the Clorox® Total 360® System – to kill bacteria and viruses on surfaces in hard-to-reach places.

“Our custodians have been working tirelessly to clean and sanitize, but during flu season, we still see more students missing school,” said Chief Operating Officer Joey Trent. “We hope this will keep our schools even cleaner and will prevent our students from getting the flu.”

The Clorox disinfectant kills flu and cold viruses, MRSA, norovirus, E.coli, and salmonella. The electrostatic sprayer system allows the cleaning solution to attach to surfaces in hard-to-reach places. The disinfectant works in two minutes or less and can cover 18,000 square feet in one hour.

“During flu season, we usually spend about ten minutes in each classroom disinfecting surfaces, on top of regular cleaning protocol,” said Harold McCormick Elementary Principal Eric Wampler. “With the Clorox system, we can disinfect a whole room in about a minute and get a better outcome with less time and effort. I think this is going to be a big deal.”

Clorox® Total 360® system will be used in Elizabethton schools after hours on a rotating basis between schools, including buses. The disinfectant solution does not use bleach. It is a quaternary ammonium chloride compound, or “quat,” which is low in toxicity and corrosivity. Custodians will maintain regular cleaning protocol alongside use of the Clorox system.

It has been tested and listed by Underwriters Laboratories as meeting national recognized Standards for Safety. It is used in athletic facilities, offices, and universities across the country, including the University of Tennessee. To learn more about how the Clorox® Total 360® System and watch how the system works, visit Clorox Professional’s website.

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