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July 2020

Electrostatic Sprayers Saves On Labor

The future in cleaning at large 
By Scott Kauffman

Now that many of America’s golf courses and private clubs are reopened to some degree, how these various business operations will play out in the near future is fluid, to say the least. But one thing is clear: Facilities and amenities will be cleaner than ever before.

Indeed, with no clear certainty when medical experts and pharmaceutical companies will discover solutions to control the coronavirus still afflicting people on a daily basis, society remains as vigilant as ever about hygiene and staying Covid-19/germ free.

One innovative method being used to maintain the cleanliness of clubs and businesses is electrostatic sprayers developed by Braintree, Mass.-based EarthSafe. In May, the company’s new EvaClean Infection Prevention System made national news when Delta Air Lines announced it started sanitizing every flight at every Delta airport using electrostatic sprayers as an effort to raise the standards for airline cleanliness.

Delta began using electrostatic sprayers to sanitize aircraft cabins on U.S.-bound flights from Asia in February. Since then, Delta aggressively expanded this pre-cleaning procedure to flights around the world, and two other major U.S. air carriers - American and United – and several major airports and large mass transit systems confirmed use of the technology.

At the Detroit Athletic Club, executive manager Charles Johnson was an early adopter of the technology, recently writing on Linkedin, “Our promise to members is that we will continue to be a leader in safe hygiene, sanitation, and food-handling practices, with all staff members trained in health and safety protocols. We’re looking forward to welcoming you home soon.”

Johnson was able to officially reopen the doors to his club June 6, and he is committed as ever in using the electrostatic sprayers for the safety of his employees and 5,100 members. Johnson got his first machine in early 2019, and the initial cost was approximately $5,500. 

Johnson says it costs roughly $50 to fill the machine with the cleaning solution, which covers about 80,000-100,000 square-feet of space.  Prior to the pandemic, a gallon of cleaner would last more than two weeks.  Now, with even highest standards in place, Johnson says the club is using 2 gallons per week.

When asked what he likes best about the disinfection system, Johnson says, “The efficiency it provides.”

“A trained operator can cover 98,000 square-feet in just over an hour,” adds Johnson, who’s in his 7th year at DAC after leading food and beverage operations at John’s Island Club in Vero Beach, Florida, and Saucon Valley Country Club in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, for nearly eight years. “That means we can keep the facility safer and healthier, while saving time, money and labor.”

Johnson hasn’t actually calculated the savings in labor costs by using the electrostatic sprayers because all of the saved labor is now being directed towards other member services. When asked to somehow quantify the difference in implementing the new system compared to the old tedious methods of “detailed cleaning/disinfecting of such a large square footage,” Johnson guesses it likely saved his club the equivalent of one (full-time equivalent) employee.

EarthSafe and sister company EvaClean were among the first to leverage electrostatic technologies with a line of Protexus sprayers, which create positively charged droplets to magnetically wrap around all surfaces. Airplanes, buses, trains and other forms of public transit can be thoroughly disinfected in a matter of minutes, according to the company.

Meanwhile, the chemistry in EvaClean’s PurTabs and PUR:ONE disinfectants is another unique component of the system. In addition to a top-level 2c kill claim against emerging pathogens, they are on the American Chemistry Council’s list of COVID-19 Fighting Products, as well as on the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) List-N of antimicrobial products approved for use against novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, the cause of COVID-19.

Yet, the company points out, EvaClean’s disinfectants are safe for passengers and crew. And now golfers and private club members are benefitting from this innovative new disinfection technology.

 

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