Limestone Infection Control owner Allan Brown.
Limestone Infection Control owner Allan Brown.

How a ‘deep clean’ works and why it’s needed post COVID

AFTER a lucky escape from the Philippines as COVID-19 broke out in March, one Ipswich couple decided it was a sign to start their own venture.

Allan Brown and his partner set up Limestone Infection Control earlier this year, servicing Ipswich and surrounding regions.

They were in the process of establishing a cleaning business in the months prior but the pandemic accelerated those plans.

"We had a wedding in the Philippines and it was to be for two weeks," Mr Brown said.

"We were lucky to get out as all the flights were being cancelled and there was no way to escape and get out of there.

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"So because of all that and the trauma associated with (his partner) losing her mother not long after that's when we decided we need to get busy and bring our aspirations into reality.

"We recognised there's a need in the market to do something a bit deeper and better than just your normal cleaning services."

Mr Brown said he has yet to do a deep clean directly related to a positive COVID-19 case but had gone through the process for jobs in Ipswich and Springfield as precautions.

His deep clean process involves: ensuring all the appropriate personal protective equipment is in place prior to starting, sanitising and cleaning all touch points, steam cleaning, disinfecting surfaces and then applying a 30-day protective coating.

"Our point of difference is the use of a swab test to provide evidence of the removal of any pathogens, biota (and) mould," Mr Brown said.

"I think we're starting to see a bit of change in people's attitudes.

"A lot of people are a bit blasé about it and not recognising the need to have adequate infection control measures in place.

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"If you go to your regular hotel or somewhere and you look above where the toilet is, often they're dirty and full of dust where germs and pathogens can be present.

"They're behind toilets, behind tap handles and things like that. By using a five step process (you can get rid of it)."

Mr Brown said he has worked in the industry in the past and his partner has 20 years working in the pharmaceutical industry.

He hoped the current pandemic would give people a better appreciation of the importance of deep cleaning services once life starts to return to normal.

"It's sort of like a double edge sword," he said.

"It's like storm water engineers. They're only really high in demand after a flood, then you don't hear from them for another 10 years.

"The rate of change in 2020 has been so huge, I think a lot of people are quite overwhelmed."

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