How to clean, decontaminate, and disassemble Abatement Technologies’ SHIELD WALL™

How to clean, decontaminate, and disassemble Abatement Technologies’ SHIELD WALL™

Our SHIELD WALL™ systems are designed for use in critical environments where pathogens are in no short supply. Therefore, when you’re done with a job using SHIELD WALL™, you’ll want to thoroughly disinfect them before storing and reusing them.

In this blog, we’ll walk you through the basic steps of decontaminating SHIELD WALL™. 

What you’ll need:

- HEPA Vacuum

- Paper towels

- Water-based disinfectant

- Gloves

- Mask

- Bucket

- Diluted bleach

- Polyethylene sheet

- Modular containment wall transport cart

How often should you clean your SHIELD WALL?

Cleaning the SHIELD WALL™ involves regular disinfecting while in use and decontamination before transportation. 

While on the job site, you’ll want to regularly disinfect the surfaces with a hospital-approved disinfectant, as outlined in step two below. Different facilities will have unique cleaning schedules and requirements, so be sure to check with the facility you’re working in at the start of a project. 

Second, you’ll want to decontaminate the walls anytime you’re transporting them to or from a new facility. In most cases, this is a two-step process. Ideally, you’ll begin the process while on the job site and finish the decontamination when back at your storage site. For this, you’ll follow all ten steps outlined below, as well as in the video.

The steps to clean SHIELD WALL™ 

Before transport from a job-site

  1. Vacuum the interior and exterior of the walls from the top down with a certified HEPA vacuum
  2. Wipe down all surfaces with a one-step surface cleaner and disinfectant that’s approved by the facility
  3. Disassemble the modular containment walls
  4. Place panels on an Abatement Technologies transport cart and secure them to prevent movement during transportation
  5. Cover with a polyethylene sheet for transportation

Once back at the storage location

  1. Raise panels to full height
  2. Wipe down corners, sweep, frame, and extrusion
  3. Submerge brackets and small hardware in a bucket of diluted bleach
  4. Dry all parts
  5. Place the panels and parts back on the transport cart, secure them, and cover them with a polyethylene sheet until it is time to use them again


Wear gloves: When working with bleach, even diluted bleach, wearing gloves is recommended to protect your skin. 

Wear a mask: Between working with bleach and working in critical environments, it’s helpful to wear a mask during the decontamination process to keep yourself safe. 

Check with the facility for any regulations regarding cleaning products and the cleaning schedule

Want to learn more about SHIELD WALL?

If you’re new to modular containment walls and want to learn more about how they can help you on your next job, we’d love to help. You can check the product details here or set up a consultation with one of our experts today. 

Meet Lukus St Jean – Inventory Coordinator

Meet Lukus St Jean - Career Story

For more than 30 years, Abatement Technologies has been a leader in clean air. But it’s not just our products that have made us successful - it’s our dedication to making a difference. Our team is committed to protecting those in critical environments, and to do this, it's important to ensure our customers have all of the products, materials, and equipment needed to effectively protect themselves and others from harmful dust and other pathogens. This is the job of our inventory coordinators, like Lukus St Jean. 

Joining a diverse team 

Before coming to Abatement, Lukus already had connections to the company. He previously worked with our production manager at another organization and was referred to apply to the Abatement team. 

“I already knew our production manager, Scott. But, I didn’t know my other supervisors. They each have their own personality and are able to bring something different to the table. It’s nice to have a variety of experts to lean on, and each of them are extremely helpful.”

Gaining experience 

Since Lukus began working at Abatement Technologies three years ago, he has taken on several roles. Starting in wiring panels and eventually moving to our Aire Guardian SHIELD WALL™ line, Lukus has extensive knowledge in protecting those in healthcare settings. In fact, Lukus was the lead hand on the product line for Abatement’s healthcare clients for the majority of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“Working through a pandemic in a company that makes air purification equipment was a unique experience. It was extremely fast-paced, but working so closely every day with our experts and learning from team members helped me get to where I am today.”

Making a difference 

At Abatement Technologies we are dedicated to making and perfecting equipment that helps improve people’s livelihood. 

“Working in this industry is so rewarding, and working in an environment where everyone feels like family just really makes coming to work enjoyable. We all have our own personalities and ways of working, but at the end of the day, we are all working to achieve the same goal - to help people.”

Does a career at Abatement Technologies sound right for you? Find opportunities here.