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:
- Paper towels
- Water-based disinfectant
- 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
- Vacuum the interior and exterior of the walls from the top down with a certified HEPA vacuum
- Wipe down all surfaces with a one-step surface cleaner and disinfectant that’s approved by the facility
- Disassemble the modular containment walls
- Place panels on an Abatement Technologies transport cart and secure them to prevent movement during transportation
- Cover with a polyethylene sheet for transportation
Once back at the storage location
- Raise panels to full height
- Wipe down corners, sweep, frame, and extrusion
- Submerge brackets and small hardware in a bucket of diluted bleach
- Dry all parts
- 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.