The importance of sanitising shoes
19 November 2020
AS BUSINESSES begin to slowly open their doors again, we will all need to make some changes in order to adhere to the strict safety guidelines for our customers and staff.
We know that washing our hands and socially distancing is incredibly important to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus right now. Essential businesses that are allowed to operate are sanitising high-touch areas several times a day such as door handles, countertops and so on.
What people may not realise is that there is another common virus carrier, your shoes.
Hygienic and sanitising matting should be used at all entrances and inside locker rooms to prevent the spread of bacteria on footwear. But why is that being suggested?
The recommended social distance ranges from 1.5 meters to 2 meters across the world as large droplets produced by sneezing will more rapidly fall to the ground.
A recent study by the CDC (Center for Disease Control), found that COVID-19 droplets can travel in the air up to 4 meters (13 feet)! When someone who is infected coughs or sneezes, the virus droplets land on the ground. These droplets are then walked over and carried further to other areas on people’s shoes.
The research team discovered the virus on floors, computer mice, trash cans, and doorknobs. What is most revealing in their study is that half of the medical teams’ shoes tested positive for the virus. Even more shocking, was that the floor, where no patients are allowed or had been, had a 100% rate of positive results for COVID-19.
For example, when someone with the virus coughs or sneezes in the supermarket droplets land on the floor. Someone can then walk through this and transfer it to their shoes. They then leave the store, get into their car where the virus is spread further, and then they enter their homes with the virus still on their shoes. The CDC concluded at the end of their study that stricter measures should be taken to sanitise footwear.
Notrax has several disinfectant matting solutions to help you further prevent the spread of COVID-19. Based on the resounding success of our 346 Sani-Trax sanitising mat, which has been used in the food industry for decades and often used as a defence to keep out contaminants in this industry during outbreaks of bird flu and other infectious viruses. Our R&D has been working tirelessly to incorporate this product into our entrance matting systems to create a quick and easy disinfection solution for all entrances as a way to further prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Combining three of the Notrax main matting features; sanitising, absorbing and modularity. Sani-Master is an extendable mat that cleans, sanitises and dries shoes.
Section 1 incorporates the Sani-Trax disinfection foot bath with flexible bristles that bend to immerse soles in disinfectant solution to disinfect shoes as traffic passes. Section 2 and 3 is extendable drying carpet zones which can be fully customised with a logo, design or used for communication of hygiene protocols such as hand disinfection and social distancing.
346 Sani-Trax “Original” Sanitising Entrance Mat
Flexible fingers provide a scrubbing action that dislodges contaminants from footwear. As traffic passes, rubber tips bend under pressure to immerse soles in disinfectant solution.
Convenient mat size fits most doorways. Suction cups on underside prevents mat from shifting.
354 Electroylsed Water Disinfectant
Justrite Electrolysed Water Disinfectant kills 99% of viruses and bacteria including COVID-19. It helps to kill viruses on hands, clothing and shoes without any irritation to eyes or skin and does not damage or bleach clothing. Electrolysed water is non-toxic and non-flammable.
Can be used with sanitising matting such as the 348-Sani-Master and 346 Sani-Trax.