Clean Buildings and Healthy Environments 

Professional Maintenance of Michigan, Inc. Declares War on The Coronavirus

We have been tracking the advance of COVID-19 for several months now and have declared war on the spread of the coronavirus. However, we can only slow its advance in spring and summer with more Sunshine (UV Lighting) but more about this later.

First, I must say to our customers that the disinfectant we already use in your offices has been approved to kill the Human Coronavirus. This is not true of all disinfectants on the market. It is also important to remember that it is recommended that all the disinfectants that kill the Human Coronavirus must be surface wet for 10 minutes. Just spraying and wiping will not have the desired effect.


  • Wash your hands with soap and water.
  • Do not depend solely on hand sanitizer. Currently, Purell (the largest hand sanitizer manufacturer) is under warning from the FDA regarding the claims it makes about the germs and diseases it kills. Their advertisements simply are not true. Wash your hands with soap and water.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. I would stop shaking hands and hugging people if you are unsure.
  • Avoid touching your eyes (you might find a pair of safety glasses could help here), ears, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Avoid sharing dishes, glasses, bedding, and other household items if you are sick.
  • Only work at your workstation and use only your phone. You cannot catch your own germs.
  • Stay home from work, school and public areas if you're sick.
  • Do more communicating by phone, email, or video conference and reduce face to face meetings.
  • If possible, avoid going where there are large groups of people.
  • If you feel ill at all do not visit nursing homes, hospitals, schools, or day cares.

When and How to Wash Your Hands

Wash Your Hands Often to Stay Healthy

  • You can help yourself and your loved ones stay healthy by washing your hands often, especially during these key times when you are likely to get and spread germs:
  • Before, during, and after preparing food
  • Before eating food
  • Before and after caring for someone who is sick with vomiting or diarrhea
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound
  • After using the toilet
  • After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
  • After handling pet food or pet treats
  • After touching garbage

Follow Five Steps to Wash Your Hands the Right Way

Washing your hands is easy, and it’s one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs.

Clean hands can stop germs from spreading from one person to another and throughout an entire community—from your home and workplace to childcare facilities and hospitals.

  1. Follow these five steps every time.
  2. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), and apply soap.
  3. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  4. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  5. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  6. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
  7. Use the towel to turn off the tap to prevent recontamination.

Use Hand Sanitizer Only When You Can’t Use Soap and Water

Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to get rid of germs in most situations.

If soap and water are not readily available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. You can tell if the sanitizer contains at least 60% alcohol by looking at the product label. However, you should wash your hands as soon as soap and water become available.

The COVID-19 virus is new, and no studies have been proven. However, studies of the SARS virus, which is like the new virus, have found UV Disinfection to be highly effective. It has also been proven highly effective against the Ebola Virus, and many other harmful bacteria and viruses.

It is possible that UV Disinfection can be an important part of the arsenal in fighting the new Coronavirus.

However, it does not replace the basic disinfection steps that must be taken.

UV Disinfection can provide a highly effective additional layer on top of existing disinfection protocols but must not be a replacement.

Does UV light kill the new Coronavirus?

How it Works

UV light is light that has a wavelength too short to pass through the human eye lens and is thus not visible by humans.

UV is separated into 3 ranges, with short range UV (UVC) considered “germicidal UV”. UV at these wavelengths is mutagenic to bacteria, viruses and other micro-organisms.

Peak germicidal effectiveness is observed in the UVC spectrum around two peaks, one at 265 nm and the other at 185 nm.

185nm is better absorbed by DNA, however quartz glass and environmental media absorbs this wavelength making it impractical.

The 265 nm peak is well matched by commercially available mercury vapor lamps which emit about 86% of their light at 254 nm. At this wavelength, UV light cases adjacent thymine molecules on DNA to dimerize, causing replication to be inhibited, thereby rendering it harmless. It is a process similar to "sunburn" in humans, which occurs under the effect of longer wavelength UVB.

Micro-organisms have less protection and are quickly destroyed by UVC radiation.


Care must be taken to limit exposure of ultraviolet light. Exposure to the eyes can cause eye damage. Human skin exposure to UV can produce harmful results. Personal UV Disinfection devices have modest power levels, but one should nevertheless avoid looking into the UV lamp. Eye exposure should be avoided, and prolonged direct exposure to the skin should be avoided.

So how do you use UV Lighting and use it safety?

The easiest way is to get a few pole lamps. They are found at a light bulb supply store (your local market store will not carry them). Purchasing UV light bulbs for the pole lamp. At the end of the day after everyone has left you can pull your UV lights out turn them on all night. In the morning turn them off and put them away for the day

For a long-term solution, you can hire an electrician to install the UV light into the HVAC system. By putting the light in the supply duct work and keeping it on all of the time you will be continually disinfecting your air source without putting everyone at risk.

You have done everything you could,

but illness is spreading through your

business, office, school, medical facility,

or another location.

What do you do now?

Who are you going to call?

Professional Maintenance of Michigan, Inc.

We use a different approach to stop illness.

We have the big gun, literally, for Coronavirus, Influenza, or the Common Cold.

Step One

We want to use the most effective disinfectant, the least toxic, and requiring us to use the least amount to stop the spread of illness. This is safer for everyone but the germs.
Our hospital-approved disinfectant consultant matches the best disinfectant to efficiently kill the germs that is causing the specific illness that is responsible for your absentee problem.

There are many different types of disinfectant and no disinfectant can do everything.

Step Two

We use electro-static sprayers to apply the disinfectant as it is much faster, you get better coverage, and will cost you a fraction of the cost of using a spray bottle and rag.

There is a well known company currently selling a similar system. The cost is very high, the kill claim is very low, and they do not want you to know it does not kill many of the illnesses commonly found in businesses, schools, offices, or medical facilities. 

The electrostatic causes the disinfectant to wrap

around all surfaces until every surface is covered.

This will then allow the disinfectant to air dry

giving it time to work fully.

This system saves time and money over spray and wipe.

It is also much more effective.

For more information contact
Professional Maintenance of Michigan, Inc. at
Or contact your PMM Service Manager

Information Resources:

The CDC, The EPA, The FDA