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1/6/2022 (Permalink)

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Bacteria and viruses can both present a health hazard. Both referred to as “germs,” and can both cause illness and infection.  They work and spread differently. Knowing which one you’re up against is an important part of keeping your facility and staff safe. In the aftermath of a disastrous flood or sewage backup, or a pandemic like COVID-19, handling these problems correctly is key to protecting all of your asset’s human and brick and mortar.


Bacteria are living single cell organisms.  Our bodies are full Bacteria cells inside and out actually outnumber your human cells by 10 to 1. Good bacteria help you process nutrients and neutralize toxins, among other things. Bad bacteria can cause cuts to become infected. They can also cause infectious diseases like pneumonia, strep throat, and meningitis. Remember bacteria can reproduce quickly, doubling their number every fifteen minutes.

SERVPRO of Dubuque can clean surfaces of bacteria can by using Antibacterial agents keep them from growing and reproducing be fought with several different cleaning substances.


Viruses on the other hand are not living creatures. They are organic particles with some genetic material inside of them. Since they can’t reproduce on their own, they must infect a living cell. They hijack a cell and use it to create more viral particles. Sometimes the host cell makes new viruses as it replicates itself. Sometimes, the virus just replicates so fast that it fills the host cell. The host cell fills with viruses until it bursts, and a swarm of new viral particles moves on to infect new cells in your body.

Viruses can cause a wide range of diseases. Influenza and smallpox are both viral diseases. So are herpes, hepatitis, measles, polio, rabies, SARS, and COVID-19.

While there are many broad antibiotic drugs, antiviral drugs are much less common. Because not everything that kills bacteria also kills viruses. That is why SERVPRO of Dubuque uses disinfectants that are registered with the EPA to kill viruses, we use them to wipe down surfaces and uses

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

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