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5/22/2023 (Permalink)

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Bacteria and viruses are both considered "germs" and can pose health hazards by causing illness and infections. However, they differ in their nature and mode of spread. Understanding the distinction between the two is crucial for maintaining the safety of your facility and staff. Whether you're dealing with a flood or sewage backup, or facing a pandemic like COVID-19, handling these challenges correctly is vital to safeguarding both human health and the physical integrity of your assets.


Bacteria are single-celled living organisms. Interestingly, our bodies are teeming with bacterial cells, outnumbering human cells by a ratio of 10 to 1. While some bacteria are beneficial and aid in nutrient processing and toxin neutralization, others can cause infections and diseases, such as pneumonia, strep throat, and meningitis. It's important to note that bacteria can multiply rapidly, doubling their numbers every fifteen minutes.

To combat bacteria, SERVPRO of Dubuque employs antibacterial agents and various cleaning substances to effectively clean surfaces and inhibit their growth and reproduction.


Viruses, unlike bacteria, are not considered living creatures. They are organic particles containing genetic material. Since they cannot replicate independently, they rely on infecting living cells. Viruses hijack host cells and utilize them to produce more viral particles. This can occur either through the host cell's replication or the rapid replication of the virus itself, leading to the bursting of the host cell and the release of new viral particles that go on to infect other cells within the body.

Viruses can cause a wide range of diseases, including influenza, smallpox, herpes, hepatitis, measles, polio, rabies, SARS, and COVID-19.

While there are numerous broad-spectrum antibiotic drugs available, antiviral drugs are less common. Not all substances that can kill bacteria are effective against viruses. For this reason, SERVPRO of Dubuque utilizes disinfectants registered with the EPA specifically designed to eliminate viruses. These disinfectants are applied to wipe down surfaces and are instrumental in the company's approach to maintaining cleanliness and combating viral contamination.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

In response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, SERVPRO offers Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, a proactive viral pathogen cleaning program tailored to businesses and commercial locations. This program goes beyond traditional janitorial or carpet cleaning services, providing a higher cleaning standard to ensure the safety of you, your employees, your customers, and your community. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you can have peace of mind knowing that you have selected a superior cleaning solution.

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