Airport steps up cleaning with electrostatic vapor machine

Enviro-Master of West Michigan has been cleaning the airport several times a week for the past few months
Posted at 5:25 PM, May 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-06 17:44:11-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Cleaning has been stepped up significantly at Gerald R. Ford International Airport in the face of the coronavirus.

The folks at Enviro-Master of West Michigan have been coming several times a week for the past few months to use their electrostatic vapor machine throughout the airport.

“Just adding one more thing to our cleaning process hopefully gives people comfort, especially as people get back into travel," said Tara Hernandez, spokesperson for the airport.

The process is quick and Enviro-Master says the germacide spray they use is harmless for both people and pets.

The machines put out a mist of disinfectant that is given an electric charge as it passes through the spray nozzle.

“The electrostatic part is key because, like I said, what it does is the germicide flows through the gun, it puts that charge on it so it clings to all surfaces," Nate Wolfe, part owner of the company, said Wednesday.

"It'd be different than if you just take a spray bottle, you know, like a quart bottle spray and you could spray it around. Droplets are gonna fall where they may. The electrostatic, as it's falling, it's literally reaching, grabbing what it can find," he said.

The process takes Enviro-Master 2 to 3 hours to clean the entire airport.

"It's a hospital grade disinfect it. It's listed on the EPA's N list, which means that it has the kill claims for the coronavirus, or the virus that causes COVID-19, amongst you know, 40 plus other disease-causing pathogens," Wolfe told FOX 17 Wednesday.

You can visit Enviro-Master of West Michigan's Facebook for more information about the process.