A doctor in America specialising in infectious diseases is warning that COVID-19 can live on shoes and synthetic fabrics for five days with footwear more likely to carry coronavirus if it has been worn in busy areas like supermarkets, airports or on public transport. This is because the sole of the shoe, boot or sandal is the main breeding ground for bacteria, fungi and viruses.
Respiratory droplets carried in the air from a person infected with coronavirus can still land anywhere on the upper part of a shoe like the laces or the heel.
Soles are typically made from durable, synthetic materials like rubber, PVC or leather lined with plastic, all of which carry high levels of bacteria because they are non-porous; air, liquid or moisture cannot pass through.
The advice given by the specialist was to leave shoes outside your home or place of work.
However for many of us working at home or at our place of work this is neither practical nor possible. Disinfecting your footwear every time it is worn outside is a more practical solution as well as storing them in a safe area using appropriate hand protection whilst cleaning/storing of course.
- The cleaning/sanitising process deployed by our technicians use ULV mist generating machines.
- Everything that is exposed in the targeted area is sanitised with fast drying micro droplets that kill the virus within seconds.
- Carpets, tiled floors, all high traffic areas are covered with this non-toxic disinfectant which leaves an invisible protective coating
- Despite being poisonous to pathogens the high level disinfectant cleaner used is non-toxic, non-irritant, non-corrosive and gentle. It is used in care homes, nurseries, hospitals and schools. Now ambulances are having the same treatment applied to curb the spread of the virus.
It effectively kills bacteria, viruses, fungi, spores and moulds up to 99.9999% on any surface including footwear, destroying many harmful bacteria and myco-bacteria including MRSA, Salmonella, E.Coli, P. Aeruginosa, Listeria, Tubercolosis, SARs and COVID-19. It also kills spores such as Clostridium Difficile and Baciliscereus, viruses from H1N1 (Human Flu) through to Norovirus; even fungi and yeasts like Aspergillus niger and Candida albicans.
Advice from NHS UK
How to stop infection spreading
There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with coronavirus.
- wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
- use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- wash your hands as soon as you get back home
- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards