The events of early 2020 and the Coronavirus pandemic, have highlighted the importance of science-based cleaning and surface protection. COVID-19 continues to pose threat to daily life, health services, wellbeing and the global economy. The best way to deal with the spread of infectious diseases, is not to treat it but to prevent it, and some strategies are rather simple. Here at Rawlins we have developed a simple Remove, Improve, Protect strategy in the fight against COVID-19 and other infectious diseases.

We have been advocating science-based cleaning as a method of regular cleaning for many years, negating the need for deep cleaning and in turn protecting our environment from harmful pathogens and possible pandemics every day.

We do not advocate the mass use of disinfectants as this will be counterproductive in the long term, instead, a processed based cleaning regime that brings consistent repeatable results with the added protection of an anti-microbial shield to give confidence to those people that work in, use or visit a building.

We believe a simple, yet effective system is Remove, Improve and Protect


  • The definition of cleaning: the process of REMOVING dirt of something undesirable (Collins Dictionary). This can include any unwanted substances, such as dirt, infectious agents, and other impurities, from an object or environment.
  • Cleaning should be carried out at regular intervals, usually daily, but will depend on the amount of traffic, and the amount of risk from that environment.

At Rawlins we have always been promoting the need for REMOVAL of dirt as opposed to simply moving the dirt around, which is the result of mopping and wiping.

In addition to this, with adopting regular daily cleaning, instead of relying on deep cleans, all that is necessary is the removal of today’s dirt, which is simple and quick by using the correct processes.

For example, on hard surfaces dirt can be removed by:

  • Adding water (and possibly chemical if required)
  • Allow some dwell time (plus agitation where necessary)
  • Removal using High Flow Fluid Extraction.

Our Remove, Improve, Protect strategy can be used anywhere.

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Using our High Flow Fluid Extraction process will greatly improve the cleanliness of any hard surface even the first time it is used. This improvement can be proven by taking ATP measurements before and after the cleaning process.This can be proven by taking ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate) measurements before and after the 'remove' process. We find that the ATP readings after the High Flow Fluid extraction process, are on average less than 10 which would be classed as a pass in a food preparation unit.

Adenosine Triphosphate, or ATP, is the energy molecule found in all living and once-living things, making it a perfect indicator when trying to determine if a surface is clean or not. With an ATP hygiene monitoring system, ATP is brought into contact with an unique liquid-stable reagent in the test device. Light is then emitted in direct proportion to the amount of ATP present in the sample and read in the monitor, providing information on the level of contamination in seconds. View our range of ATP sanitation monitoring systems here

ATP Reading Guide for SystemSure Plus

  0 - 10 Considered Food Safe
  0 - 100 Considered clean
  101 - 200 Caution!
  201 - 500 Contaminated
  501 - 1000  High Risk of Infection
  1000 + Extreme Risk of Infection


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Once surfaces have been cleaned and improved, the next stage we recommend is to protect. We suggest protecting them with GermErase C19 Surface Protector which will give up-

What is the difference between GermErase and your average surface disinfectant? GermErase will last for prolonged periods of time, in comparison to a normal surface disinfectant which will last up to 2 hours. Main touch points should be treated every seven days and the whole area fogged or sprayed every twenty-one days for the very best protection. 

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