The spread of the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in an increased focus on disinfection and decontamination in all areas of life. If you’re the owner of a yacht, you should take the same care with disinfecting your boat that you do with disinfecting your home or office space, for the safety of you and any guests you have on board with you.
It is important to follow all guidelines put forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as cleaning guidelines certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).
Here’s a quick overview of items you need to address during boat disinfection in Fort Lauderdale, FL:
- Bathrooms: Any bathrooms should be disinfected with regularity, especially if used by multiple people or people from different households. Disinfect all surfaces. Bathrooms are among the areas of a home or yacht that are likely to have the highest risk of virus transmission.
- Handrails: The handrails throughout your yacht should be regularly wiped down with a disinfecting wipe or solution to kill any viruses or bacteria that may have been on people’s hands when using them.
- Boat controls: Any of the controls or functional features you use to operate the boat should be regularly disinfected, even if only one person operates the boat. Because you will touch these controls frequently, you don’t want to take any chances with contamination.
- Tables and counters: Any tabletops or countertops located throughout the boat should be regularly decontaminated to ensure they are safe for eating, food preparation and relaxing.
- Other surfaces: There are hard surfaces throughout your boat that will likely be touched by human hands at any given point during an excursion. It is important to wipe down all surfaces with decontaminating wipes or solution to prevent virus spread.
Basically, the primary rule you should follow when decontaminating your yacht is to find any area that is likely to be touched, and to disinfect it. This might sound like a lot of work, especially if you use your yacht frequently—but in the midst of a global pandemic, it is much better to be safe than sorry, especially considering the ease with which the COVID-19 virus has been found to transmit.
For more efficient cleaning, you might consider using an electrostatic sprayer. These sprayers produce electrically charged sprays capable of wrapping around all types of surfaces to provide an even coat of disinfectant. The electrical charge creates an attraction between the sprayed droplets and the surfaces that ensures your targeted areas will be properly covered. If there are surfaces already covered with disinfecting solution, it will repel the spray. This is the method of decontamination against the coronavirus most commonly used in airline and cruise industries.
For more information about the various decontamination methods and tips you should implement as a yacht owner, we encourage you to contact Starboard Yacht Group LLC to learn more about yacht care and disinfection in Fort Lauderdale, FL. We look forward to answering any questions you have for us.