EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – Cleaning and disinfecting, while always necessary, have become very important topics in 2020 amid the pandemic. Now there is a new business in the Chippewa Valley, using science and cleaning techniques similar to what you’d see in a hospital. First News at Nine’s Jessica Mendoza reports.
When you think of cleaning, you might picture disinfecting wipes, sprays, or soap. However, what about lights?
Lori Hollister says she got an idea for a new disinfecting business model from working at a hospital.
Lori Hollister and Ashley Walker of UV-Care said, “I would walk down the halls and see these bright blue lights in these rooms and asked what it was. They told me it was UVC lighting, so I did a little research and thought it was amazing and I felt like it was something that should be for everybody not just health care workers.”
So, Hollister brought this idea to her family.
Dominic Walker, UV-Care General Manager said, “My initial thought was what the heck are UVC lights?”
After what they say was a ton a research, their new family run business, UV-Care was born.
Mike Lantz of UV-Care Marketing said, “If you break down ultraviolet light you have UVA, UVB, and UVC. UVA is what typically what we would get from the sun, filtered through the o ozone layer. UVC is UVA but it’s not filtered from the ozone. If we didn’t have the ozone there would be no living life or cells on this planet.”
While the light has been proven to help eliminate the spread of communicable illness, it’s dangerously powerful, which is why UV-Care’s technicians have to be certified.
Technicians go into businesses normally at night when empty. While a room is being treated, multiple lights are positioned, and then the room is cleared while the blue colored light works its magic about 10 minutes.
Walker said, “The spread of chickenpox in a daycare? Yeah, this treatment kills chickenpox. We are hoping to reduce employee sick days for a business.”
Superbugs can become resistant to other cleaning chemicals. Walker says this won’t happen with UVC light, he says it will always work.
Hollister said, “As we talk to different people and they figure out what we have to offer, they’re all really excited and say, we have needed this for a long time.”
UV-Care will treat spaces weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly depending on how much foot traffic comes through the buildings, and they charge by the room.
Reporting in Eau Claire, Jessica Mendoza First News at Nine.