LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — From wearing masks to social distancing and washing our hands, we're doing everything we can these days to protect ourselves from the coronavirus.
As 13 Action News Anchor Tricia Kean reports, a Las Vegas business is offering an extra layer of protection as we all work to rebound from the pandemic.
"In this fight against COVID-19 we all need to play our part," said Adrian San Ramon, owner of AJ's Laundry Star on East Desert Inn Road near Pecos-McLeod.
He says his laundromat is the first in Las Vegas to offer a new level of clean.
"This system, actually what it does is, it kills," he said.
UV LIGHT SYSTEM
Ramon just installed an FDA approved state-of-the-art UV light system. It creates a molecule that's injected into the wash, providing a hospital grade disinfectant for customers.
It's 500 times stronger than conventional hot water and bleach. and Ramon says it's proven to kill the coronavirus.
"I would say this is definitely that additional tool in your tool box to potentially get rid of some of those pathogens," said Dr. Christina Madison, an associate professor at Roseman University of Health Sciences.
GETS RID OF INFECTIOUS PARTICLES
She says the UV light super-charges the washing process.
"Because there's a difference between cleaning, getting rid of dirt or kind of particulates versus actual disinfection. Which is referring to the process where you get rid of infectious particles," said Dr. Madison.
She says UV light actually has a long and successful track record in the health care industry.
"UV light is something we've utilized for disinfecting purposes for years when we think about things like Tuberculosis. Which is also another type on infectious respiratory pathogen," said Dr. Madison.
As for the customers at AJ's Laundry, they may not know the difference when they're washing their clothes, but Ramon says he's happy to know he's making a difference.
"Try to make sure everybody is safe. That's the key word, safe," said Ramon.