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Which industries can benefit from fogging?

Man fogging in kitchen industry

As a certified contract cleaner and a member of the National Contract Cleaners Association (NCCA), IWESCO makes use of the best equipment and techniques to ensure a high quality result. One of the cleaning solutions we offer is called fogging, or whole room disinfection. We use thermal fogging machines to spray a fine mist of chemical solutions into a sealed space.

These chemicals can be used for a variety of purposes and for the benefit of numerous industries. Fogging is most commonly used for widespread disinfection, cleaning, sanitisation, pest control and mold control. IWESCO prefers to use non-toxic cleaning agents that are not harmful to the environment.

Fogging for disinfection and sanitisation

We use our thermal fogging machines for disinfection and sanitisation. In recent weeks, IWESCO has been fogging numerous business premises in order to prepare for the gradual reopening of the economy after the most recent Covid-19 lockdown. As a certified essential services provider, we have been disinfecting whole office spaces, retail stores and factories.

This sanitises the spaces and surfaces where interactions between employees and customers will start to take place once again. We use antiviral disinfectants in our fogging machines to ensure that all desks, door handles, countertops and surfaces are sanitised in accordance with Covid-19 protocols. These chemicals can also kill a variety of germs, bacteria and other viruses, leaving surfaces clean and safe for human contact.

Fogging in the food industry

Fogging machines can be used for a number of applications in the food industry. They can be used to disinfect food production facilities and the equipment that comes into contact with the food. Foggers are particularly important in the farming industry where dairies, pig sheds, chicken hatcheries and abattoirs need to be clean and sanitised at all times.

Any environment where food comes into contact with machinery and surfaces needs to be completely sterile. Harmful pathogens can easily spread in food production facilities which can have disastrous consequences for consumers - like the South African listeriosis outbreak in 2017 and 2018. Fogging is crucial for sanitising high-risk food preparation areas in kitchens and restaurants too.

Fogging for pest control

Insect control is an important part of cleanliness and hygiene. Thermal fogging can be used as an effective way to spread a small amount of pesticide across a wide area. This maximises the effectiveness of the pesticide but helps to save money by using only a small volume of liquid in the fogging machines.

This method ensures full coverage of an indoor space. The type of pesticide used can also be tailored to target mosquitoes, cockroaches, flies, fleas, bed bugs and other specific insects. Any industry that needs insect control can make use of IWESCO’s fogging services.

Fogging in the medical industry

Foggers are safe to use in clinics and hospitals where surfaces and equipment may need decontaminating before being used again. Hospital wards, doctors’ rooms and surgery theatres can be disinfected with a mist of cleaning agents and sanitisers. Hygiene has always been a priority in the medical industry, but more so now in the wake of Covid-19.

Fogging machines can be used to keep doctors, nurses and patients safe in buildings where contagious diseases and pathogens could potentially spread easily. The process is relatively quick and widespread, making it an ideal method for hygiene and decontamination. It also allows a fast turnaround for reusable medical equipment and wards.

Other applications

Fogging can be useful for the agricultural sector where greenhouses can be humidified and plant-eating pests can be eradicated. The mining sector can use foggers for dust control as the mist will stick to airborne dust and make it drop to the floor. Any industry that may experience mold and fungus can also be treated with fogging equipment. Herbicides can be sprayed into a room to remove any fungus and mold growing on the walls.

If your industry can benefit from fogging services, please do not hesitate to contact one of our expert staff members today. IWESCO is able to supply a quote and set up a virtual meeting to discuss your specific needs.


IWESCO offers specialised cleaning and waste control services to industrial and commercial customers in South Africa. These services are aimed at minimising our customers’ impact on the environment. Our services also include pest control, garden maintenance, fogging and disinfecting. Our staff are highly trained to offer the most professional services. IWESCO is a Level 2 B-BBEE supplier with ISO 14001 certification for environmental management.

We are a one-stop shop for all your contract cleaning and waste control needs and have a national footprint. Our head office is located in Tshwane but we can provide services to any industrial and commercial client in the major metropolitan areas around South Africa, including Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth, Mbombela and more.

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