How to clean, decontaminate, and disassemble Abatement Technologies’ SHIELD WALL™

How to clean, decontaminate, and disassemble Abatement Technologies’ SHIELD WALL™

Our SHIELD WALL™ systems are designed for use in critical environments where pathogens are in no short supply. Therefore, when you’re done with a job using SHIELD WALL™, you’ll want to thoroughly disinfect them before storing and reusing them.

In this blog, we’ll walk you through the basic steps of decontaminating SHIELD WALL™. 

What you’ll need:

- HEPA Vacuum

- Paper towels

- Water-based disinfectant

- Gloves

- Mask

- Bucket

- Diluted bleach

- Polyethylene sheet

- Modular containment wall transport cart

How often should you clean your SHIELD WALL?

Cleaning the SHIELD WALL™ involves regular disinfecting while in use and decontamination before transportation. 

While on the job site, you’ll want to regularly disinfect the surfaces with a hospital-approved disinfectant, as outlined in step two below. Different facilities will have unique cleaning schedules and requirements, so be sure to check with the facility you’re working in at the start of a project. 

Second, you’ll want to decontaminate the walls anytime you’re transporting them to or from a new facility. In most cases, this is a two-step process. Ideally, you’ll begin the process while on the job site and finish the decontamination when back at your storage site. For this, you’ll follow all ten steps outlined below, as well as in the video.

The steps to clean SHIELD WALL™ 

Before transport from a job-site

  1. Vacuum the interior and exterior of the walls from the top down with a certified HEPA vacuum
  2. Wipe down all surfaces with a one-step surface cleaner and disinfectant that’s approved by the facility
  3. Disassemble the modular containment walls
  4. Place panels on an Abatement Technologies transport cart and secure them to prevent movement during transportation
  5. Cover with a polyethylene sheet for transportation

Once back at the storage location

  1. Raise panels to full height
  2. Wipe down corners, sweep, frame, and extrusion
  3. Submerge brackets and small hardware in a bucket of diluted bleach
  4. Dry all parts
  5. Place the panels and parts back on the transport cart, secure them, and cover them with a polyethylene sheet until it is time to use them again



  • Wear gloves: When working with bleach, even diluted bleach, wearing gloves is recommended to protect your skin. 
  • Wear a mask: Between working with bleach and working in critical environments, it’s helpful to wear a mask during the decontamination process to keep yourself safe. 
  • Check with the facility for any regulations regarding cleaning products and the cleaning schedule

Want to learn more about SHIELD WALL?

If you’re new to modular containment walls and want to learn more about how they can help you on your next job, we’d love to help. You can check the product details here or set up a consultation with one of our experts today. 

Meet Aire Guardian Sue Hoffmann

Meet Sue Hoffmann – Regional Sales Manager 

When Sue Hoffmann first interviewed with Abatement Technologies, she had previously worked as a business analyst and was completely new to the world of air quality. 

Now, nearly 20 years later, Sue is a seasoned Aire Guardian that has helped countless hospitals and contractors protect patients and staff with our world-class air filtration products..

We sat down with Sue to learn more about her impressive career with the company. 

Learning from the best

“This is my 19th year with the company. When I first started, I quickly found that it was a great place to learn from some of the very best in the field. Leadership was very hands-on, and I was able to learn vast amounts about everything from production, to technology, to finance and more. I very much enjoyed it all.”

Selling products you believe in

We manufacture powerful, high-quality, and reliable filtration products that our clients trust to improve air quality and safety in their indoor environments. Our commitment to quality is a big part of what’s kept Sue so passionate about Abatement Technologies for nearly two decades.  

“In order to be comfortable selling something, I need to believe in the product. If I believe in it, then I can sell it. That’s why our product quality is so meaningful to me. We offer some of the best in the market, and when I sell to clients, I’m confident they’re getting the best solution for their needs.”

Building strong client relationships  

Abatement Technologies is not only trusted for our technology, but also for our expertise. Our Aire Guardians ensure that each client gets a solution that’s right for their project and right for their industry. This expertise is particularly crucial in healthcare, where regulations around construction are strict and non-compliance can jeopardize patient safety.    

Over the years, Sue has built a solid reputation among hospitals, contractors, and infection control specialists as the go-to-expert for their indoor air quality needs. And for Sue, helping these clients is the best part of her job. 

“I love working with my customers. They're amazing. I deal specifically with hospitals, as well as general contractors working in hospitals. It’s so important to be knowledgeable about their unique pain points—from the risks that air quality issues pose to vulnerable patients, to the ins-and-outs of compliance with infection control standards. One of my proudest moments was when a contractor called me and said, ‘I have my first hospital job, and I don't know what I'm doing. But I was told to call you.’ And I said, ‘No problem, let’s get started!’”

Supporting employee goals, in and out of work

For years, Sue served as our National Sales Manager. She worked directly with clients, managed a large team of sales consultants, conducted training, handled budgeting, and much more. But as Sue’s priorities changed, she needed a position with the flexibility to work remotely. So, the company made it happen.   

At some point in your life, your focus becomes more about happiness than money. I was working from our office in Georgia, but I really wanted to move back to Florida, where I’m originally from. When I made the decision to move, the company offered me a Regional Sales Manager position with the ability to work remotely. Now, I’m happily living in Florida, and my new role allows me to focus on what I really love—helping my clients.”

Are you interested in starting a career with Abatement Technologies?  Learn more here