How to Apply Disinfectant Correctly
The Tof Covid-19 has spurred a surge in demand for disinfectants to keep our hands and surfaces clean. But what do we know about how disinfectants actually deactivate Covid-19, and how to apply disinfectant correctly.
Here are tips on how to use and apply disinfectant correctly to thoroughly disinfect surfaces for keeping yourself and others safe and healthy.
1. Add Fiber.
Microfiber tends to be more effective at cleaning and disinfecting than natural based fibers, and using a clean microfiber mops and cleaning cloth because of their resistance to “quat binding”.
2. A Clear Solution.
Change the solution often enough to ensure the bacteria or virus re-spreading on other places. The best practice for applying disinfectants is by the open bucket method. Where a soiled or used cloth never goes back in the bucket to avoid disinfectant solution in your bucket can get contaminated.
3. Hit the Hot Spots.
Don not disinfection to the areas which are not relevant to potential transmission. But “Hot Spot” high traffic surfaces that are frequently touched (e.g. door handles, light switches, elevator buttons, handrails etc) need to be cleaned thoroughly and frequently.
4. Clear Out the Dirt.
In most cases, disinfecting is a two-step process. The first step is to properly clean the area (remove visible surface soil) and the second step is apply disinfectant.
5. Be Specific.
Before you apply disinfectants, identify the type of disinfectant that should be used either to kill bacteria, viruses and other germs by checking chemical labels that contain valuable information that will tell you this.
Every EPA-registered disinfectant in the United States has a “kill claim” on the product’s label or packaging materials identifying exactly what pathogens it is designed to eliminate.
6. Time is on Your Side.
Disinfectant MUST be wet on the surface for the duration of the contact time to be effective.
The CDC (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) states that if a disinfectant is applied to a surface and that surface remains wet for 3 minutes, that should be sufficient “kill time” or “dwell time” to kill the pathogens.
7. Concentrate on the Right Ratio.
Disinfectants that come in concentrate form must be diluted in exactly the ratio indicated on the label. Any more or less water added will mean disinfectant disaster.
Follow the instructions on the label to ensure safe and effective use of the product.
NEVER mix disinfectants with cleaners or other chemicals that can change its properties unless the disinfectant you make it yourself follow the correct guidelines.
9. Choose Wisely.
Keep the following considerations to choose the best appropriate of disinfectant for your facility (effectiveness, kill/Dwell time, safety, ease of use). Read labels on any type of cleaning chemicals is always recommended, but it is even more important when it comes to disinfectants.
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