How to Apply Disinfectant Correctly
The 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 disinfectants 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. Therefore, use a clean microfiber mop and cleaning cloth because of their resistance to “quat binding”. Quat binding happens when the active ingredient becomes attracted to and absorbed into fabrics.
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.
the soiled or used cloth should never go in the bucket to avoid contaminating the disinfectant solution.
3. Hit the Hot Spots.
Do not apply disinfection to the areas which are not relevant to potential transmission. In order to apply that, hit the “Hot Spot” high traffic surfaces that are frequently touched. Door handles, light switches, elevator buttons, handrails are some of the hot spots areas that 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 to apply disinfectant.
5. Be Specific.
Identify the type of disinfectant either to kill bacteria, viruses and other germs by checking chemical labels. The labels contain valuable information that will tell you the right type.
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.
Make sure the surface is WET 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.
Dilute disinfectants that come in concentrate form accurately according to the ratio indicated on the label. Any more or less water added will mean disinfectant disaster. The concentration will not be suitable to kill pathogens.
Follow the instructions on the label to ensure the safe and effective use of the product.
8. Don’t Mix.
NEVER mix disinfectants with cleaners or other chemicals that can change their properties! For the disinfectant that you make it yourself, follow the correct guidelines for effective results.
9. Choose Wisely.
Keep the following considerations to choose the best appropriate of disinfectant for your facility.
- kill/dwell time
- ease of use
Most importantly, remember to always read labels on any type of cleaning chemicals, especially when choosing disinfectants.