Disinfectant Types: How To Select The Best Option For Your Facility

by | May 22, 2023 | Cleaning Products | 0 comments

Why Should You Disinfect?

Microorganisms and bacteria are ubiquitous on Earth and can be found practically anywhere. One square inch of the surface of the skin is home to more than 700,000 bacteria, which may come as a shock to you. In most cases, bacteria won’t hurt a human being.

Pathogens are organisms that cause disease, and they can be harmful or even fatal. COVID-19, exacerbated by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, has become one of the most transmittable and life-threatening diseases in modern years.

Preventing the propagation of illnesses like COVID, Influenza (flu), and the cold virus requires frequently using the appropriate disinfectants on surfaces throughout your facility. Knowing the ins and outs of the various disinfectant chemicals available will help you choose the method that will keep your building clean and safe for everyone who works or visits there.

What Makes Disinfectants Effective?

Chemical agents known as disinfectants are sprayed onto inanimate objects in an effort to eradicate any microorganisms they may harbour, such as microbes, pathogens, lichens, mould, or mildew. 

Each disinfectant has a “main chemical” that is responsible for killing germs and bacteria. In most cases, the main ingredient will need help from supplementary ingredients. A disinfectant’s formula, for instance, may include solvents to facilitate cleaning and uniform surface wetting.

Disinfectants Should Have The Following Qualities For Optimal Use In Workplace Settings:

1. Has An Appropriate Contact Time

To be most effective, the disinfectant chemicals must remain slightly damp and in contact with the bacterium for at least the minimum time specified on the label, preferably longer. Even with long retention times or high concentrations of alcohol, numerous disinfectants dry before the contact time is attained. Employees may not always use the disinfectant as directed, which can lead to unsanitary conditions. It would be ideal if there were a quick-acting disinfectant that didn’t require as much time to do its job.

2. Is not harmful to assets

Fixing or replacing furniture and equipment in a building can rack up significant costs. Some disinfectant chemicals can actually be harmful to surfaces or reduce the lifespan of the equipment. Knowing which disinfectants are safe for use on various surfaces can prevent costly mishaps.

3. Compatibility with cleaning tools

Disinfectants lose some of their power when used alongside certain cleaning supplies. In the case of quaternary ammonium compound-based cleaning agents (quats), cotton as well as some microfiber cleaning toolkits can absorb the disinfectant, dissuading it from being released onto the ground. Make absolutely sure the tools you use to sanitise are coherent with the disinfectant or get new tools that won’t dilute the disinfectant.

4. Is secure and comfortable for employees and guests

It may be necessary to wear protective gear when working with certain disinfectants due to their irritating effects on the eyes, skin, or breathing tracts, or because of their pungent odours. Because of this, employees may reduce their product usage, which would be counterproductive. Employee injuries and visitor/staff complaints can be reduced if facilities switch to a disinfectant that is less unpleasant to use.

It is essential that you take the opportunity to research the different types of disinfectants available before settling on one for your facility’s upkeep. You, your employees, and any customers who come through your doors can rest easier knowing that you have taken the necessary precautions to keep the building clean and free of infections and illnesses.

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