Goals are reached by using the right tools and strategy. It is crucial to choose the right disinfectant when the goal is to have a disinfected environment.
In this blog, there will be explanations of what customers should know before choosing a disinfectant product.
5 Important Criteria When Choosing a Disinfectant
- 1) The Function (Kill Claims)
Concerning organisms (pathogens) and their effect:
- Respiratory viruses (Coronavirus, Influenza, Rhinovirus and more)
- Vomiting and Diarrhea viruses (Enteroviruses D68, Noroviruses and more)
- Bacteria (Staph, fecal organism and more)
Disinfectants can kill:
- Enveloped viruses (Influenza, Cold viruses, Bloodborne pathogens, and more)
- Gram-positive and gram-negative organisms (Staph, E coli, Pseudomonas, and more)
- Fungi (usually foot fungus or black mold)
- Non-enveloped viruses (Norovirus, Hepatitis A, Rhinovirus, and more)
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- 2) The Effect and Wet contact Duration
The effect duration – Effect duration varies. The more time the disinfectant is left on a surface the more effect it has. For example, the Mikroguard N.R & Mikro Guard L.F will be effective at 10 minute contact time (Please read your disinfectant’s label for the correct information).
The wet contact duration – Duration that the surface must stay wet for the disinfectant to reach its effectiveness. Contact times can range from as little as 15 seconds for common hand sanitizer, to as long as 30 minutes for chlorine oxides used in laboratories.
Note: “Pine or minty scent does not mean it has an effect on the concerning organisms”.
- 3) Safety
What to consider for safety:
- Audience in the surrounding (ashmatic people, children and elders)
- Toxicity rating (found on the product and/or manufacturer’s website)
- Flammability rating (found on the product and/or manufacturer’s website)
- Type of surface (soft, hard, porous, glass, toys, and more)
- 4) Ease of Use
Wipes – Easiest to use, but the wet contact time must be known for effectiveness.
Spray – Easy to use, but can be an issue depending on the chemistry.
Dilutable products – Seems more economical, but the dilution has to be measured (concentration of the chemistry measurement into water and use of compatible cloth).
- 5) Other Factors
- Costs (effectiveness, shelf life, and contact time)
- Shelf life (shelf life of certain products can vary from 1 day, 14 days, 28 days to more)
- Instruction on use (steps that have to be taken)
- Green products (sustainable and environmental responsibility products)
- Natural/organic products (products that are made from herbs, plants and natural elements)
- Hospital disinfectant (suitable for general purpose disinfection)
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