- Physically, not chemically, kill germs, bacteria, and hard surface contaminates
- Remove accumulated bio-load from high-contact touchpoints like doorknobs and light switches with premium microfiber
- Electrostatically eliminate airborne germs and microorganisms
Seperating Fact From Fiction: Disinfecting
We’ve found that there are a lot of misconceptions surrounding disinfecting and how it relates to cleaning. We define cleaning as bio-load (all the soil that exists on the service) removal and disinfecting as the killing of bacteria and viruses. Typically one has to follow the other for maximum effectiveness and true disinfecting only happens if there is sufficient dwell-time of the disinfectant product on the contact surface. Please read the disclaimer label on the back of your disinfectant bottle. It will tell you that there is anywhere from 1 to 10-minute dwell-time required to reach the 99.9 or 99.99% kill rate of bacteria and viruses (germs).
With the way most people use disinfecting products today, that kill rate is not even close to being achieved. In essence most of the grime and germs are moved around on top of the surface, however, the dwell time is completely missing. Spray and wipe is what most of us do with minimal or no dwell-time whatsoever. A good example is the disinfectant wipes we use for wiping shopping cart handles. With no real cleaning (the bio-load removal step) happening and with virtually no dwell-time of the disinfectant on the contact surface, it might give us some peace of mind, however no actual disinfecting has taken place.
If there’s any advice I’d like to give to our viewers it is this; thorough cleaning with microfiber is very effective at removing most of the bio-load along with a huge percentage of the harmful germs. The final step would then be to apply a disinfectant product to the surface being cleaned and giving the product the label specified dwell-time on the surface to achieve its 99.9% (or higher) kill rate, before wiping it off.
Hope that helped clarify some of the misconceptions that I see surrounding cleaning and disinfecting.