Tips on How to Apply Disinfectants to Avoid a Disinfectant Disaster
Since the RMCO period we have seen the COVID-19 cases rising high once more forcing the Government to implement CMCO again and for employees to work from home as much as possible. Therefore, disinfecting of the facilities regularly are essential to keep the people who are still coming for work, healthy and safe. For this purpose, disinfectants play a great role in keeping the facilities and equipment clean. When used as directed on the label, these disinfectants help to stop the spread of virus and infections. However, if they are not applied as directed on the label, they become ineffective to do the job, hence a disinfection disaster. Therefore, it is of utmost importance to have the know-how of the use of disinfectants in order to be effective.
In this article we will share tips on how to use or apply disinfectant solutions properly, to safeguard the health of your employees and others working in your facility.
1. Use Microfiber materials to clean:
Cleaning cloths or mops that are made of synthetic microfibers are recommended by experts to be more effective, due to their resistance, than the ones made from natural fibers. According to CleanLink.com in the article, “The phenomenon of quat binding occurs when the active ingredient (quaternary ammonium chloride) becomes attracted to and absorbed into fabrics. The science behind how this happens is simple: Quats are positively charged ions and cotton and other natural textiles are negatively charged; positive attracts negative.” Therefore it is recommended to choose a microfiber cleaning cloth rather than a cotton cloth when applying disinfectants to disinfect surfaces or equipment so that the active ingredients within the disinfectant don’t get absorbed.
2. Clean and Clear Solution in water:
Oftentimes we dip time and again when wiping the floor to clean or disinfect the facility. However, the disinfectant added in the mopping bucket can get dirty. Therefore, it is necessary to often change the solution else one could end up to re-spread the bacteria (and dirt) all over the floors again. According to the Conventional custodial practices in healthcare settings it is recommended to change the mopping bucket water every 1-2 rooms (depending on the size of the rooms being cleaned).
3. Hit the Hot Spots:
Under suitable conditions, bacteria and other infectious diseases can double their numbers in as little as 20 minutes. In this point, by Hot Spot surfaces we mean those surfaces that are frequently touched, like the doorknobs, light switches, elevator buttons or handrails. All these frequently touched areas gather germs far more quickly than the other areas and spread the germs and infect the people quicker. Therefore, there is a need to be disinfected more often than in other places. Surfaces, especially inside the restroom like toilet and faucet handles and locks and doorknobs inside, should especially be disinfected very frequently. In addition to that, less noticeable surfaces like towel dispensers, toilet paper holders, garbage cans and hand dryers should also not be ignored.
4. Clear Out the Dirt:
It is of utmost importance to clean the area before applying disinfectants. After cleaning the dirt, should the disinfectant solutions be applied according to the directions on the label. It is important to note that some disinfectants can kill pathogens in a certain percentage of organic soil, like blood, in a certain amount. Therefore, it is important to read the instructions on the label before starting the disinfection.
5. Be Specific:
Since it is the most important factor, we will mention it again here in this point. Before applying the disinfectant solutions, it is necessary to read what the label instructs just to be sure that the specific kind of bacteria or virus that you want to eradicate are listed in the “kill claims.” To confirm and for public ease, the EPA website has all the solutions that can kill the COVID-19 virus. However, if the chemical labels contain necessary information that will tell mention about the killing rate of the solution towards certain types of bacteria and other important statements like the guidelines for proper use, first aid directions, warnings or danger.
6. How long does their efficacy last:
Disinfectants also have lasting time that is listed on their label. It indicates how long they must remain on a surface before washing off so that it can efficiently kill the bacteria. Additionally, it is important to note that the disinfectant should be wet on the surface so that it can be effective. Since different solutions have different criteria, it is highly advised to follow the criteria prescribed on the label. If there are certain terms that you are unable to understand or it seems too complicated and you are unsure, you can visit @iaqspecialist or you can also reach out to us on 03-6734 7535 or +60 19-337 7535 (for Whatsapp). We will listen to your concerns and will even send you our quote with no obligations.
7. Concentrate on the Right Ratio:
Another factor which is important to keep in mind is that disinfectants that come in the form of a concentration should be diluted in the exact ratio as indicated on the label. Adding on more or even less water will mean a disaster for the disinfectant.
8. Don’t Mix:
We have often been asked if the disinfectants would kill the stubborn virus if they are mixed up with other cleaners or chemicals. It should be noted that by mixing a disinfectant with any other chemical or solution will not only completely change its formula to kill the bacteria that it is made to kill but it may also end up causing great hazard if not handled with care.
9. The Hard Facts:
If your area has hard water available, it is advised to check the disinfectant’s label for hard water tolerance in order to be sure that they will still be effective when diluted. Pre-formulated, ready-to-use disinfections are a great alternative.
10. Choose Wisely.
We have previously written a few blogs where we have explained various categories of disinfectants. To make the best choices for your facility, it is important for you to consider their effectiveness, kill time, safety after use and easy to use.
Moreover, you can also render services of a professional company that has years of experience rather than buying from the sellers in the market. We have disinfected confirmed COVID-19 case areas in West Malaysia with our modern equipment and environment-friendly solution which is EPA approved and has a 99.9999% proven kill rate. Moreover, our product not only takes lesser time to disinfect the vast area but also doesn’t need to be washed after as it is all environment friendly, even for your pets and children. Contact IAQ Diagnostics on 03-6734 7535 or +60 19-337 7535 (for Whatsapp) because we have the best of the best product and equipment to use and our licensed technicians know how to apply it. It is important to put the safety of visitors and employees your priority in order to avoid another crisis and guarantee a hygienic success.