Disinfectants & Sanitizers
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How should I disinfect after having Covid or other contagious viruses
Usually, a simple cleaning with a household cleaner removes enough germs to decrease the risk of infection on surfaces and furniture. However, if a household member is ill or a COVID-19 positive person has been in your establishment within the last 24 hours, you should use covid disinfectants to protect your home, spa, or salon.
If you have a person who has a higher risk of infection in your home, you should clean more frequently with disinfecting cleaners compatible with each surface, such as disinfecting wipes and disinfecting sprays. The label on the disinfectant product will tell you what personal protective equipment (PPE) is necessary for the safe use of your EPA-approved product.
You can start with high-touch surfaces like tables, light switches, and chairs. Many products require that you keep the surfaces saturated with disinfecting cleaners for a specified time. The saturation time should be on the product label. During the entire process, you should maintain adequate ventilation with a fan and open doors. After you finish disinfecting, wash your hands for about 20 seconds with hand soap and water.
Do disinfectant sprays kill the Covid virus?
Covid disinfectants can kill the Covid virus and its variants. However, before a disinfectant company introduces a disinfecting cleaner to the market, the EPA must authorize any claim of their product killing a specific pathogen before the company can put it on the label and register the product. Some companies can make efficacy claims not appearing on the product label if they follow the EPA's Emerging Viral Pathogens policy.
Suppose a company elects to test its disinfectant cleaners against variants of the virus. In this case, the EPA will give the company permission to claim that its cleaner kills the variants on the product label, provided the claims have verification from creditable science and testing data.
Does hand sanitizer expire?
Since the active ingredient in sanitizer is alcohol, products like hand sanitizers and sanitizing detergents expire because alcohol evaporates rapidly upon exposure to air. Even though many hand sanitizer containers and dispensers provide adequate protection from exposure to air, even the slight breeches will eventually dry up the volatile liquid. This drying action reduces the level of the hand sanitizer's active ingredient. When the alcohol level falls below 90% of the percentage printed on the label, the hand sanitizer has reached expiration.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates hand sanitizers and legally requires the products to have an expiration date and lot number. The industry standard for hand sanitizer expiration is 2 to 3 years. Although the hand sanitizers expire, they are not dangerous to use after the fact, just less effective. But to make sure you are adequately protected from infections, replace the product on or shortly after the expiration date.
Are alcohol wipes as good as disinfectant wipes?
Alcohol wipes are not as strong as disinfectant wipes because the task of sanitizing is not as demanding as disinfecting. This condition is why disinfecting wipes and sprays are better for cleaning handrails, toilet handles, and doorknobs. On the other hand, alcohol wipes remove common germs and bacteria. But their 60% alcohol formula is ineffective at killing mold, fungi, mildew, or viruses like COVID-19 due to their lower concentrations of disinfecting cleaning chemicals. On the other hand, disinfectant wipes contain alcohol, chlorhexidine, and benzalkonium, giving them the ability to kill disease-causing microbes.
What is the difference between cleaning and sanitizing?
Since it removes allergens and microorganisms, cleaning is beneficial in maintaining a healthy indoor environment. However, cleaning alone doesn't reduce the risk of bacterial cross-contamination like sanitizing does. This factor explains why a mopping solution without germicide can spread disease throughout your home. But, products like sanitizing detergent kill 99.9 % of the number of bacteria present in a cleaning area. So, sanitizing is better than cleaning because it reduces the pathogen level on living area surfaces according to FDA and EPA standards.
What does hospital-grade disinfectant mean??
A hospital-grade disinfectant is an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registered product suitable for use as a hospital-level disinfectant cleaning solution. This designation means the product is 99.9% effective at killing harmful bacteria, fungus, and pathogenic viruses. As a result, hospital-grade disinfectant wipes and cleaners are suitable for cleaning floors, counters, health care facilities, businesses, and your home.