How To Effectively Use Disinfectants
September 30, 2021
Disinfectants are an important part of the cleaning process whether you are cleaning your house or your office. They are integral to keeping everyone safe and healthy. However, unfortunately, there are many misconceptions when it comes to using disinfectants.
From applying them on to the surface in the wrong way to thinking that just wiping the surface with a disinfectant will get rid of the bacteria, there are many practices people follow that reduce the efficiency of their disinfectants.
In this blog, we have listed some of the ways in which you can improve the efficiency of your disinfectant.
According to the experts, mops and cleaning cloths made of synthetic microfiber are the most effective when used with a disinfectant. They are better than natural-based fibers, due to their resistance to “quat binding”.
Invest in a good quality microfiber cloth to properly disinfect different surfaces. You can also easily get your hands on microfiber mops.
While mopping you clean the floors and dip your mop back into its bucket. This can contaminate the solution. If the solution is not changed often, you may end up simply re-spreading bacteria all over the floor. According to the experts, you should change your mop water after cleaning every 2-3 rooms. Moreover, the solution should be clear, not cloudy.
It is easy to miss small spots, corners and areas under the bed or sofa when disinfecting an area. However, studies have shown that under the right conditions, bacteria can double their numbers in as little as 20 minutes. So, make sure you clean all areas with ample disinfectant.
In addition to this, it is imperative that you clean all the hot spots. Hot spots are frequently touched areas such as doorknobs, light switches, elevator buttons, and handrails. These areas accumulate germs more quickly and need to be disinfected more often.
It is important to remove any visible surface soil before applying a disinfectant. Some disinfectants have been tested for organic soil tolerance for certain pathogens. However, for maximum effectiveness make sure all dirt, dust, grime, and particles are removed before disinfecting the area.
Before you apply a disinfectant, read the label to be sure the specific bacteria, viruses, and other germs you want to eradicate are listed. Moreover, every disinfectant has different conditions and methods that you need to follow. Some have to be left on the surface for a few minutes while others have to be diluted. Hence, make sure you follow the instructions on the label for maximum efficiency.
Mixing different disinfectants is a big no. It is important to understand that disinfectants are made from chemicals that can react with each other which is why you should never mix disinfectants with cleaners or any other chemicals. Moreover, mixing a disinfectant with anything else will completely change its properties and it will no longer be effective.
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