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Tips for Selecting the Right Disinfectants

Though surfaces may appear clean, they are, in many cases contaminated with pathogens. This is why you are advised to use disinfectants when cleaning your surfaces. Disinfectants get rid of germs by oxidizing them, and hence disrupting their synthesis process. You should, however, note that some disinfectants may not be effective in killing germs. You need to do more than asking for recommendations if you want a good disinfectant. To ensure that you choose effective disinfectants, you need to consider several factors. Here, we will be giving you tips to ensure that you make the right choice when shopping for a disinfectant.

Ease of use is one of the factors you must consider when buying disinfectants. You must look into whether the product is ready for use or not. Those that are ready for use are the best if you plan on using them several times a day. Apart from looking into whether the product is ready for use at the time of purchase, also look into whether it comes in convenient forms of use such as in spray form or wipes.

The second factor you need to consider is a disinfectant’s kill claims. This is an especially important factor because all disinfectants do not kill all types of germs. Look at the germs that your facility is most prone to, and buy a disinfectant that specifically kills those germs.

Before you settle on any disinfectant, ensure that you look into how safe it is. The flammability rating and toxic levels of a disinfectant will tell you whether or not it is safe for use. You need to look at the type of facility you are running, and then assess whether or not the levels on the product’s label are acceptable in your specific field. The type of surfaces you have in your facility will help you determine which levels are acceptable since some disinfectants could damage or corrode them. You should also look into whether personal protective gear is a must-have for a certain disinfectant before you purchase it to ensure the safety of your staff.

The fourth consideration you need to make before you settle on any disinfectant is its kill time. For facilities that see a lot of traffic, you need a disinfectant with a high kill time. You should also consider a disinfectant’s wet-contact times. Buy a disinfectant that needs to be wiped down only once if you are in a busy facility. Going for a disinfectant with a long wet-contact time is not recommended because you have to look for employees to ensure that surfaces are visibly wet for it to be effective. When you follow these tips, the chances of buying an ineffective disinfectant are close to nil.

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