Cleaning and disinfecting have become a significant part of our lives. Either as a business trying to keep their doors open while respecting all the government guidelines or as a residential building trying to prevent a COVID-19 infection.
With disinfectants now frequently being applied on high-traffic surfaces, we have observed the following questions from end-users and professional cleaning practitioners: What is the effect of frequent disinfection on common surfaces? Is it safe for repeated use?
There are two main factors to take into consideration when frequently disinfecting a surface: material deposits and surface damage.
One should not be mixed up with the other.
Material deposit is a phenomenon that is common in all liquids composed of two or more compounds. After the liquid has evaporated, some compounds are left behind as they do not evaporate at room temperature. A common substance that is used daily by the majority of the population is water. Depending on the hardness of your water, a white substance is left behind when the water evaporates. That substance is mainly minerals that is present in the water. The same principal applies to disinfectant, some ingredients such as hydrogen peroxide or ammonium chloride get left behind when the disinfectant dries up.
While these deposits can be unsightly, they are easily removed with a clean, damp cloth. Also, using a disinfectant that is bio friendly can also help in reducing deposits. Unfortunately, material deposits and surface damage do not always go hand in hand. Which is why it is important to recognize the signs of surface damage as soon as they happen.
While not as common as material deposits, it does happen often as well. Surface damage is more serious since the damage is usually irreversible. If you notice the surface starting to get dull, pitted or crack lines are starting to appear, action needs to be taken immediately to prevent any further permanent damage.
The best and easiest way to prevent surface damage is to use a disinfectant made specifically for the surface in question. However, the frequent use of any substance on a surface is likely to cause permanent damage over a long period of time. Think of your beautiful wooden floor, or even your colorful clothes, the surface eventually fades after enough cleaning cycles.
Another way to reduce surface damage is by eliminating over wetting. Over wetting is when too much disinfectant is applied in a specific area of the surface, causing an accumulation of disinfectant. Not to be confused with uneven application of the disinfectant, where disinfectant is applied correctly on parts of the surface and too little on other parts. Over wetting can speed up surface damage since a higher concentration of disinfectant is applied on a small surface area.
Pax Electrostatic Sprayer
In addition to using the right product for the job, using the right tools will also aid in preventing surface damage. Using an electrostatic sprayer will promote a uniform coverage unto the surface. Combined with a high-quality nozzle, the spray will be consistent and uniform in droplet size. Overall, surface damage will be reduced by preventing over wetting and uneven application of the disinfectant caused by human error.
The Pax electrostatic sprayer are the perfect tools to protect and disinfect your surfaces. Boasting the best nozzles on the market and the highest electrostatic transfer efficiency on the market, you can rest assured that your surfaces will be disinfected and enjoy a long shelf life.