So Many Cleaning Solutions: Which One is the Best?

We have seen more cleaning solutions than ever in the past 11 months, but how do we know which ones are most effective? After spraying and wiping a surface, the person assumes it’s disinfected, but what if the product wasn’t as effective as advertised? The American Journal of Infection Control explains that these cleaning products are rarely tested the same way that consumers actually use them. (Sattar, Maillard 2013) Since government registration doesn’t require companies to test products the way consumers actually use them (leaving the product on a surface for seconds instead of minutes, using less product, etc.) there’s no way of knowing if the surface is actually safe. Check out this graphic from The American Journal of Infection Control listing the different factors impacting the outcome of wiping action:

There are a lot of little things that the average person doesn’t think about while cleaning, but these little things hold high importance when it comes to public safety. Something as simple as the amount of pressure used during the wiping process can change the entire outcome of how clean a surface is left.

Another thing that should be considered is the person that is doing the wiping. They are at risk for coming into direct contact with these pathogens and may be spreading it without even knowing. Even when taking the proper precautions such as wearing gloves, they can still spread the pathogens onto other surfaces if proper precautions are not taken.

Given the factors associated with spraying and wiping to produce a disinfected environment, there is a high amount of variability and therefore perceived clean may not be actually clean. Furthermore, especially in public areas, the amount of time that a chemical has to sit to be effective may not be reliable.

However, Germicidal Ultraviolet Light technology offers something different that is proven to disinfect. Germicidal Ultraviolet Light has been integrated into hospital disinfection procedures for many years to help reduce hospital acquired infections. A hospital acquired infection is associated with picking up a virus or bacteria while in the hospital that is passed from another individual in the environment. Thus, hospitals use the technology to disinfect frequented areas as well as surfaces that are required to be sterile. In, addition Germicidal Ultraviolet Light technology is integrated into high end heating, ventilation and air conditioning units to remove bacteria and viruses from the air.

The way the technology works is simple as it is a function of light energy and time. Germicidal Ultraviolet Light provides high energy light waves that penetrate viruses, bacteria, and molds to destroy their ability to survive in the environment in which they reside. Therefore, Germicidal Ultraviolet Light requires a light emitting device to be turned on for a specific amount of time that is lethal to the micro-organism present. In the past year; the popularity and use of this technology in business versus hospital applications has risen as it is chemical free and the prices have come down as the technology has improved. Compared to the labor cost associated with spraying and wiping a 900 square foot room; it costs pennies on the dollar per treatment. It requires a light emitting device, placement of the device in the environment, turning the device on while limiting exposure to people, and letting the light disinfect the walls, ceiling, floor and all surfaces. See the video to watch the technology in action.

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