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COVID-19 Tips: Dwell Times for Effective Disinfection

Learn how proper contact times kill the Coronavirus on surfaces.

A common question we've received lately is, “How do I know that the products I’m using are effectively killing the Coronavirus?”. The answer lies in the dwell time of the disinfecting product being used. Dwell time (also referred to as contact time) is the amount of time the surface must remain visibly wet in order to kill disease-causing bacteria before the disinfectant is wiped off. The surface needs to be left undisturbed for the dwell time stated for each product—and it’s different based on the disinfecting product you’re using.

We know how important it is to you that you’re maintaining safe and healthy spaces, so we’ve outlined the dwell time for our products that have been approved by the EPA for use against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Ensuring that you and your staff are following the proper dwell times will result in surfaces free of harmful pathogens.

Disinfectant Product EPA Recommended Dwell Times

Formulation Type

Zogics Antibacterial Wipes 10 minutes RTU (ready to use)
Zogics Commercial Disinfectant Concentrate 10 minutes Concentrated
Hi-Con 64 Neutral Commercial Disinfectant & Detergent Concentrate 10 minutes Concentrated
A2Z Disinfecting Glass & Multi-Surface Cleaner 10 minutes RTU
PURTAB Disinfecting Tablets (for use with Protexus Sprayers)

1 minute

Concentrated

PUR:ONE Disinfecting Tablets

1 minute

Concentrated

Mark 11 Concentrated Disinfectant Packets 10 minutes Concentrated
Vital Oxide Commercial Mold Remover & Surface Disinfectant 10 minutes RTU/Concentrated
MatGuard MatPRO Concentrated Commercial Surface Disinfectant 1 minute Concentrated

Looking for additional COVID-19 resources?

Check out our blog post on Coronavirus and fitness centers here and for our comprehensive Zogics Clean Guide for fitness centers, click here.

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