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Dwell Times for Effective Disinfection

Learn how proper contact times kill the Coronavirus and other pathogens 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 Disinfecting Wipes 10 minutes RTU (ready to use)
Zogics Commercial Disinfectant Concentrate 10 minutes Concentrated
A2Z Disinfecting Glass & Multi-Surface Cleaner 10 minutes RTU
PURTAB Disinfecting Tablets (for use with Protexus Sprayers)

10 minutes


PUR:ONE Disinfecting Tablets

10 minutes


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

Waltz D Hypochlorous Acid Ready-to-Use Surface Disinfectant

10 minutes RTU

Bioesque Botanical Disinfectant

> 1 minute RTU

Zogics Hypochlorous Surface Disinfectant

10 minutes RTU

Zogics Commercial Disinfectant Concentrate

10 minutes Concentrated

Looking for additional COVID-19 resources?

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

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