Ready to Disinfect? Don't Forget Two Key Steps.
Before you disinfect, make sure you do two critical tasks.
Step 1: Proper disinfection begins with cleaning.
More than ever before, disinfecting your facility is top priority for the safety of your staff and clientele. Many of us are working to make sure we have stocked up our janitorial supplies, and have added disinfecting sprayers and ready to use or concentrated disinfectants to our cleaning arsenal.
Before you or your staff put on the backpack sprayer and start singing the Ghostbusters theme, make sure that the surfaces you're about to disinfect are clean. Proper cleaning ensures that the maximum amount of germs, bacteria and viruses are eliminated when disinfecting.
Clean away dirt, crumbs etc.
Step 2: Time to disinfect, safely.
Now it's time to disinfect, but before you begin, you must take into consideration the disinfectant you're using, and the proper way to use it. Always, always read the label on your disinfectant. Make sure you're in a well-ventilated area, and have the proper PPE (personal protective equipment) on hand for the disinfectant you're using.
If you’re working with a Quat (quaternary disinfectant) PPE use is essential. Be sure to use the correct Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) recommended on the label and follow instructions for use for the disinfecting product you’re using.
Examples of Supplies and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) needed for cleaning with chemicals:
- Disposable Gloves
- Masks (not specialized N95 masks used for infection control, only masks used for barrier protection from cleaning chemicals)
- Goggles/safety glasses for protection of skin and eyes during cleaning
- Protective clothing that can be thrown away or washed.
Disinfectants that are Hypochlorous Acid-based usually only require gloves for extended use, but again, each disinfectant is different and the label on the product will guide you to the correct PPE you'll need. For more information on the different types of disinfectants we offer, check out our primer here.
Now that you've cleaned and prepped with the appropriate PPE, you're ready to disinfect. Our top choice for disinfecting? Zogics Disinfecting Atomizing Sprayer.
Reasonably priced and compatible with any EPA List N Disinfectant, our sprayer is designed for maximum cleaning efficiency and productivity, with the ability to thoroughly disinfect 8,000-16,000 ft2/hr (coverage subject to target item and respective application rate).
Empower your staff and reassure your community with our FREE downloadable cleaning and disinfecting guides for fitness centers, educational settings, hospitality facilities and more.
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