Disinfect VS Sanitize—Why Electrostatic Cleaning Is Superior To Commercial Products

Disinfect VS Sanitize—Why Electrostatic Cleaning Is Superior To Commercial Products

It’s important to know the difference between something that is disinfected versus merely sanitized.

While sanitizing reduces the bacteria on a surface, disinfecting destroys or inactivates the bacteria as well as viruses—this includes Norovirus, conjunctivitis, mold, mildew, Staph/MRSA, Influenza flu, Hand Foot and Mouth Disease, and other pathogens.

Disinfectants are the only products the EPA approves to eliminate and/or inactivate viruses on surfaces. On the other hand, the EPA approves sanitizers only for bacteria, whereas disinfectant is approved for both bacteria and viruses.

The Science Of Electrostatic Disinfectant

Electrostatic Cleaning

Our electrostatic cleaning is done via a special sprayer that contains electrostatic disinfectant combined with air. Inside the sprayer, an electrode gives the disinfectant solution a positive electric charge. This achieves 2 things:

  1. Due to the fact that positively charged molecules naturally repel each other, the solution automatically spreads across any surface its sprayed upon, and
  2. The positively charged solution naturally bonds with the negatively charged surface of the object.

In short, our electrostatic cleaning gives 360 degree coverage to any object we spray in an instant. This means we can spray an object—a table, chair, door, or anything else—and our electrostatic disinfectant will wrap around it, reaching those hard-to-reach areas that typically go uncleaned for weeks, months, or even years.

Electrostatic cleaning is thorough, fast, and effective. In fact, we can prove its effectiveness with a special kind of testing.

ATP Testing Proves The Effectiveness Of Electrostatic Cleaning

ATP—or, Adenosine triphosphate—is an organic compound that gives living cells the energy they need to function (condensate dissolution, muscle contraction, nerve impulse propagation, chemical synthesis, etc.). 

In short, ATP is something found in all living things. So, by testing a surface for a measure of ATP prior to our electrostatic cleaning and then re-testing the surface afterward, we can measure just how much ATP has been removed and, hence, how disinfected the surface actually is.

We do this with an ATP hygiene monitoring system—sometimes called an ATP sanitation monitoring system—which involves a testing device equipped with a liquid-stable reagent that emits light directly proportional to the amount of ATP present in a sample.

Learn more about our ATP testing methods here.

Electrostatic Cleaning VS Hands-On Cleaning Methods

Electrostatic Cleaning

With electrostatic cleaning, objects can be fully covered by a cleaner at a distance. Conversely, hands-on cleaning methods leave many opportunities for human error—not applying enough pressure, not wiping down the entire surface, and especially missing hard-to-reach areas in corners or tightly packed spaces that can go months or even years without being touched.

What’s more, many commercial cleaning products don’t effectively kill viruses, especially SARS-CoV-2, Norovirus, conjunctivitis, influenza and other pathogens. Commercial cleaning products typically only achieve the level of sanitation, whereas electrostatic cleaning disinfects surfaces quickly and at a distance.

Dwell Time

Both electrostatic cleaning and hands-on cleaning methods involve a degree of dwell time, which is the amount of time a disinfectant needs to remain wet on a surface for it to kill or deactivate bacteria and/or viruses. This is why dwell time is also called kill or contact time.

The problem with many hands-on cleaning methods is that people often don’t leave disinfectant on surfaces long enough before wiping them away for the process to do much good in terms of killing pathogens.

On the other hand, electrostatic cleaning adheres to an object’s surface and remains on it until it naturally dries—the time this takes is fully within the scope of dwell time required to kill or deactivate bacteria and viruses. 

Our preferred EPA-approved effervescent tablets have a 1-minute dwell time at full strength and around 5 minutes when diluted in half.

Why Choose Mister E For Electrostatic Disinfecting (And Other Services)?

With our electrostatic cleaning and other services, we can quickly and efficiently clean objects in your school, clinic, lab, or other commercial property. Not only does this keep you, your employees, and your customers safe from various pathogens, but it also reduces absenteeism due to illness.

Although COVID-19 is normalizing, enhanced disinfection methods are still required and will remain for years to come. 

Contact us today for a free consultation and see how we can keep your workplace safe, clean, and efficient.

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