Since we have all realized that we are professionals, we know well enough that we must do our part to earn our status.
There is no question that disinfection is part of most daily cleaning processes. So, my suggestion for the week: Proper disinfection gives you a chance to save lives.
Most disinfectants are considered “Cleaner Disinfectant”, this is a tiny bit of a mistruth. Disinfectants work best when they have no soil load to contend with. Our recommendation is to always use a cleaner before a disinfectant if there is a soil load present. Disinfectants work by weakening the cell wall or structure of microbes, so they simply need time to attack the bacteria, virus or proteins. But did you know that most disinfectants require ten minutes of wet contact time to do their job? Quaternary disinfectants cause the least surface damage and do a more than sufficient job killing microbes. The only real challenge is wet time. Ten minutes wet time and disinfectants kill most microbes 100%. Five minutes and they kill 99%. The 99% solution is known as sanitization.
No doubt Hospitals use bleach to disinfect all surfaces. You like most people might even consider bleach to be a clean smell. In a subsequent blog I will talk about bleach and its perils.