Disinfecting isn’t quite as simple as it sounds. You can’t just wipe down a surface and call it disinfected. There’s more to disinfecting than that, and we want to make it clear what it means to truly disinfect surfaces. By knowing how to properly disinfect surfaces, it will be easier for you to avoid making mistakes while making your facility more hygienic and safe. There are many disinfecting mistakes that can be made, and we would like to review some of them with you.
People Eyeball Disinfecting Solution Mixtures
When using disinfectant solutions, follow the instructions on the label and be sure to get your measurements right. There are people who will try to save money by using less disinfectant than what is advised, but doing this will lead to disinfectants being less effective. This is why it’s important to abide by the instructions listed on the disinfectant for optimal application. You might spend a little extra money using the extra disinfectant, but you ensure that you get good use from the solution.
Not Providing Enough Contact Time After Disinfecting
Contact time refers to how long a solution has to stay applied to an affected surface before it can properly disinfect an area. The surface in question also has to remain wet in order to be disinfected properly. If you remove a solution from its designated surface too soon, it won’t have enough time to properly disinfect the area. Make sure every staff member in your facility understands the right amount of contact time for whatever product you’re using.
Spraying Surfaces, Then Using a Dry Cloth to Wipe Them Down
As we had touched upon earlier, contact time is the amount of time that surfaces have to stay wet while exposed to disinfectants in order to properly disinfect them. Wiping surfaces down with a dry cloth means the surfaces won’t be wet anymore. In short, the solution will have no effect. Disinfectants are able to kill plenty of germs, but they can’t do so upon immediate contact with the surface. You need sufficient contact time to get the job done, and you cut that contact time drastically by accelerating the drying process with a dry cloth.
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