FAQ: What is electrostatic disinfection & how does it work?

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What is electrostatic disinfection?

The electrostatic disinfection system places a positive electrostatic charge to the disinfectant as it leaves the spray nozzle, causing each droplet to become powerfully attracted to its opposite negative charge targeted surfaces such as desks, table tops, chairs, door handles, cabinet handles, light switches and hard-to-reach areas.

What are the benefits of electrostatic disinfection?

Compared to manual spray and wipe, the electrostatic disinfection provides more coverage, less disinfectant, and better results.
(1) Use less than 1/10 of disinfectant compared to manual spray and wipe
(2) Able to disinfect 10X larger areas at the same time, which saves cleaning time and cost, compared to spray and wipe.

Does disinfection work to prevent COVID-19?

Report from American Journal of Infection Control states that the tested disinfectants do prevent and control the spread of SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19.

The conclusion of the report:
“Products formulated with the microbicidal actives studied here should be useful for healthcare workers, researchers, and the public at large as critical interventions for infection prevention and control of SARS-CoV-2 and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.”
Link to report: https://www.ajicjournal.org/article/S0196-6553(20)30313-8/pdf
The specific EPA approved disinfectants can be found on:
EPA’s website: List N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2
All products on this list meet EPA’s criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
National Center for Biotechnology Information has released their evaluation of electrostatic disinfection technology used in hospitals.

Conclusion of the report:
Application of a dilute sodium hypochlorite disinfectant using an electrostatic sprayer provided a rapid and effective means to reduce bacterial contamination on these surfaces and to eliminate an inoculated bacteriophage.

Read the entire article here:
“Evaluation of an electrostatic spray disinfectant technology for rapid decontamination of portable equipment and large open areas in the era of SARS-CoV-2”

How often should my facilities be disinfected?

Once disinfection is complete the facilities are safe for people who do not carry any germs or viruses. Once a person carrying a germ or virus enters your facilities the place will again be unsafe and require cleaning and disinfection again.
So it’s important to have frequent cleaning and disinfection of your facilities as we can be carrying a virus, without knowing.

Is electrostatic disinfection safe?

Yes, electrostatic disinfection is safe. The disinfectants used should be EPA approved as with any cleaning and disinfection product used in commercial cleaning services.
Masks and personal protection equipment is not required for disinfection with an electrostatic sprayer. People in the room during and after disinfection are safe.

Where can I use electrostatic spray technology?

Electrostatic disinfection can be used in all facilities; schools, offices, churches, medical facilities, industrial facilities, and fitness facilities.
And all rooms; Classrooms, offices, medical offices, break rooms, kitchens, restrooms, and fitness centers.
Consider using a commercial cleaning service that offers an electrostatic disinfection service so you know you are getting disinfection professionals trained and using EPA approved disinfectants that have been tested and proven effective against SARS-CoV-2 and Covid-19.

Which disinfectants should be used?

Always use EPA approved sanitizers and disinfectants that have been proved to have an effect against common pathogens.
For disinfectants that have proven effect on SARS-CoV-2, the EPA List N provides a list of approved disinfectants to be used:
List N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2
While there are disinfectant chemicals available that are well-suited for electrostatic application, there are others that are not due to potential safety hazards or material incompatibilities. Please use EPA approved disinfectants to avoid safety hazards.

How To Prepare For Disinfection Treatment?

Start with regular cleaning before starting the disinfection treatment.
Secure equipment and consider removing paper products from the area to be treated.
Ensure that individuals without PPE protective suits are not present in the area when treatment starts.

Will The Disinfectant Leave A Residue?

Once the disinfectant is applied it should be left to dry, whether applied manually or with electrostatic disinfection. So there is no difference between methods of disinfection but only the EPA registered disinfectant used.

How Long Does The Disinfection Treatment Take?

10X faster than manual spray and wipe disinfection.
Electrostatic disinfection takes only a few minutes or seconds per room, depending on the size. Because electrostatic spraying of disinfectants is electrically charged and attaches itself to all surfaces around an object, it is so much faster than manually having to touch and clean all surfaces.

How Long Before It Is Safe To Use The Area After Disinfection?

For maximum effect of the disinfectants, it should be left for one hour to eliminate viruses. Once the disinfectant has dried, people can enter and use the facilities as usual.

If you have a suspected or confirmed case of virus in your facilities, or just need disinfection. We can help.

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