Sanitize and Disinfect Faster with Electrostatic Disinfection
Michael Belliveau, Sales Manager, Clean Advantage
Electrostatic disinfection has become quite popular because of the recent need for businesses, offices, and schools to thoroughly clean and disinfect their indoor spaces. So what is it and why does it work better than traditional cleaning methods?
What is Electrostatic Disinfection?
Electrostatic disinfection uses a specialized sprayer to disperse a liquid disinfectant. It is a great commercial cleaning service because it offers a more complete clean and can properly, quickly and thoroughly disinfect high-traffic and hard-to-reach areas.
How Does Electrostatic Disinfection Work?
According to the EPA, electrostatic disinfection is very different from traditional cleaning methods because the “electrostatic sprayers apply a positive charge to liquid disinfectants as they pass through the nozzle.”
The electrostatic spray is electrically charged with a flow rate of 110 microns per minute, which allows the liquid disinfectant to evenly coat all types of nonporous surfaces. Because the disinfectant has a positive electrical charge, the droplets become attracted to all negative surfaces, so the entire area is covered, including the underside and backside. Plus, any surface that is already covered with the spray will automatically repel it, so you don’t end up using too much product.
What Types of Areas Benefit From Electrostatic Disinfection?
Electrostatic disinfection is ideal for:
- High-traffic areas
- High-touchpoint areas
- Workspace and residential common areas
- School playgrounds and bathrooms
How Often Should Electrostatic Disinfection Be Done?
Ideally, electrostatic disinfection should be done at once a week, especially during cold and flu season. But, electrostatic disinfection is such a great cleaning method, that even doing it once a month can really help get your building cleaner. However, with flu season coming and new variants on the rise again, the more often you use electrostatic disinfection to clean your property, the better.
Electrostatic Disinfection vs. Manual Disinfection
While the goal is the same, electrostatic disinfection is faster and more effective than traditional manual cleaning and disinfection.
Manual disinfection requires:
1.More labor. An individual typically cleans and wipes each surface by hand. Often more than once.
2. More time. Cleaning is not the same as disinfecting which seeks to kill germs on surfaces. When you manually disinfect something, you wipe it down and let the cleaning solution sit on the space for up to 10 minutes for it to be effective depending on the type of disinfectant. The same goes for using disinfecting wipes.
3. More supplies. To disinfect surfaces, you can’t just “wipe it and be done.” You must use the right amount of disinfectant for the surface area to be sanitized. Reusing a cloth is discouraged as it might spread germs. Disposable cloths or wipes must also be used in a limited fashion to stop spread of germs, and ensure thorough surface coverage of disinfectant. For example, with a standard disinfecting wipe, you should use it to clean a 2’x2′ area – the size of one student desk. If you have a bigger area to clean, you will need to use multiple wipes to make sure you don’t recontaminate anything.
Pros and Cons of Electrostatic Disinfection
Pros of Electrostatic Disinfection
- Electrostatic disinfection spraying covers more square footage at a faster rate than manual cleaning methods, which saves both time and money.
- The disinfection solution is able to adhere to any surface, even carpets.
- The solution is able to get into crevices and microscopic areas that other sprays and wipes can’t reach.
- The surfaces you spray, even carpets, dry completely in between two to five minutes.
- Because the solution dries without needing to be wiped off, you don’t have to risk recontamination of the surface by wiping it down.
Cons of Electrostatic Disinfection
- Care is to be taken when applying electrostatic disinfection to prevent any chemical irritation. It is best to leave it to professional application.
- PPE should be worn when using electrostatic disinfection.
- It’s not ideal for food preparation or dining areas.
Clean Advantage’s Electrostatic Disinfection Services
Clean Advantage provides electrostatic disinfection services for commercial and residential properties in Maryland, Washington, DC, and northern Virginia.
We have a plethora of electrostatic disinfecting machines and a dedicated highly-trained crew to tackle any of your electrostatic disinfectant needs.
In terms of pricing, the cost of spraying the common areas is a per-service fee, which would include high-touch areas, like entrance door handles, lobbys, stairwells, etc. We price spraying the inside of units and hallways separately because they depend on the size and number of floors your building has.