Since introducing electrostatic disinfection as a new service offering, you might have questions about how it works. For example, is it safe and is it effective?
How Does Electrostatic Disinfection Work?
Electrostatic spray disinfecting works by using a specialized solution that is combined with air and atomized by an electrode inside the sprayer. It works by providing a charge to a solution, it electromagnetically sticks to a targeted surface, providing 360-degree coverage. Electrostatic sprayers use positive and negative charges to make disinfecting solutions electromagnetically stick to targeted surfaces. For example, no matter which angle you disinfect a surface from, the charge created by the electrostatic sprayer makes the disinfectant wrap around and cling to the entire surface.
Why is Electrostatic Disinfecting So Effective?
Harmful pathogens can live on surfaces for days, and will potentially double every 20 minutes given the right food source and ambient temperature. This provides ample opportunity to create situations for cross contamination. Conventional cleaning and disinfecting does a fine job of managing microbiological load on common touch points. However, the evolutionary flexibility of modern pathogens is such that we need to add new strategies to manage cross contamination and microbial load in many types of facilities well beyond acute care. Electrostatic disinfecting provides a broad-spectrum approach to disinfecting a complete surface area and an entire room as we have never seen before.
Electrostatic disinfection allows us to effectively and safely disinfect more square feet in less time.
How long does it last?
It disinfects, or kills, unwanted pathogens from every targeted surface, but won’t protect those surfaces from becoming infected again. Electrostatic disinfection does not create a protective barrier.
That being said, institutions like medical facilities, schools and gyms may require electrostatic disinfection more frequently because they are introduced to new, potentially harmful pathogens on a daily basis.
Does it leave a residue?
Electrostatic disinfection can leave a light layer of residue, but nothing visible or sticky on the surfaces. Disinfectants must dwell on surfaces, or remain visibly wet, for specified amounts of time in order to be effective. If surfaces are regularly cleaned in between disinfection as they should be, there shouldn’t be a build up of residue over time.
Is it safe to use around equipment, computers and paper?
Electrostatic disinfection can be safely performed around electronics such as laptops, monitors and keyboards because it is not applied directly at close range. No damage is done to papers, equipment, or electronics. Nonetheless we recommend putting away paper documents, along with anything else you don’t want sprayed before the scheduled service.
It is a great addition that guarantees that all surfaces, even small areas or upholstered surfaces that can’t get wiped down, are disinfected.
Is it safe for our team applying it?
It is safe for the person applying and all people present during the service. Masks and protective gear are not required, but may be used especially in medical settings where certain protective gear is required.
Are you ready to disinfecting your facility?
At Peak Janitorial, our staff are trained in touch point disinfection. While Electrostatic Disinfection is not a replacement to your regularly scheduled service, this is the disinfection of commonly touched surfaces like phones, handles, facets and hard to reach surfaces. It is a great addition that guarantees that all surfaces, even small areas or upholstered surfaces that can’t get wiped down, are disinfected.
With electrostatic spraying technology, we help protect workers, customers, students, and others.