Electrostatic disinfection is quickly becoming a widely adopted method to disinfect surfaces and settings, especially in a professional context.
This is because of the effectiveness of the technique, the time it saves, as well as its cost effectiveness in the long run.
If you are considering using the technique for yourself, then you are at the right place.
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In this article, we will address some of the common questions new customers have, including the safety of the process and how often it should be done:
How Does Electrostatic Spraying Work?
Electrostatic disinfection is also referred to as electrostatic spraying. That is because the technique involves the use of a spraying machine to disperse the solution.
The nozzle of the sprayer imparts a positive electrical charge on the solvent particles. This allows the particles to disperse more widely and adhere to the negatively charged and neutral surfaces in the setting that is being sprayed.
Where Can Electrostatic Disinfection Be Performed?
Electrostatic disinfection is used in all kinds of settings, especially professional and public ones. It is commonly used in offices, hospitals, schools and universities, fitness centres and gyms, hotels, restaurants, and even regular houses.
Is Electrostatic Disinfection Safe?
Yes. Electrostatic disinfection is very safe and does not cause harm to materials or people. It can be used on most surfaces without expecting them to get damaged, such as furniture and fabric.
However, it is advisable to remove paper based materials from the spray zone as they can get damp.
Can Electrostatic Spraying Be Done Around Electronic Equipment?
Yes. Electrostatic disinfection can be done on and around electronic equipment. It does not damage such items. However, you should remove any sensitive electronics from the room as they can get disturbed if directly sprayed on.
Does Electrostatic Disinfection Leave Behind a Residue?
No! That is one of the major benefits of electrostatic disinfection that is not often highlighted. With manual spraying, you often end up with pools of disinfectant on top of different surfaces which obviously impedes with your routine activities until it dries or is wiped off.
Additionally, you end up missing a lot of corners and crannies when spraying manually. An electrostatic sprayer disperses the charges evenly in a thin layer that coats surfaces far and wide. This way, spots are not missed and you do not end up with any kind of pooling or residue either.
How Often Should Electrostatic Disinfection Be Done?
So once you have gotten your place electrostatically disinfected, how soon will you have to get it resprayed? To be honest, there is no set answer to this.
It highly depends on the kind of business you run or what the nature of the setting is. Electrostatic disinfection only lasts until the surfaces are soiled or contaminated again.
So if your space experiences a lot of public contact, you will need to respray quicker. On the other hand, you can probably space out disinfections for places like your home.
For high exposure settings, daily disinfection is advised. Most businesses, however, can safely disinfect every two to three days.
Do You Need to Clean Before Spraying?
Yes. Make sure that you give the surfaces a wipe before having them sprayed. This is especially important if there is visible dirt or grease on the surfaces. This way, you can spray the clean surfaces and start using the setting right away.
How Long After Disinfection Can You Start Using the Room/Equipment?
The killing of viruses and bacteria happens pretty quickly once the surfaces have been sprayed with the disinfectant. It typically takes around one to two minutes to eliminate most microorganisms. However, different solutions can have different dwell times.
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As a general principle, it is advisable to leave the room/equipment for at least 10-15 minutes after it has been sprayed. Once the surface is dry and disinfected, you can start using the room or items as per routine.
Electrostatic disinfection is a great way to keep public settings, business places, as well as personal spaces clean, safe, and as healthy as possible. Consider investing in this solution for the sake of your employees/customers, especially in light of recent health scares.