The Truth About Disinfectants
If the public realized the real value of disinfectants the shelves on the stores wouldn’t be empty. Disinfectants are thought to kill germs which they do. But they offer no protection against germs re-infecting the surfaces.
“Disinfectants are chemical agents designed to inactivate or destroy microorganisms on inert surfaces. Disinfection does not necessarily kill all microorganisms, especially resistant bacterial spores; it is less effective than sterilization, which is an extreme physical or chemical process that kills all types of life. Wikipedia.”
To better understand how to control germs, we start with the realization germs are everywhere. At a microbial level germs are everywhere. They are in the air, our clothes, our hands, surfaces, etc. In fact at any given time over 5,000 germs are on your hand. Every time you touch something you get the privilege of sharing – you leave some and take some with you. There are good germs keep us healthy, bad germs make us sick. Disinfectants can’t tell the different – they kill all germs.
Just about every kind of disinfectant uses a chemical process to poison the germ to kill it. When the disinfectant is in liquid form this chemical process kills germs on contact. The poison is also harmful to humans, pets and can create damage on some surfaces.
The biggest problem with disinfectants is the false sense of security they provide. Most people think that spraying or wiping something down with a disinfectant makes it safe. This is true but the surface is only safe until the disinfectant dries. Once dry, the disinfectant provides no protection. But all the germs are dead – right? Wrong!
All the disinfectant did was kill the germs on the surface. Because of gravity, all the germs in the air, on your clothes, in your hair simply fall right back onto the surface causing re-infection. So within minutes your nicely disinfected surfaces have more germs back on them.
There is another major problem with disinfectants the Wikipedia definition above alludes to. Germs become resistant to the chemicals in the products you use. Unless you constantly change the type of disinfectant in use, you are creating “super germs” that may no longer be killed with your disinfectant.
If bacteria that live in protected environments are exposed to biocides repeatedly, for example during cleaning, they can build up resistance to disinfectants and antibiotics. Science Daily
The truth about disinfectants is they do kill but they are toxic chemicals harmful to people, surfaces and our environment. They are effective only for a few minutes then allow surfaces to be re-infected. And using the same disinfectant repeatedly probably reduces their effectiveness actually killing germs.
This is especially important in commercial facilities because of the extra cost associated with properly protecting your staff and customers from contagious diseases. You may have seen grocery stores that wipe down shopping carts after every customer. Or seen cleaning crews wiping down elevator buttons all day long. This is an added expense that adds up to real dollars quickly. (Not to mention the harsh odors in the air that cause irritations to some of their customers.) This extra cost consumes resources and money that hurts the bottom line. Eventually these costs will be passed on to the food we buy, office rents and everything else we purchase.
There are better solutions. MicroFoce provides infection control services to control the germs safely. We only use EPA registered virucide products that provide disinfecting (installing killing germs) and durable protection. The durable protection is one part of the equation providing protection between applications. The second part is onsite testing. MicroForce tests the efficacy to determine how long applications continue to kills germs. Based on historical data, most surface types continue to report improved microbial reductions for 90 days.
Contact MicroForce to learn more.