However, if you are a small business where there are not patients and life-threatening diseases, the above basics are probably another language to you.

Although you may not need to know all about dilution ratios, or Quats vs. Phenol disinfectants, there are some basic disinfection knowledge you do need to know to keep your employees and customers healthy during the cold and flu season. 

  1. Clean.  Sanitize. Disinfect.  What’s the difference?

Cleaners aid in removing soil from a surface. Although cleaning does remove some germs from surfaces – it doesn’t kill them.

Sanitizers lower the number of bacteria on surfaces to levels that are considered safe by public health organizations.  These are a perfect solution when you need a surface sanitized fast for high touch areas.

Disinfectants kill lurking germs and help prevent the spread of disease when used as directed on hard, pre-cleaned, non-porous surfaces.

  1. Dilutible or Ready-to-use? Which disinfectant is right for me?

Dilutible Disinfectants are cost effective for larger, high traffic  facilities and they use less packaging, so many customers consider them to be more eco-friendly. And yes, these disinfectants are diluted out and do stretch your dollar, but if your facility is small, the dilutible product may go to waste if it is not used quickly enough.

Ready-to-use disinfectants are…well, ready!  No mixing and measuring for a one man cleaning crew.  No extra product is made, so you only use what you need when you need it, there is no waste.

  1. What is a Dwell time?

Unless you are working in a heath care facility, you may have not known that your disinfectants’ have a dwell time.  The dwell time is the contact time the disinfectant is required to remain on a surface to effectively kill bacteria and germs.  A manufacturer’s dwell time for total kill can range from 1-10 minutes.  Many consumers believe disinfectant wipes automatically kill germs with just one swipe, when in fact, if the surface is not staying wet for the complete dwell time, all you are probably doing is a quick sanitation of the surface.

Remember, the shorter the dwell time, the quicker you can get your facility germ-free and ready for business.

  1.  Quaternary Disinfectant vs. Phenol Disinfectants

Quaternary Disinfectants are great for cleaning and disinfecting hard, non-porous surfaces.  They may be formulated with surfactants, which act like detergents and foaming agents, for effective cleaning and disinfecting in one step. 

Phenol Disinfectants do not contain surfactants, so surfaces must be cleaned before disinfecting. Most are Ready-to-use and they are not safe around cats. Cats lack the ability to clean this chemical out of their bloodstream and continuted exposure can cause disease and even death for felines.

  1. Who is the EPA?  And why do I care if they certify my disinfectant?

The EPA is the Environmental Protection Agency.  This agency exists to protect human health and the environment. An EPA-registered product will have an EPA registration number on the product label.  This means to the consumer that the products formula has gone through testing to prove all the claims on the label are true.  It’s your security to know your product can perform and kill the pathogens it claims to.

Below you will find Neutron’s Sanitizing/Disinfecting products all-tied up in a nice table to help you find what’s best for your company at one quick glance.  Our product specialists are always ready to answer any disinfectant questions you may have.  You can visit our disinfectant area on our web site by clicking this link.