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Tackle School Cleaning Challenges with Neutron Products
Tuesday, September 14, 2021
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Tackle School Cleaning Challenges with Neutron Products

The school year brings along daily cleaning challenges for educators and janitorial staff. Supply your schools with Neutron products that will clean, disinfect, and sanitize surfaces to prevent the spread of germs while eliminating malodors! 

Neutron is a one-stop-shop for disinfectants effective against germs that cause the common cold, flu viruses, and products on EPA List N for use against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.  Additionally, “EPA expects all products on List N to kill all strains of SARS-CoV-2. Genetic changes to the virus do not impact the efficacy of disinfectants” (EPA, 2021). Schools need to be diligent in disinfecting frequently touched surfaces to prevent the spread of pathogens. 

According to research done by National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) International, it was discovered that on average, a classroom computer keyboard contains 3,300 CFUs per square inch (NSF International). NSF International is a company that educates the public on health standards about products and the environment. The research done by this organization demonstrates that while a surface may look clean, it could be a hot spot for germs to reproduce. Frequently touched surfaces such as keyboards, doorknobs, desks, etc. are covered in potentially harmful bacteria and pathogens that can be easily spread around the school and further into the community without proper protocols in place. We have disinfectants that are easy to use and work quickly to kill a variety of pathogens. Our recommended disinfectants for use against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 have dwell times as little as 1 minute! 


Absenteeism caused by students being out sick can negatively affect their learning and development. If multiple students are out due to illness, it could lead to lower test scores and lower average scores for the school district. This may reflect poorly on the institution and cause future decreased enrollments and loss of funding from the state. 

Disinfecting, sanitizing, and cleaning surfaces are key to keeping everyone safe from illness, but what is the difference between them? According to the EPA, disinfecting surfaces uses chemicals to KILL VIRUSES AND BACTERIA, sanitizing surfaces also uses chemicals to kill bacteria but not viruses, and cleaning a surface means removing dirt and grime using soap.


What does it do?

Does EPA regulate the product?


Cleaning removes dirt and organic matter from surfaces using soap or detergents.

EPA regulates cleaning products only if they sanitize or disinfect


Sanitizing kills bacteria on surfaces using chemicals. It is not intended to kill viruses.

Yes, EPA registers products that sanitize


Disinfecting kills viruses and bacteria on surfaces using chemicals

Yes, EPA registers products that disinfect.

Using hand sanitizer

Using hand sanitizer kills pathogens on skin

No, hand sanitizers are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

(EPA, 2021)

Our Surface Defense Disinfecting Wipes and Surface Defense Plus Concentrated Disinfectant are the perfect products for schools to clean surfaces while disinfecting and helping deodorize odors. 

Surface Defense Disinfecting Wipes: Creating centralized disinfecting stations around the school makes it easier for staff and faculty to clean commonly touched surfaces efficiently. Schools should have disinfecting stations in classrooms, libraries, computer labs, and rooms where extra equipment is kept for extra-curricular activities. Surface Defense Wipes can both clean and disinfect hard non-porous surfaces in one easy step. Wipes are convenient because the user simply has to remove the wipe from the canister and use it on the surface.

Neutron’s Surface Defense Wipes are on List N for use against SARS- CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19*. Simply wipe the surface and let it dry for 2 minutes to allow for disinfection of the surface according to the label instructions. Encouraging faculty and staff to disinfect surfaces can help lower the community spread of viruses. Surface Defense Wipes provide a convenient solution to keeping commonly touched surfaces free of germs. 

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Surface Defense PLUS Concentrated Disinfectant is an economical 7-in-1 concentrate that can be used everywhere in your school as a cleaner, disinfectant, sanitizer, fungicide, mildewstat, virucidal, deodorizer, and bactericide. Surface Defense PLUS Concentrate is EPA registered to kill SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, with a dwell time of 1 minute. As mentioned above, the EPA expects products on EPA’s List N, such as Surface Defense PLUS Concentrated Disinfectant, to be effective against all strains and variants of SARS-COV-2 (EPA List N). Surface Defense Plus can clean and disinfect hard surfaces such as floors, desks, light switches, etc. For hard non-porous surfaces, simply wait 1 minute for disinfection, or the specified label contact time, and let air dry or wipe dry. 

Surface Defense Plus Concentrate can be used to sanitize soft surfaces such as pillows, rugs, upholstery, gym mats, and shared sports equipment. This product can be used in locker rooms/gyms to eliminate odors while killing fungi such as athlete’s foot. In addition, Surface Defense Plus is NSF approved meaning it can be used to sanitize food contact surfaces anywhere in your school. Simply follow the label directions for food contact sanitizing to create a properly diluted product. 

Surface Defense Plus Concentrate is an economical choice for your school. The great thing about concentrated formulas is that you can make what you need for whatever application or format (mop bucket, quart bottles, etc.) For example, a case of 4 gallons can make approximately 1,000 quarts for only $187! Using disinfectants can benefit the school by decreasing the outbreaks of harmful pathogens. If an outbreak were to occur, it can have a financial impact on the school and could potentially forfeit a school’s opportunity for hosting events. 

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Now that we have solved your cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing challenges, let’s talk about the odors you face every day. Our NI-712® Continuous SprayNI-712 AutoScents, and D-Molish Enzymatic Digester & Deodorizer are our most popular odor control products that can help eliminate foul odors all over the school while leaving behind a pleasant scent. 

Having odors in a school can leave a negative impression on the students and teachers. Keep your school smelling fresh with these odor control products. The SE-500 ingredient in our NI-712 products binds with odor molecules and neutralizes them instead of covering up malodors. Our NI-712® Continuous Sprays are perfect for eliminating odors as needed in classrooms, locker rooms, etc. Simply spray into the air to eliminate malodors and the result is a pleasant smelling environment.

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Areas in the school where there is constant foot traffic such as lobbies, libraries, gymnasiums, bathrooms, and hallways need odor elimination continuously. Our NI-712 AutoScents is an odor control system that includes a metered aerosol canister that you insert into a dispenser for automatic odor elimination.   

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Neutron Odor eliminators come in a wide variety of fragrances including several that contain no known allergens. These products help create a positive atmosphere for learning and teaching. 


D-Molish Enzymatic Digester & Deodorizer: This enzymatic cleaner is perfect for removing organic stains and eliminating malodors throughout the school but specifically in restrooms. D-Molish contains enzymes that digest organic substances such as food, urine, vomit, or blood. This helps eliminate the odor source while replacing it with a clean scent. Use this product in restrooms around toilets and urinals to remove uric acid and other wastes trapped in floorings such as in tile, grout, and cement. Have you ever walked into a restroom after the floor has been “cleaned” and it still smells like urine? The reason this occurs is when the janitorial staff is mopping the floors, they are pushing the uric acid into the grout where it continues to live. After mopping with a floor cleaner, follow with D-Molish to have the enzymes eat any organic compounds left behind. It will be the first time the restroom smells fresh and is truly clean! AND D-Molish has many more applications. To learn more visit our website.  

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From disinfecting and sanitizing surfaces to controlling odors, Neutron has the products to tackle the daily cleaning challenges in your school. Practicing regular disinfecting and sanitizing will help keep students, teachers, and staff healthy and limit absenteeism. Eliminating malodors that accumulate in your school will leave a positive impression on students and staff alike. Let us make cleaning easier, so you can continue to educate the young minds of today!



*Surface Defense Disinfecting Wipes (EPA Registration #6836-372-42666) has demonstrated effectiveness against viruses similar to SARS-CoV-2 on hard, non-porous surfaces. Therefore, Surface Defense Wipes can be used against SARS-CoV-2 when used in accordance with the directions for use against rotavirus on hard, non-porous surfaces. Please refer to the CDC at https://www.cdc.gov/ for more information.


E. P. A. (2020). Do disinfectants kill newer strains and variants of coronavirus? EPA. Retrieved September 15, 2021, from https://www.epa.gov/coronavirus/do-disinfectants-kill-newer-strains-and-variants-coronavirus 

E. P. A. (2021). What’s the difference between products that disinfect, sanitize, and clean surfaces? EPA. Retrieved September 9, 2021, from https://www.epa.gov/coronavirus/whats-difference-between-products-disinfect-sanitize-and-clean-surfaces

N.S.F International. (2020). Germiest places at schools. NSF International. Retrieved September 9, 2021, from https://www.nsf.org/blog/consumer/germiest-places-schools