Cleaning and disinfecting surface has been an important topic of discussion since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Although researcher say touching contaminated surfaces is not the main way we are exposed to the virus (inhaling airborne virus-laden respiratory droplets and aerosol is), the coronavirus can persist on surfaces from minutes to days. How long a virus remain viable on a surface depends on the environment, including factors such as temperature and the initial virus initially deposited on the surface. Disinfectant is use to speed up and ensure virus destruction.
Cleaning Is Different from Disinfecting
Cleaning and disinfecting are two different activities with very different purposes. Cleaning, usually carried out with water and detergent, removes dirt, grime, and debris from a surface. Cleaning may remove some pathogens, but it can also spread them around to other surfaces via the cleaning cloth or sponge. Disinfecting destroys the vast majority of pathogens on surfaces using an appropriate chemical product applied for a specific length of time. It’s a two-step process: We clean a given surface, then we disinfect it because cleaning removes substances that could react with and decrease the effectiveness of disinfectants. A surface looks much the same after cleaning and disinfecting, but it is much freer of invisible pathogens after that second step.
Precaution when use disinfectant
It is important to reduce your risk when using disinfectants:
- The disinfectant and its concentration should be carefully selected to avoid damaging surfaces and to avoid or minimize toxic effects on household members (or users of public spaces).
- Avoid combining disinfectants, such as bleach and ammonia, since mixtures can cause respiratory irritation and release potentially fatal gases.
- Keep children, pets and other people away during the application of the product until it is dry and there is no odour.
- Open windows and use fans to ventilate. Step away from odours if they become too strong. Disinfectant solutions should always be prepared in well-ventilated areas.
- Wash your hands after using any disinfectant, including surface wipes.
- Keep lids tightly closed when not in use. Spills and accidents are more likely to happen when containers are open.
- Do not allow children to use disinfectant wipes. Keep cleaning fluids and disinfectants out of the reach of children and pets.
- Throw away disposable items like gloves and masks if they are used during cleaning. Do not clean and re-use.
- Do not use disinfectant wipes to clean hands or as baby wipes.
- The minimum recommended personal protective equipment when disinfecting in non-health care settings is rubber gloves, waterproof aprons and closed shoes. Eye protection and medical masks may also be needed to protect against chemicals in use or if there is a risk of splashing.
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