Viricidal pertains to chemicals or agents that destroy or render a virus inactive, thereby preventing infection through physical changes to the virus. Lysol and bleach are examples of viricidal agents. Virustatic pertains to the inhibition of cell entry and/or replication, usually by inhibiting binding to cell receptors or interfering with a biological process that is critical to viral replication.
Viricidal’s are used as disinfectants to clean up contaminated areas, areas with blood-borne pathogens or other bacteria’s. They are mostly used to clean crime scene houses, offices or areas, likewise hoarded houses with severe contamination and trauma centres.
For Arizona cleaning professionals and facility administrators, it is very important that these disinfectants are used the right way to avoid disaster. Below are seven tips on how to clean, use viricidal’s properly to protect the health of the staff.
1) Use Microfiber: Mops, towels or cleaning cloths used for cleaning should be made of synthetic microfiber rather than natural based fibre, because of their resistance to squat binding, as natural-based fibres are easily absorbed. It is also important that you change cleaning clothes often while you are cleaning, e.g replace cleaning clothes with new ones after cleaning two to four surfaces.
2) Brush off Dirt: The first step of cleaning should be sweeping or brushing off visible dirt/soil from the surface of wherever you intend to clean. Then the second step entails spraying or applying the disinfectants according to its description on the label.
3) Don’t mix: It is not advisable to mix with cleaners or other viricidal’s. Mixing two or three disinfectants together will completely change its properties and would make it ineffective for the purpose of its use.
4) Always read labels: Before you buy or use any disinfectant, it is very important that you read the label to ensure that the specific virus, bacteria or germs you want to render ineffective is listed among the kill claims. The label will also give you other information that are necessary to the cleaning process, such as; first aid directions in case of an accident while using guidelines, warning/hazard statements, ingredients and application method or timing.
5) Pay attention to the right ratio: Viricidal’s come in different forms and concentrations, however, the ones that come in concentrated forms must be mixed or diluted in the exact way that was shown on the label to avoid disaster while cleaning.
6) Hit the Hot Spots: It is important to concentrate your cleaning on “Hot spots”, areas that are touched often. Some of these areas include; light switches, doorknobs, elevator buttons, rails e.t.c need to be disinfected more often as these areas accumulate germs easily and could be easily spread to other places. However other none obvious places should not be neglected.
7) Hard Facts: If the water you intend to use for cleaning is hard water, check the label of the viricidal for hard water tolerance, to ensure they will still be effective after being diluted. Also, check for specific disinfectants that may be a good mix with hard water.
Knowing the right viricidal to use is as important as knowing how to apply it when cleaning or applying on surfaces that need disinfecting. When you educate yourself and your staff on how to properly and correctly use viricidal, a crisis can be averted and sanitary success will be guaranteed.
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