Almost every environment on the planet contains bacteria and microorganisms. You might be surprised to learn that on one square inch of skin there are more than 600,000 bacteria. Most are harmless to humans. But disease-causing organisms – called pathogens – can be dangerous or even deadly!
Using the right types of disinfectants regularly on surfaces throughout your facility is critical in helping prevent the spread of colds, Flu, and other sicknesses. Since there are many types of disinfectants on the market, it’s important to understand how they work – including their pros and cons- in order to make an informed decision on how to best disinfect and protect your facility and the people in it.
Disinfectants are chemical agents applied to non-living objects in order to destroy bacteria, viruses, fungi, mold or mildews living on the objects. By definition, disinfectant formulas must be registered with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The “active ingredient” in each disinfectant formula is what kills pathogens, usually by disrupting or damaging their cells. Active ingredients are usually aided by other ingredients with various purposes. For example, surfactants can be added to a disinfectant formula to provide consistent wetting on a surface or to help in cleaning.