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The Key to Proper Disinfection: Dwell Time

Melanie Thomas December 30, 2013 Uncategorized No Comments
The Key to Proper Disinfection:  Dwell Time

Disinfectant cleaners, such as Lysol, Clorox and Ajax, are designed to kill bacteria and germs.  However, the bacteria and germs will not die if you merely spray the disinfectant and immediately wipe the surface.  This process will get the surface clean, but it will not disinfect it.

If you want to properly disinfect a surface, you must allow the disinfectant to dwell, or sit on the surface for a specific amount of time.  Every disinfectant has a proper dwell time.  For example, Clorox wipes have a recommended dwell time of 4 minutes. 

Many cleaners do not follow these instructions and disinfection does not occur.  

Here’s how you properly disinfect a surface:

  • Spray the disinfectant on the surface
  • Allow the disinfectant to sit (read the label for proper dwell time)
  • Wipe off the disinfectant with a clean microfiber cloth

Are you using proper dwell time when you clean?

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