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The Role of Disinfectants

We’ve been hearing a lot about disinfectants lately. Wipes and sprays are in high demand and frequently recommended for protecting us from illnesses like the novel coronavirus. But what are they and what do they do?

Cleaning is a great way to remove dirt and germs from surfaces. Disinfectants go a step further and kill the germs on that surface. They work best on hard, non-porous surfaces and can dramatically lower the risk for spreading infection.

When using a disinfectant, you’ll need to clean first, then apply the product and give it time to work. The surface needs to stay wet for the entire time indicated on the product label; this is called contact time. For more information on proper disinfection technique, see our Coronavirus resource page.

It’s National Safety Month, and a good time for a reminder that these products should be used and stored with care. Don’t mix them with other cleaning products and find a place to store them that’s up and out of sight of children.

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