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Despite this, little has changed in the infection control industry, with rags, wipes, buckets and mops still being relied on, despite the fact that they typically only reach 25% of room surfaces.
The inconsistencies of ‘wipe down’ disinfecting practices very often result in areas of incomplete sanitisation and subsequent cross contamination of ‘cleaned’ areas. This results in significant absenteeism through illness, and according to Forbes Magazine, the loss of productivity costs American businesses over $575 billion dollars every year.
Pathogenic microbes such as virus, fungi, and pathogenic bacteria are the main cause of airborne or direct contact diseases. Studies show the application of disinfectants and biocides via aerosol or fogging significantly reduces the number of infectious pathogens.
Compared to conventional sprayers, Ultra Low Volume cold fogging and Electrostatic spraying technology is proven to provide much more effective application of disinfectant. This is because conventional sprayers spray larger droplet sizes between 100-200 microns, which don’t fully cover the whole area being sprayed. ULV fogging on the other hand works by compressing disinfectants through a specially designed nozzle, producing a fine mist or aerosol of micro droplets of 5-50 microns that float in the air for around 10 minutes after application, reaching the most inaccessible areas where conventional spraying or cleaning cant reach.
Electrostatic misting is regarded as the ultimate touchless disinfection system, with the sprayer emitting a positively charged mist which when sprayed at negatively charged surface (most surfaces are either negative or neutral), rather than floating in the air, the charged particles will have an attraction up to 75 times that of gravity and will be attracted to the surface and wrap around it encapsulating it with 3D coverage. This process allows greater coverage with less passes, making it 70% faster while using 65% less chemical than traditional sprayers.