How to apply sanitary disinfectants?

In the same way that it is important to choose a sanitary disinfectant correctly, it is also important to study how we apply it to obtain the desired effect.

In previous articles we explained that the performance of sanitary disinfectants varies depending on their composition.
We also distinguished the function of each of them according to the area of ​​application. Thus, for higher risk areas, we will require more aggressive sanitizers than those used for low risk areas.

This also happens with their application. That is, the areas of greatest risk need greater contact or impregnation in the sanitary disinfectant, while the low-risk areas or generic surfaces accept a more superficial application.

Thus, we will distinguish three different application methods for sanitary disinfectants: friction, immersion and vaporization.
Sanitary disinfection by friction, for low risk areas.
Sanitary disinfection by immersion, for high-risk areas.
Sanitary disinfection by vaporization, for surfaces.

Sanitary disinfection by friction, for low risk areas
Friction allows the disinfectant to be distributed evenly over the surface in question.
For this method there are different options, ranging from impregnating the cloths, preferably non-woven fabric, in the disinfectant solution, to using wipes that are already previously impregnated.
There are also sprays that facilitate the preparation of the disinfectant solution.
The friction technique is used primarily for the disinfection of low-risk or intermediate-risk areas, although in some specific cases, it can also be used for disinfection of high-risk areas.

Sanitary disinfection by immersion, for high-risk areas

The disinfection by immersion causes the disinfectant to act more directly on the element to be disinfected, since it is completely covered.

For the disinfection by immersion it is especially important to study the dilutions of the product, as well as the time of action necessary for the disinfectant to take effect.

This technique is mainly used for high level disinfection or high risk areas. It is a good option for disinfection of surgical tools, although sterilization is always recommended.

Sanitary disinfection by vaporization, for surfaces

Vapor disinfection is one of the most recently created techniques. Above all, as regards devices or devices that perform the vaporization action automatically.

In many cases, it is a very valid option for disinfection of high-risk areas, although as a general rule, this technique is mostly used on surfaces.

In any of the three cases, it is very important to consult specifically the indications of the manufacturer of the disinfectant to ensure that the dilutions and application times are correct and, therefore, achieve the expected results.