There are many different types of disinfectants available. When selecting and using disinfectants, always check for the following:
- Does the product have an EPA Registration Number? All disinfectants are required to have an EPA Registration number.
- Is it approved for the task and surface you will use it on?
- Will it damage the surfaces cleaned with it?
- What germs does it kill?
- What is the dilution ratio of the product? (How do I mix it correctly?)
Is it a “one-step” disinfectant-cleaner or a disinfectant that requires you to clean the surface first? (Even when using one-step products you have to pre-clean heavily soiled areas.)
Facts for Choosing Disinfectants
- Not all disinfectants kill all germs.
- A “hospital grade” disinfectant sounds like it kills all sorts of germs, but it is only required to kill two target organisms: Staphylococcus. aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Many identify other germs that they kill as well, but you have to check the label.
- Many infectious diseases found in ECE are caused by viruses. Make sure you choose a product that is effective against viruses.