Clean, Sanitize, Disinfect
“Cleaning high-touch surfaces frequently and thoroughly can help prevent the spread of infectious diseases”. You may have heard this statement in the last couple of months, or probably heard it many times! The proper cleaning and Disinfection of “high-touch surfaces” or “frequent touch surfaces” regularly is very important in fighting against the spread of infection in any home or facility. Your cleaning and disinfection SHOULD NOT STOP there! Harmful viruses and germs DO NOT just land on “high touch point surfaces”, they can be anywhere! By ONLY treating “high touch point surfaces” you are leaving up to 70% – 80% of surfaces in your home or facility untouched, or if cleaned then not treated for germs. But before discussing proper disinfecting protocols lets define the terms and the proper steps:
Step 1. Cleaning
Step 2. Either sanitizing or disinfecting
So what are the differences between these three methods?
Cleaning is the physical removal of debris or foreign material from a surface. Debris and foreign materials can compromise the effectiveness of a disinfectant or sanitizer.
Sanitization is the reduction of surface-level microorganisms at a 99.9% effective rate, as determined safe by public health codes or regulations. Sanitizers generally have fewer kill claims compared to disinfectants and some require no rinsing. They usually have a shorter contact time than disinfectants, around 30 to 60 seconds. Sanitizers are preferred in food manufacturing facilities, food prep areas, restaurant tables, etc.
Disinfection is the destruction or elimination of microorganisms on a surface. Disinfectants kill disease-causing bacteria. Some also destroy viruses and fungi in between a two to ten minute contact time. The EPA requires this level of effectiveness for all disinfectants, including SNiPER Hospital Disinfectant, which is also listed on the EPA and CDC list of products to combat the spread of human coronavirus.
The main way a user can determine if their product is approved is to match the EPA Reg. No. on their product to a number on List N.
An important point to remember is that there are likely many products not on list that are effective against COVID-19. (This is actually mentioned on the EPA list). An important point to mention is the ability to implement an effective protocol with the disinfectant.
As previously mentioned it is important to clean and disinfect “High touch surfaces or frequent contact surfaces” (For all disinfection applications, users should read and follow the directions for use section of the label). But treatment process of your home or facility should NOT stop there. When you are fighting against the spread of infection in ANY facility the more surface treatment the better. As defined above, some surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected (Hard-Non Porous) some may just be sanitized but better treat and clean than not at all.
This is where SNiPER™ provides the most benefit when compared to other chemicals. As shown on our SDS, SNiPER ™ has the lowest toxicity rating on all routes of exposure, non-corrosive and non-damaging to surfaces, emits no harsh chemical fumes to the indoor environment. Without all the abrasive and negative chemical side effects SNiPER ™can be sprayed on to virtually every surface and thus providing better protection against the spread of infection and reducing the rate of cross contamination of surfaces (where a cleaned / disinfected surfaces becomes contaminated after someone touches a non-treated surfaces then touches the “disinfected surfaces thus cross-contaminating the previously disinfected surface(s)).
SNiPER™ has demonstrated effectiveness against viruses similar to SARS-CoV-2 on hard, non-porous surfaces. Therefore, SNiPER™ can be used against SARS-CoV-2 when used in accordance with the directions for use against Canine Parvovirus ATCC VR-953 on hard, non-porous surfaces.