When it comes to cleaning surfaces and objects, traditional dry and wet dusting tends to be the first methods that come to mind. While these cleaning techniques are tried and true, they do little more than spread filth around, unless the rags used are washed regularly. Dry dusting kicks up particles, redistributing them into the air and onto other surfaces. Wet dusting can involve harmful cleaning chemicals and make it hard to reach certain spots or objects.
With traditional elbow grease and cleaning solutions, it’s virtually impossible to disinfect every square inch of a surface area in a building. It ends up becoming expensive in terms of labor, but is also a bit unrealistic in terms of the time it takes. Germs and bacteria definitely spread into the harder to reach areas faster than we can clean them away. Colony-forming units of bacteria and viruses are hiding in many areas that we cannot access with traditional cleaning methods and equipment.
Electrostatic spraying technology is a new way to apply cleaners, sanitizers, and disinfectants to help facilities treat surfaces, often in less time and with better coverage than traditional cleaning methods. The technology is well-established, with a history of more than 60 years in other areas, including agriculture, automotive, and tanning industries, but it has only recently been applied to surface disinfection.
What is electrostatic spraying?
In the cleaning and hygiene industry, electrostatic cleaning actually refers to electrostatic disinfecting. While these two terms are often interchanged, in reality, they refer to two very different disinfection processes.
While electrostatic spraying works by charging liquids as they pass through a sprayer nozzle, electrostatic spraying provide no mechanic cleaning action. Which means they do not remove physical debris or soils. Rather, the electrostatic device is used to disinfect mechanically pre-cleaned surfaces.
Once the cleaners, sanitizes, or disinfectants are charged and passed through the sprayer nozzle, this generates charged droplets that repel one another and actively seek out environmental surfaces. They stick to, and even wrap around to coat all sides of surfaces. The result is a uniform coating of sanitizer or disinfectant on sprayed objects, including hard-to-reach areas that traditional cleaning methods can easily miss. This technology also helps avoid liquids from pooling which is often the result of using trigger sprayers.
Why is electrostatic spraying so important?
Imagine this: trying to apply a disinfecting solution to all the nooks and crannies that exist in a hospital, including wheelchairs, walkers, beds, and other, oddly-shaped medical equipment. When disinfecting, you’re looking to have a positive impact on workplace cleanliness as well as the overall health of a facility.
Electrostatic disinfection is the magic methods that healthcare and public infection control has been working towards. Electrostatics provide a step that can now effectively partner with traditional cleaning that facilities use to protect the general public from community-based pathogens. They can also alter operating procedures for facilities that are currently re-vamping infection control programs. Successful infection control programs rely on good processes and ensuring the use of the right tools to manage facility health!
Why is electrostatic spraying so effective?
Harmful pathogens can live on surfaces for days, and can potentially double every TWENTY MINUTES given the right food source and ambient temperature. This provides lots of opportunity to create situations for potential cross-contamination. While traditional cleaning and disinfecting does a great job of managing microbiological load on common touch points, the evolutionary flexibility of modern pathogens is such that we need this strategy to manage the cross-contamination and microbial load in many types of facilities well beyond manual cleaning care. Electrostatic disinfecting provides a broad-spectrum approach to disinfecting a complete surface area and an entire room as the world has never seen before.
If you are ready for your home or work place to achieve the highest level of clean and have our team disinfect the area using the electrostatic spraying method, please do not hesitate to contact our team of professionals who can help see if this is right for you. Call us @ 919-301-8320 for more information and to receive a quote for your residential home, or business space.