Disinfectant Sprayers – Choosing the Right Type For the Job

Disinfectant sprayers, also called biocides and germicidal sprays, are devices that kill micro-organisms and clean up messes in a commercial or residential setting. These devices are a combination of an electrostatic charge and a bactericidal or antifungal agent. They can be activated either by physical shock, chemical shock, or electronic impulse. They contain agents that act as both a preventative and a curative measure for many types of infectious organisms, including bacteria, fungi, viruses, and other pathogens.

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There are two types of disinfectant sprayers: the permeable and the non-permeable variety. The permeable type dispenses a fine mist that contains active ingredients over an extended period of time. It must, however, be regularly cleaned using soap and water and a disinfectant sprayer cleaner. In addition, it may be required to utilize a droplet size that is one or more squares of a specific size to cover the entire area to be treated. Generally, the smaller droplets are used in single or double applications to attain better coverage without added effort.

The non-permeable variety of disinfectant sprayers are portable and lightweight and are designed for use while cleaning with liquids and oils. The most common is the standard handheld electrostatic sprayer that has a twenty-four hour life span and can be easily stored in a standard backpack. Other options include the electrostatic wrist watch, the electric massaging tool, and the hand held double port static/electrostatic brush and rags. All require frequent cleaning and maintenance to ensure that they will provide the best service for the longest amount of time.

Some disinfectant sprayers deliver a positive charge to the microbes that are causing the contamination instead of a static charge. A positive charge is known as a “hot” charge and is designed to penetrate the biological matter to destroy spores, germs, and other contaminants. The negative charge introduced by some types of edits does not penetrate the material and should only be used when directed against an area where it is known to be infectious.

The handheld variety of disinfectant sprayer produces a fine mist that is fifteen inches in diameter and over fifteen feet in length. This product offers excellent coverage against biological contaminants and is ideal for application on jobsites and clean indoor environments where sanitation is necessary. Using a total 360 degree sprayer can sanitize a wide range of surfaces from floors to storage bins to shipping containers.

A more affordable option than other forms of disinfectant sprayers is the portable hot tub style device. These models deliver a powerful sanitizing solution in a single gallon container and can go anywhere you like to get the job done. They are easy to use with a handheld wand or can be held in hand and sprayed using the same aerosol button that goes into your sanitizing bottle. The key feature to consider when purchasing this type of unit is the hot water droplet design. This droplet will go out at a maximum of thirty feet and will need a full day’s hot water cover or liner to remain effective.

Electrostatic Disinfection Sprayers are designed to eliminate all biological contaminants without the use of chemicals or contact with surfaces. This sanitizing method sprays positively charged particles down surfaces to destroy microorganisms and bacteria. The high voltage of an ESD system allows it to work well with a variety of surface materials and will not damage any plastics or metal. With a traditional sanitizing solution, a negatively charged surface would accumulate bacteria and microorganisms over time which would require additional chemicals to prevent the build-up. Electrostatic spraying does not have this problem because the charged particles will stick to one another and do their work in just minutes.

A final option to consider is a Biocompatible Coatings. This coating can be applied to new or old equipment and can work to protect against corrosion from airborne particles as well as rust. The sprayer will create an electrostatic charge on whatever it is spraying which will adhere to the surface and help to stop corrosion. These options are becoming more common as more Facilities and industries choose to go with these eco-friendly products.