Surface Disinfectants for Professional Surface Disinfection
Surface disinfectants are an important element of hygiene management within the healthcare sector. Because pathogens can survive for months on various surfaces, it is important to carry out regular disinfection in order to prevent germ transmission to the personnel or patients. Surfaces that are regularly touched by many people, such as door handles or light switches, are the most contaminated with germs and can lead to the transmission of infectious diseases. Surface disinfection is done with the help of special surface disinfectants or disinfectant cleaners which can contain varying ingredients.
As a rule, disinfectant cleaners are bactericides, virucides and fungicides. Depending on requirements, they can either come as a ready-made disinfectant or concentrate for individually creating the disinfectant solution. For quickly determining the correct amount of concentrate, a special dosage table for disinfectants can help.
While surface disinfectants once mostly contained aldehyde and, therefore, were hazardous to health, today they are predominantly available as aldehyde-free disinfectants. In recent years, disinfecting tissues have become increasingly popular, as they provide simple, safe germ removal. One differentiates between ready-made disinfecting wipes that are already soaked with a surface disinfectant and tissue systems that are soaked by the user with disinfectant solution.
Ready-Made Surface Disinfectants & Concentrates
Depending on size and reachability of the surface to be disinfected, surface disinfection can either by done by spraying or by wiping. When possible, however, wipe disinfection is preferred because this method not only ensures full coverage of the surface, but it also avoids aerosol build-up that can lead to respiratory issues in the user.
Many disinfectants that are meant for treating surfaces can be used for quick disinfection, based on their short time of efficacy. The frequency of surface disinfection depends on the risk of infection and can vary from room to room.
Treatment rooms where dressings could be changed, for example, require disinfection more often than in consultation rooms where no treatments are proceeded. In order to achieve efficient germ reduction, it is important to carefully study the usage information for each surface disinfectant. The required exposure time must be precisely observed, especially for spray or wipe disinfection, in order to reliably kill germs and so as not to provoke development of a resistance.
- Odour - when disinfecting between patients, a disinfectant with a subtle odour should be used so that the room does not need to be aired out
- Spectrum of efficacy - areas seeing close, consistent patient contact should be cleaned with a surface disinfectant that has the widest possible spectrum of efficacy and a high virus efficacy, e.g. in infant wards or intensive care stations
- Material compatibility - not every surface disinfectant may be used with every material. For example, alcohol-sensitive surfaces like acrylic glass can be treated with a quaternary, ammonium-compound-based disinfectant
- Application method - for easy to reach surfaces (e.g. exam tables), wipe disinfection is recommended, whereas spray disinfectants are suited for difficult-to-reach places
Surface Disinfecting Wipes as an Alternative to Disinfectants
Recently, quick disinfection of medical products by means of ready-made disinfecting wipes ("tissues") is becoming more and more popular in general practices and therapy offices. These disinfecting tissues are soaked with a surface disinfectant and can be removed from a dispenser box, as needed. By using practical disinfecting wipes, it is no longer necessary to create a disinfectant solution. The dispensers have an air-tight-sealing lid that keeps the wipes from drying out, even over a longer timeframe. Many manufacturers offer systems that consist of a refillable dispenser and refillable wipes that can be soaked with a suitable surface disinfectant or disinfectant cleaner.
A Large Selection of Surface Disinfectants
Regular and correctly proceeded disinfection with a suitable surface disinfectant protects against the occurrence of cross-contaminations and infectious transmissions, representing an important element of practice or hospital hygiene. In our online shop, you can purchase affordable surface disinfectants and disinfectant cleaners from renowned brands and manufacturers, such as Bacillol, Desomed, Meliseptol or Kohrsolin, either in a canister or in a spray bottle. In addition to diverse surface disinfection products, you will also find the proper medical gloves and comprehensive hand sanitisers for personal skin protection, within our assortment.