Especially now, while the world is still in the clutches of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people are on the hunt for the ideal disinfectant. In their quest, they may come across a 24-hour disinfectant. While a long-lasting disinfecting product has obvious appeal, it’s important to understand how these products must be applied in order to work effectively, as well as the negative repercussions of using them. Is a 24-hour disinfectant the right product for you?
How Does a 24-Hour Disinfectant Work?
In order for 24-hour disinfectant products to work, they must create a protective barrier on surfaces. This shield coheres the bacteria-fighting ingredients to the surface. Typically, the product will initially kill some bacteria and viruses and then the barrier will continue killing bacteria (not viruses) for up to 24 hours. You must review the product’s label or website to know which viruses and bacteria it will kill and when it will kill them. Sometimes the barrier will remain effective even if it is touched or contacted.
To achieve any claims of 24-hour sanitation, you must follow the product’s directions exactly. If the label says to spray the product 6-8″ from the surface, check that you’re actually that close. If it says the product only works on nonporous, non-food contact surfaces, don’t spray it on your couch and countertops. If it says to spray until the surface is thoroughly wet, you’ll need to apply more than a light mist. Any variations from the instructions may reduce the product’s effectiveness.
The Disadvantages of 24-Hour Disinfectants
No Residual Protection Against Viruses
First, it’s important to note that despite their name, 24-hour disinfectants don’t always provide 24-hour residual protection against viruses. They may initially kill certain viruses on the surface, but they won’t continue killing viruses for hours after application. The protective barrier may be effective against certain bacteria for 24 hours, when used as directed.
Barrier Must Be Cleaned Off Between Uses
The protective barrier created by 24-hour disinfectants won’t disappear on its own. If you don’t clean the surface between uses, the layers of product will form a residue. Although the product label explains that the surface must be cleaned before application, many customers ignore the instruction or assume it’s unnecessary to clean between treatments.
May Leave Behind a Sticky Film
Although some customers barely notice the protective shield left behind by 24-hour disinfectants, others dislike the sticky film. This effect varies from product to product and customer to customer, but it’s something to keep in mind if you haven’t yet tried a 24-hour disinfectant. In addition, they may not be safe for use on children’s toys or surfaces that come into contact with food. Why? If a product leaves behind a residue, that residue could be accidentally ingested – by humans (especially children) or animals. If you have young kids or pets that like to put toys and other random items in their mouths, disinfectant residue may present a valid health concern.
Be sure to read the product label carefully and follow all instructions to ensure that you’re using the product safely and effectively.
Cannot Be Used on All Surfaces
Were you planning to purchase a 24-hour disinfectant with the intention of spraying it around your entire house or office? Think again. These products are typically designed to be used on nonporous surfaces only, so you’ll need to avoid fabrics (clothing, upholstered furniture, curtains, etc.).
Another Option: The SafeSpace Disinfectant & Deodorizing Mist
If you explore the pros and cons of 24-hour disinfectants and decide they’re not for you, what other options do you have? You might want to consider the SafeSpace Disinfectant & Deodorizing Mist. Effective and easy to use, the Disinfectant & Deodorizing Mist is designed to be used in highly trafficked spaces (homes, offices, breakrooms, gyms, schools, etc.) on frequently touched items (doorknobs, countertops, workstations, etc.). After cleaning the space, apply the Disinfectant & Deodorizing Mist as the last step in your cleaning process to kill 99.9 percent of surface germs. One 16.5-ounce can treats approximately 1,200 square feet, which is about the size of an average home or one-forth of a basketball court.
Unlike some 24-hour disinfectants, you don’t need to wipe the area after application. The ultra-fine mist will dry within 10 minutes and leave behind no residue. Plus, the Disinfectant & Deodorizing Mist comes with an Easy Misting Handle that easily attaches to the top of the can, allowing you to lightly squeeze the full-grip handle to release the mist. This handle is comfortable for all users, including those who suffer from hand and wrist issues, like arthritis or carpal tunnel. Many users actually say it’s fun to use!
If you’re interested in learning more, check out the Disinfectant & Deodorizing Mist in our online store.
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