The role of barrier protection in justified disinfectant
Standard disinfectant works by killing a pathogen/virus on contact. The disinfectant is sprayed on the surface to achieve sanitisation. The issue with this method is that once the disinfectant dries, the surface will start to become contaminated again. The only way to ensure that surfaces remain completely free of pathogens is to continuously apply which is costly and in many cases inpractical It has been shown that a disinfected surface can return to its original level of contamination (in terms of microbial load) within 2.5 hours.
The case for Antimicrobial Surface or “barrier” Protection.
An Antimicrobial solution works completely differently. Surfaces are coated with the solution and once the coating has dried, it forms an invisible layer of “nanospikes” that penetrate and destroy cell membranes, creating a protective barrier against pathogens. This prevents the surface becoming re-contaminated, as the pathogens cannot “live” on the barrier surface.
Prevention is better than cure. Disinfectant “cures” the problem by killing pathogens that are living on the surface. However, if a surface has been coated with Antimicrobial surface protection, the pathogen/virus is killed on impact.
The benefit of this is longer lasting protection for your outlet, reducing the need to continually disinfect touch points and surfaces, which not only saves on chemical costs but also greatly reduces the extra time required to continually clean.
By introducing barrier protection into your cleaning procedures you will be able to reduce the use of disinfectant whilst reducing significantly the risk of infection by touch.