Electrostatic Disinfection Cleaning service. Man dressed in uniform in a special suit with equipment with electrostatic spray conducts disinfection

Contributed by Servi-Tek Facility Solutions

Over the past two years, electrostatic sprayers have boomed in demand as an efficient way to disinfect key touchpoints and keep facilities safe for occupants. While its effectiveness on a wide range of surfaces can make it valuable tool, it’s important for cleaning teams to understand how it works, cost considerations, and the best facilities for using it. 

What is electrostatic disinfection?

Electrostatic spraying or disinfection is a process of spraying an electrostatically charged mist onto surfaces and objects. The electrostatic sprayer is electrically charged, allowing the specialized solution and disinfectants to wrap around and evenly coat all types of surfaces. Designed to kill germs, bacteria, and different types of viruses. It’s a safe, timesaving, effective, and touchless application, which means zero cross-contamination.

How does it work?

Electrostatic sprayers use positively charged atomized particles to make disinfecting chemicals electromagnetically cling to targeted negative surfaces.bIt uses an electrode inside the sprayer to atomize the cleaning solution. The particles exit the nozzle in the form of a spray which clings around all touchpoints it can find. For example, no matter from which angle you use it for the disinfection of surfaces, the droplets created by the electrostatic sprayer make the disinfectant stick to areas such as chairs, under tables, or desks. Although easy to apply, well-trained personnel is essential for the optimal application process and the safety of the staff.

How much does it cost?

The cost typically depends on the type of facility and square footage of the area which requires treatment. In the long-term, electrostatic disinfection protects businesses against costly financial issues associated with contagious healthcare infections and reduces costs associated with supplying effective disinfectant solutions.

Is it effective against COVID-19?

It depends, as it does not, in itself, kill COVID 19 or the Coronavirus. The disinfectant utilized in conjunction with this technology must be on the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Registered Antimicrobial Products for Use Against Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, the Cause of COVID-19, typically referred to as List N. This combination, when properly applied, will be effective against COVID-19 spread.

But keep in mind that it is an excellent solution to use during the disinfection process, as a high-quality sanitizing agent. The technology is also highly effective for infection prevention against other contagious viruses, such as Aids, Influenza, HIV, and MRSA.

What types of properties are best suited for electrostatic disinfection?

This process is perfect for varied property-types, including but not limited to office buildings, healthcare facilities, shopping centers, industrial parks, condominiums, educational institutions, as well as governmental and hospitality projects. It also reaches a vast number of areas highly covered by bacteria, otherwise hardly accessible to standard cleaning methods, by applying a uniform, solid coating to any surface.

It is heavily used in healthcare facilities as a safe and efficient process in the virus infection control programs, offering a touch-free cleaning process, therefore limiting the spread of any bacteria.

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