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Spray, Wipe, Spray. -- Wipe?

I’m sure everyone is familiar with the infection control axiom, “spray, wipe, spray”. One must first spray disinfectant onto surfaces to loosen debris and then wipe it away. Finally, spray again to allow the disinfectant adequate contact time to achieve kill. The phrase “adequate contact time” is the key, of course. Most surface disinfectants achieve kill in just a few minutes (or less). Once kill is achieved, the disinfectant is no longer required. Leaving it in place simply provides a greater opportunity for it to harm your equipment. Throughout the work day, it isn’t practical to remove disinfectant but at the end of the day, time should be taken so that your equipment isn’t “fermenting” for a prolonged period. A mild soap and water solution is effective at removing disinfectant residue reducing the harmful impact it can have on your equipment. Most equipment manufacturers have disclaimers in their warranty specifically calling out “damage from disinfectants” stating such damage is not covered. Taking steps to reduce such damage helps protect your equipment investment.


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