What is Electrostatic Disinfection?

Disinfecting large areas in your commercial facility can be time-consuming and require a lot of labor from your cleaning staff. Read this article to learn whether electrostatic disinfection is the right no-touch disinfection method for disinfecting surfaces in your building.

Creating a clean, sanitary environment for you and the people in your building is an important task for any facility manager. 

Manually cleaning the various surfaces in your building can create very long cleaning times, making it hard for your janitorial team to complete other tasks in your building.

To combat long cleaning times, your janitorial staff can use an electrostatic disinfectant sprayer to disinfect the surfaces in your building.

In this article, we’ll explain what electrostatic disinfection is and how you and your staff can use electrostatic disinfection in your facility to reduce the chance of spreading illness-causing germs.

What is Electrostatic Disinfection?

Electrostatic disinfection is the process of spraying a disinfectant chemical on a surface or object in your facility using an electrostatic sprayer.

When using an electrostatic sprayer, your cleaning staff can apply disinfectant faster, using fewer chemicals, and achieving an even coating.

As a result, large areas that are disinfected using an electrostatic sprayer are treated more efficiently and economically.

How does Electrostatic Disinfection Work?

Electrostatic disinfectant sprayers are able to deliver uniform, 360-degree wraparound coverage by applying either a positive or negative charge to the disinfectant chemical.

Since most surfaces have a neutral charge, the charged particles that are dispelled from the sprayers are attracted to them. 

Applying a disinfectant using an electrostatic sprayer allows for thorough coverage since the droplets are attracted to the surface while repelling droplets of disinfectant. This means that if an area has already been coated with disinfectant, the chemical will travel to new areas or surfaces that haven’t yet been coated by disinfectant.

What Disinfectants Can Be Applied Electrostatically?

It is important to note that not all disinfectant chemicals can be applied electrostatically, and not every electrostatic sprayer is compatible with the same disinfectant. 

Some manufacturers, like Victory Innovations and Clorox, have outlined the different types of disinfectant chemicals that can be used with their electrostatic sprayers.

When choosing a disinfectant to use with an electrostatic sprayer, you should double-check the product manufacturer’s instructions for compatibility with the device you’re using.

You should also check that you can achieve the required dwell time using an electrostatic disinfection sprayer.

If you use the wrong chemical in your sprayer, you could risk inadequate surface coverage and reduced disinfection caused by the disinfectant not being able to hold the electrical charge. 

Where Can Electrostatic Disinfection Be Used?

Electrostatic disinfection is most effective when used in areas like:

  • Educational facilities
  • Healthcare settings
  • Hotels
  • Airports
  • Restaurants
  • Athletic Facilities
  • & other facilities that require frequent disinfection

You can also use this technology to clean hard-to-reach areas and crevices that would otherwise be ignored.

WARNING: When using an electrostatic sprayer in a food service or food preparation facility, you should use extreme caution. An electrostatic sprayer shouldn’t be used when food and other items are out and can come into contact with the chemical disinfectant.

You should also be cautious when using an electrostatic sprayer in an area where children commonly spend time.

What Types Of Electrostatic Disinfection Devices Are Available?

Imperial Dade provides a variety of electrostatic devices to help you and your cleaning staff achieve effective and efficient disinfection in your facility.

We can provide your facility with our two top-rated electrostatic devices that will make disinfecting the surfaces in your facility easier and less time consuming:

  1. Victory Innovations® Electrostatic Sprayer
  2. Clorox® Electrostatic Sprayer

Victory Innovations® Electrostatic Sprayer

The Victory Innovations® Electrostatic Sprayer is designed to cover more surfaces in your facility while saving your cleaning team time and labor.

Size: 

The Victory Electrostatic Sprayer comes in either a 5 lb handheld sprayer with a 1L capacity or a 10lb backpack sprayer with an 8.52 L capacity.

Depending on the size of the area being cleaned, you can choose between the handheld and the backpack sprayer. 

If you have to disinfect an area that has a lot of obstacles and furniture, you will benefit more from the handheld sprayer while disinfecting an open area will be easier with a backpack sprayer. 

Chemical Compatibility:

Victory Innovations sprayers are designed to use a range of disinfectant chemicals, including peroxide and chlorinated tablets. However, the manufacturer doesn’t sell disinfectants specifically for use with the sprayer.

That means the chemicals you use can be tailored to meet the budget and infection prevention needs of your specific facility. 

For your preferred disinfectant chemical, you will need to confirm with the chemical manufacturer the disinfectant is suitable for electrostatic spray application and is effective against the target pathogens.

Power Source: 

The Victory Electrostatic Sprayers are cordless, lithium-ion battery-powered electrostatic sprayers. A cordless sprayer offers you and your cleaning team increased mobility without the risk of tripping on a power cord.

Optimal Spray Distance:

The handheld sprayer is best used at a distance of 2-4 feet for the best disinfectant coverage, while the backpack sprayer has an optimal spray distance of 2-6 feet.

Run Time: 

Both of these models have a 4-hour run time on a single charge and a 90-minute battery charge time.

Clorox Electrostatic Sprayer

The Clorox Total 360 provides a uniform surface coverage and kills illness-causing germs from surfaces in your building.

Size: 

The Clorox Electrostatic Sprayer comes in either the 33.8-ounce handheld TurboPro™ model or the Total 360 electrostatic cart that is compatible with the Clorox 128 fl. oz. disinfectant products.

Chemical Compatibility: 

The Total 360 system should only be used with Clorox’s line of disinfectant chemicals. These products range from cleaner disinfectants to sanitizers. 

The TurboPro™ can be used with any compatible disinfectant chemicals that work with an electrostatic sprayer and have EPA approval for application by electrostatic spray devices.

Power Source:

The handheld TurboPro™ sprayer has a rechargeable battery, while the Total 360 cart system is corded and can only be used as far as the cord will allow the system to go.

A corded electrostatic sprayer is able to maintain a consistent charge during use, which is key to making sure that the disinfectant can achieve a full 360 degree wrap on surfaces and objects.

Optimal Spray Distance:

The TurboPro handheld sprayer should be held between 2-3 feet from the surfaces being sprayed. The Total 360 cart sprayer should be used between 2-4 feet away from the surfaces being treated.

Run Time:

The total 360 system is corded, so it will run as long as it’s plugged into an outlet. 

The TurboPro™ can run for 4 hours on a single charge.


Final Thoughts

Electrostatic disinfection is a great option for any facility that needs to complete high-volume surface disinfection. It also works great for any facility that may deal with hard-to-reach spaces or objects that are not easily disinfected by hand because of the object shape or fixture surface area. 

With an electrostatic sprayer, you and your cleaning staff will be able to apply disinfectant chemicals to various areas in your building faster and use less labor and chemicals.

If you’re located in the United States, Puerto Rico, the Caribbean, or Canada, contact one of our Imperial Dade sales consultants to learn more about how electrostatic disinfection can benefit your facility. Our specialists can help match you with the best products and equipment for your business’s specific needs.

Author: Imperial Dade

Imperial Dade is the leading independent distributor of foodservice packaging, industrial packaging, janitorial supplies and equipment in the United States. We serve over 80,000 customers nationwide. To learn how we can help your business thrive, contact us today!

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