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How Well Do You Know Disinfectants?

9/18/2020 (Permalink)

Not all disinfectants are created equal. Some are not safe to use around food. Some are not safe to use around children. Some require different levels of PPE (personal protective equipment) such as gloves or a respirator. Some have to be applied to surfaces in amounts sufficient to keep the surface wet for 15 minutes or more. Some have harmful chemicals in them. 

When COVID-19 made its way to the US, cleaning products disappeared from the shelves of stores everywhere. People were buying up whatever they could find. The EPA list of approved products to use in the fight against SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19 was long and often confusing to understand. Distilleries and other factories began producing disinfectants and hand sanitizers. 

With school back in session, teachers and daycare facilities are getting donations of disinfectant products to use in their classrooms. This is a thoughtful and generally appreciated gift, but these products should not be used until the SDS (Safety Data Sheet) information has been reviewed thoroughly as well as the directions.

SERVPROXIDE is a product created in the SERVPRO lab (yes, we have our own team of chemists). It is an EPA registered hospital grade disinfectant. SERVPROXIDE carries the EPA’s lowest toxicity rating. This product is safe for everyday use. SERVPROXIDE is a stabilized chlorine dioxide based antimicrobial, which means it fights mold as well as harmful germs and bacteria. 

For more information on SDS sheets, follow the link here.

For more information on the approved list of products used to fight against COVID-19, follow the link here.

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