It’s 2021! Everything is back to normal and we can all safely return to our posts at our office or workplace, right? If only this was true! While the vaccine is being distributed and we are continuing to learn more about the virus every day, organizations must constantly work to improve their health and safety standards within their workplace to keep their employees safe.

As a business supplier one trend we were keeping our eye on even prior to the rise of COVID-19 was electric & electrostatic disinfecting using misters and sprayers. Within the workplace misting was becoming a bigger trend in the commercial cleaning space. When paired with a disinfectant bearing effective claims against COVID-19 like Betco’s Fight Back peroxide cleaner or NCL’s Avistat D (which now demonstrate effectiveness against germs in just 1 minute), these mobile sprayers and misters more efficiently disinfect all high-touch areas within a workplace. Surfaces once deemed as difficult to reach by hand are more consistently effectively sanitized with misting.

It is imperative to read the label of the product to understand what the disinfectant is effective against, like bacteria and viruses such as COVID-19. Follow application instructions carefully, especially the dwell time the chemicals need to destroy these harmful pathogens.

To use these devices, one simply stands approximately 2–4 feet away from a surface and sprays or “mists” using a side-to-side motion, ensuring all desired areas are covered with disinfectant. Users are not required to wipe surfaces down after misting but may wish to wipe certain surfaces such as glass or a mirror in order to remove visible residue. Your choice of spraying units can range from simple handheld misters to larger units like the Tornado Vapor (pictured to the left) or the Minuteman DS2.

Also available are electrostatic sprayers which apply a positive charge to liquid disinfectants as they pass through the device’s nozzle. The positively charged disinfectant is attracted to negatively charged surfaces, which creates an efficient coating of the disinfectant on hard nonporous surfaces. 

The CDC recommends cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces daily including desks, phones, tables, keyboards, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, toilets, faucets, and sinks. These misters and sprayers are a great way to cover more ground with less of a demand on your staff.

It may be difficult to imagine this trend if you have not seen or demoed one of these units yourself, so check out our video on some of our available models. We are just scratching the surface on this great trend!

Have more questions? Be sure to reach out to your local W.B. Mason Representative!

Sources

1. U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. “Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility”, Center for Disease Control & Prevention, 28 April 2020, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/disinfecting-building-facility.html. Accessed 4 January 2021.

2. United States Environmental Protection Agency. EPA takes action to help Americans disinfect indoor spaces efficiently and effectively“, 07 July 2020, https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-takes-action-help-americans-disinfect-indoor-spaces-efficiently-and-effectively. Accessed 4 January 2021.

3. Centers for Disease and Control Prevention. “Guidance for Businesses and Employers Responding to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)” 31 December 2020, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-business-response.html. Accessed 4 January 2021.