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How to Choose the Right Disinfectant for Your Business

The top 5 factors to consider when choosing a disinfectant

There’s no shortage of options when it comes to disinfectants. So, how can you help your customers choose the right one for the job at hand? The right disinfectant will keep facilities cleaner, healthier and safer. Check out the top five factors to consider when selecting disinfectants for your Jan San category:

1. Cleaning Requirements

Not all disinfectants are formulated to kill the same viruses and bacteria. In fact, disinfectants have a kill claim that outlines exactly which bacteria they are effective against. Assessing which virus and bacteria pose a risk to your customers’ facility can help them choose a disinfectant that will most effectively eliminate these threats.

Also, different surfaces require different levels of care. Products that will properly disinfect some surfaces may be too harsh for use on others and can be damaging over time. When helping your customers decide which disinfectant to use on a specific surface, recommend that they follow the manufacturer’s instructions for application and use as recommended.

2. Environmental Sustainability

Businesses and facility managers are often looking for ways to reduce their facility’s environmental footprint. Consider stocking disinfectants that are ECOLOGO® certified and meet environmental performance standards, such as Dustbane’s Oxy-Q or Quat Plus disinfectants.

3. Contact or Dwell Time

Contact (or dwell) time is the amount of time a disinfectant must be left on a surface to effectively kill surface bacteria and viruses. Help your customers choose a disinfectant with a contact time that works best for their facility based on their cleaning routine. Always recommend your customers use disinfectants according to their contact time for effective results.

4. Access to Water

Some disinfectants are ready-to-use while others are concentrated and must be diluted with water. Concentrated chemicals require more time to dilute when compared to ready-to-use-disinfectants and require easy access to water. When using concentrated disinfectants, it’s also important to ensure that your customers are aware of how to safely dilute chemicals.

For step-by-step instructions on how to properly clean key facility maintenance areas, download our free Facility Cleaning Guide.

5. Single or Multi-Purpose

Disinfectants can either be single or multi-purpose. A single purpose disinfectant should only be used as directed and will only be effective at eliminating bacteria. In comparison, a multi-purpose disinfectant could also be an effective tool for cleaning or could be used as a degreaser. Not sure which is best for your customers’ needs? Talk to one of our R3 product experts for help choosing the right product to expand your selection.  

Want to learn more about different types of disinfectants? Click here to read Dustbane’s Disinfectant Selection Guide.