Frequently Asked Questions
I want to make sure my disinfectant performs as it should. What factors affect how well a disinfectant works?
There are six main factors listed below with a short description of each:
- Concentration – this is dilution rate. Proper dilution is very important. Read label for complete dilution directions.
- Contact Time – for quats, this is very important and is discussed more thoroughly above. For other disinfectants, such as bleach, contact time is not very critical.
- pH – certain disinfectants work best under acidic conditions (bleach) and others work best under alkaline conditions (quats).
- Temperature – certain disinfectants work best in cold water (bleach). Most, like quats, work best in warm water.
- Soil Load – quats and other disinfectants do not know the difference between soil and bacteria. That is why heavy soil should be removed before disinfecting. See explanation above for more details.
- Organism Type – not all disinfectants work on all types of organisms. When in doubt, read the product label for a complete list.
Found In: Disinfectants