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12 May 2016 | Updated 01 January 1970

The Canadian owned Amor has issued a warning that many cleaning professionals now select ‘cleaner-disinfectants’ when performing cleaning tasks tackling facility germ centres, e.g. restrooms, desktops, high-touch areas, food service areas etc. However, it argues the way they use these products may actually make them ineffective because they erroneously hold the view that these products can both clean and disinfect all in one step.

"This is not correct and can have serious health repercussions," warned Paul Goldin, Vice President, Avmor, provider of professional cleaning in Canada, parts of North America and Europe. "Using a cleaner-disinfectant is always a two-step process."

Goldin went on to state that the surface must be cleaned first (often referred to as a ‘pre-cleaning’) and then cleaned a second time and it is the second step that disinfects the area being cleaned and the actual soils on the surface had to be removed first.

When using and selecting cleaner-disinfectants, the advice is:

  • Select a high quality product designed to kill a broad spectrum of bacteria and viruses on hard and non-porous surfaces.

  • If there are any particular bacteria or virus of concern, be sure the product label mentions these, that the product is proven effective against them.

  • Read the label and be aware of the cleaner-disinfectant's dwell time as this can vary with different products.

  • The cleaner-disinfectant must remain wet on the surface. If it dries, the cleaner-disinfectant should be reapplied.

“If cleaning professionals read the spec sheets or technical data sheets that accompany these products, this 'pre-cleaning' step invariably will be mentioned,” observed Goldin. “But unfortunately, many cleaning workers do not read spec sheets and because of this, distributors should always point this two-step process out to their clients.”

Picture: The latest advice from Amor is that cleaning must be regarded as a two-part process 


Article written by Cathryn Ellis | Published 12 May 2016


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