hand sanitizer

Considerations When Choosing a Sanitizer

A surface or even your hands might seem clean, but they might be harboring pathogens in reality. These pathogens can cause and spread infections. That is why you need a sanitizer to help eliminate these pathogens and any other dangerous microorganisms. Many factors determine how an epidemic spreads, but still cleaning and disinfecting using a sanitizer is essential.


Choosing the appropriate sanitizer is key to reducing the chances of outbreaks. In case there is a pandemic like the COVID-19, using a sanitizantes will help reduce the spread and keep facilities clean at the same time. If you are looking for the right sanitizer, then you should consider the following:


Appropriate Contact Time

enough contact time

A good sanitizer is supposed to remain wet until the stated contact time has been achieved. This is to make sure that all the dangerous pathogens on a surface have been ultimately killed. Unfortunately, not all sanitizers remain wet until the contact time has elapsed. Some of them dry up very fast.

Sanitizers with a higher alcohol content or those listed to have a more extended contact period tend to dry up so fast. This means that surfaces can still be infected if the sanitizer is not reapplied. Opt for a sanitizer that does not dry up quickly when applied.


Effect on Assets

Infectious pathogens can be everywhere, including your furnishing and equipment. To get rid of these microorganisms, you have to apply a sanitizer. However, if you do not use the appropriate sanitizer, you might end up damaging these assets. This can cost you a lot in terms of repairing or replacing the damaged items. It is imperative first to determine whether the sanitizer is compatible with the surfaces of your assets before applying.


Safe for the Users

The aim of using a sanitizer is to keep yourself or surfaces free from infections. However, you might think you are doing good only to choose a sanitizer that irritates the eyes and skin and makes people uncomfortable when smelled. This means that majority of your staff will avoid using the sanitizer meaning it will not achieve its intended purpose. Choose a sanitizer that has a reputation for being safe and cause no harm to users.


Ease of Use

Check whether the sanitizer is ready to use, or it has to undergo through some steps before it can be used. A sanitizer has a higher likelihood of being used by your staff if it is easy to use. This means that it should be available in spray form, wipes, or even refillable bottles.