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Disinfectants -v- Detergents

On 13th April the EU Council presented a joint European roadmap to lifting Covid-19 containment measures by providing recommendations. The document underlines that cleaning and disinfection operators will be crucial in the implementation of Europe’s COVID-19 exit strategy.

Government instructions and legislative measures for lifting the lockdown, contain similar recommendations; cleaning hygiene, disinfection, and sanitisation are therefore at the centre of the pathway to the New Normal.




Disinfection –v- Detergents

The importance of using the right disinfection cannot be overstated. Certain types of disinfection agents will kill certain pathogenic microorgamism, but not all. Disinfectant agents come in various forms;

  1. Bactericidal
  2. Virucidal
  3. Sporicidal
  4. Fungicidal

For a disinfectant to achieve efficacy it must be applied to a clean surface. If the surface is visibly dirty, soiled, dusty or contaminated with organic matter, this will compromise the efficacy of the disinfectant.

This is where detergents come into play. Detergents will need to be used to remove any organic matter to a surface prior to disinfecting. It has been proven that using a detergent will also contribute to minimising any pathogenic microorganisms by removing them from the surface area.

But let’s be clear…….. detergents do not eliminate or kill microorganisms, they will only remove bio-loads from a surface area. The risk of infection is still present unless the area is then disinfected properly with the correct agent.

If you have any questions, or just need advice in relation to your infection control policy and management please call us on 01483740237 or email to speak to an advisor.