From a surface disinfection standpoint, electrostatic spray technology may seem like the cool new way to disinfect, but in fact, this technology has been widely used in the agriculture and automotive industry for decades. COVID- 19 has created an increased need for fast, effective surface disinfection techniques and electrostatic spray disinfection fills this need by providing 360° touchless disinfection for visibly clean surfaces. 

How does it work? Pure science.

The sprayer applies an electrostatic charge to a disinfecting solution as it exits the nozzle. These charged particles repel each other, but since most surfaces are electrically neutral, the charged particles are attracted to the surface they are being applied to because of the difference in polarity. This electrostatic attraction is what causes the disinfecting solution to cling to the surface of objects with wraparound coverage regardless of the angle from which it is sprayedMoreover, electrostatic spray disinfection is not a replacement for routine disinfection practices, but an additional service to ensure adequate disinfection of entire rooms quickly. It’s important to only apply on surfaces that are free from any visible soils. 

 Use it anywhere

Electrostatic spray disinfection can be used in a range of environments from offices, to gyms, to schools to hospitals. These places often have complex surfaces that need disinfection as well as high-touch areas like keyboards and phones. When used with a compatible disinfectant, electrostatic spray disinfection is safe for electronics and keyboards, as long as it is not applied into case openings or vent holes at close range. 

Why electrostatic spray technology makes good sense

Disinfecting every surface in a fully furnished space can be a challenge; not only would it be costly in terms of labour, the downtime for the space in question may not be possible. Electrostatic spray disinfection is at least five times faster than it would take to disinfect all surfaces using conventional methods and, because of the controlled manner in which the disinfectant is applied, it takes much less chemical to do the job. Products such as the EPIX360, which is distributed by Sani Marc, work with any water-soluble disinfectant and treat surfaces in areas up to 4,000 ft² from a single tankWith any electrostatic sprayeryou must always be sure to choose a disinfectant that is compatible with the surfaces you plan to disinfect. 

Best practices

When opting for electrostatic spray disinfection, there are few things to remember: This technique requires trained operators who are familiar with the process, including pre-cleaningProper PPE for the operator is requiredDirect the spray methodically for even coverage and always allow the contact time indicated on the product label. Lastly, clean the spray system daily as per manufacturer guidelines to ensure consistent and reliable operation. 

Electrostatic spray disinfection is a very fast and comprehensive process. It is less labour intensive, requires less chemicals and is far more efficient than conventional methodswhich makes it an attractive option for a variety of environments and well worth considering when you need to do more with less.