One of the best positive impressions a company can make, especially in a time where people are more concerned than ever with health, is to offer a guarantee of cleanliness and sanitation. Regular surface disinfection is important to ensuring the hygiene of customers and employees alike, and there is no easier way of proving dedication to workplace safety than the use of cutting-edge technology. And when it comes to cutting-edge cleaning technology, electrostatic sprayers are definitely at the cutting edge.
Why Should You Use an Electrostatic Sprayer?
Electrostatic sprayers are at the forefront of new and improved cleaning technologies. They are able to distribute sanitizer much faster than traditional sprayers and use significantly less liquid. This results in cleaning that is not only more efficient and effective but also environmentally friendly by reducing waste and chemical run-off.
Lessening both the amount of cleaning solution and time applying it reduces the cost and manual labor involved in sanitizing a busy area. After a short treatment, the surfaces are safe for use within minutes. The cost of the appliance itself is comparable to other available commercial cleaning equipment, with different sizes and models available to suit any need.
It is easy to see why electrostatic sprayers are being used to clean more and more businesses and public spaces. They are effective in gyms, offices, hotels, and restaurants. Medical offices use these sprayers with hospital-grade disinfectant to create a sanitary environment for their patients and prevent healthcare-associated infections.
Nearly 100,000 people die each year from infections that often exhibit antibiotic resistance. According to the CDC, this costs the healthcare industry in excess of $28 billion a year. Commonly used equipment such as wheelchairs, mattresses, and privacy curtains are contaminated regularly, and up to 50% of all surfaces in patient rooms are estimated to be improperly disinfected.
The simple cleaning process and efficiency of using an electrostatic sprayer significantly reduce the risks associated with incomplete sanitation.
How Does an Electrostatic Sprayer Work?
Manufacturing businesses have been using electrostatic spraying systems to clean and disinfect since the 1940s, and more recently cleaning companies have started using them for disinfectant distribution. Essentially, an electrostatic sprayer works by charging the sanitizer solution with electricity.
As sanitizer passes through the nozzle, the sprayer charges it with a positive charge. An attraction is formed between the positive sprayer vapor and surfaces that are naturally negatively charged because they are grounded.
As a result, the positively charged disinfectant clings to negatively charged surfaces instead of remaining in the air as a mist. The charged droplets with the same charge also repel each other so that they spread out into an even coating on all environmental surfaces. This electrostatic technology disinfects surfaces much more efficiently than traditional cleaning methods.
These characteristics make using an electrostatic disinfectant sprayer more efficient than spreading sanitizer by hand and result in less chemical waste by avoiding over-spraying. The spray nozzle also makes it easy to cover large areas quickly and to disinfect hard-to-reach areas such as under desks or between bundles of cables.
As a result of being able to clean large areas at a distance, workers are also less at risk of direct contact with infected surfaces. A combination of efficiency, ease of use, and a higher-than-ever need for effective sanitation make electrostatic sprayers popular in work areas that experience high traffic or require frequent disinfection.
Although professional cordless electrostatic sprayers cause less misting than traditional dispensers, taking the steps to safely operate them is important.
There is an inherent risk when working with any kind of aerosolized chemicals, so to avoid inhalation risks and other hazards the operator should be knowledgeable about the cleaner they are working with and wear personal protective equipment. Usually, one should be sure to at least wear a face mask, protective glasses, and gloves.
Proper use of the disinfectant is also vital to properly sanitizing a location. Depending on the solution used, it may need a different amount of time left in contact with the surface to completely disinfect it. Wiping or rubbing off the solution before enough time has passed will reduce its effectiveness.
It is also important to remember that most cleaners are not effective in preventing future infections. Using an electrostatic sprayer can effectively kill germs, bacteria, and viruses on the surface you are cleaning, but can only inhibit new ones from appearing for a limited time. As a result, spraying disinfectant weekly is recommended for most workspaces, and cleaning daily may be required for areas with especially high traffic.
What Type of Electrostatic Sprayer Is Best For You?
If you plan on purchasing an electrostatic sprayer, you should be aware of the different advantages given by different models. Cordless electrostatic sprayers usually come in handheld or backpack battery-operated models, while sprayers that use cords are usually on roller carts.
While cordless models have the advantage of mobility without worrying about dragging a cord, the roller cart supports the weight of the sprayer for you and has access to a constant and reliable power source.
You should also take size and power into consideration when deciding on an electrostatic sprayer. Smaller handheld sprayers are better suited to facilities like offices and clinics due to their relatively low spray distance. Backpack sprayers, on the other hand, are perfect for churches, retail buildings, and other larger facilities that require you to quickly and efficiently sanitize more space.
Even when you have a general idea of what type of electrostatic sprayer you need to start cleaning efficiently, the differences in performance from model to model can be difficult to navigate. To get a better idea of what each brand and model has to offer, consider the following popular sprayers.
CloroxPro Total 360 Electrostatic Sprayer
The CloroxPro Total 360 Electrostatic Sprayer is unique on this list in that it is moved by means of a roller cart and is not cordless. While this limits your mobility, it does not require you to support its weight and is not in danger of running out of power. Its range of two to four feet is more similar to the much smaller and mobile handheld sprayers, but it still works four times faster and uses 65% less solution than trigger sprayers. Clorox recommends using their Total 360 Disinfectant Cleaner, Spore Defense Cleaner Disinfectant, and Anywhere Hard Surface Sanitizing Spray for efficient disinfection.
Using exclusively Clorox-approved solutions could be good or bad depending on several factors. On the plus side, these are cleaners created by a major, well-known brand. Clorox also sells products approved by the EPA to kill SARS-CoV-2, Staphylococcus aureus, and other bacteria or viruses that cause common problems with only a minute of exposure, making it ideal for infection control. As a large company, Clorox has also successfully increased its production of sprayers and sanitizers to combat the skyrocketing demand caused by COVID-19.
However, limiting the choice of solutions would also mean being unable to use a more familiar sanitizer as well as other chemicals such as pesticides that other electrostatic sprayers can use. Additionally, Clorox products mainly contain bleach, which the CDC says contributes to ocular irritation and respiratory burns when aerosolized. Bleach also discolors any fabrics you would want to disinfect.
Protexus Handheld Electrostatic Sprayer
This EvaClean electrostatic sprayer is lightweight at just under four pounds and is as easy to operate as traditional pumps or misters. You have the option to turn its electrostatic function on and off as needed, and it has an LED headlight to illuminate cleaning surfaces. It can be used with a single fine spray nozzle or with a three-in-one nozzle that allows you to change between a small setting for sanitizing, a medium setting for disinfecting, and a large setting for heavy saturation.
With its small size, the sprayer runs very quietly but is limited by its range of two to four feet and a small tank capacity of 32 ounces. However, it performs well in small indoor spaces, and its 60-micron nozzle lets you use it without worrying about inhalation hazards from fine particles.
Like Clorox, the EvaClean program recommends using their brand of cleaners with their sprayer. The PUR:ONE tablet for cleaning and the PURTABS tablet for disinfecting both use sodium dichloroisocyanurate to eliminate possible confusion by simplifying the process. EvaClean also claims that these compounds retain chlorine longer than bleach, resulting in a better bactericide effect and stability. It still carries the same problem that Clorox has in preventing the use of a solution that you are more accustomed to or is required by an employer.
Protexus Cordless Electrostatic Backpack Sprayer
This model is another Protexus electrostatic sprayer, but with more power and a larger tank. Its 2.25-gallon capacity allows for 10,000 square feet of coverage and it has enough power to spray a distance of between five and eight feet for four hours continuously. Its coverage is slightly lower than what can be achieved by other cordless backpack sprayers, but it operates quietly and can sanitize a full room in under three minutes.
Victory Innovations Cordless E-static Handheld Sprayer
Victory’s handheld electrostatic sprayer is one of the world’s first cordless electrostatic sprayers. With the support of one of the most trusted brands in the industry, the Victory electrostatic sprayer has a patented double-charge system that makes it easy and effective to use. It is also approved for use of other chemicals such as odor removers, decontaminants, and pesticides. It has a three-in-one nozzle similar to the Protexus sprayer that lets you adjust the spray distribution to fit your needs.
As a handheld model, this sprayer still does suffer slightly from a small range and low tank capacity. Even compared to other smaller cordless sprayers, the Victory handheld sprayer covers a comparatively small 2,800 square feet per tank. However, it has still proven effective in indoor spaces such as schools and gyms, and it is more affordable than comparable sprayers.
Victory Innovations Professional Cordless Backpack Sprayer
The Victory backpack sprayer takes the high level of quality found in their handheld model and applies it on a larger scale. Its large and easily filled storage capacity allows you to cover 23,000 square feet with one tank, and its range of four to six feet makes it useful for gardening as well as decontamination.
This model uses the same double-charging technology as the previous sprayer on this list and is also easy to use and carry, but it is on the heavier side at 10 pounds. It is also considerably more expensive than other electrostatic sprayers of similar size and range, although its high quality warrants the price.
A Bright and Clean Future
Choosing the right electrostatic sprayer can simplify the process of creating an environment free of harmful viruses and bacteria. Even the choice to use an electrostatic sprayer itself makes a world of difference in ensuring the health and safety of the people around you. During this time in which personal health is a constant consideration in everything we do, the use of the best tools available is just one way to give everyone a little peace of mind. The fast, efficient, and thorough cleanliness that an electrostatic sprayer can offer you makes it an indispensable tool in gaining back a little bit of control in these uncertain times.