Selecting the right disinfectant by base | HD Supply Solutions

Let HD Supply help you choose the right disinfectant for the job. An ideal disinfectant has a broad spectrum, works in any environment, is nontoxic, nonirritating, and noncorrosive. No single disinfectant is ideal. Consider the use and effectiveness, and contact time when selecting the proper disinfectant.

Quaternary Disinfectants

Quaternary Disinfectants

Many quaternary disfectant products, like Clorox Broad Spectrum, Lysol, and Zep are one-step disinfectants, stable for storage, and non-irritating to skin. Quaternary cleaners come in sprays, wipes and gallon jugs. They are effective cleaners and easy to use. Some quaternary cleaners are not 100% effective against all bacteria and viruses. Consult the label for effective application.

Bleach Disinfectants

Bleach Disinfectants

Disinfecting with bleach products requires shorter contact time in order to kill bacteria and viruses, and it can be an economical option. Many healthcare facilities opt for bleach products since it can be used for multiple purposes when diluted. Note that it does require careful handling as it can corrode metal and damage carpets or flooring.
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Hydrogen Peroxide Disinfectants

Hydrogen Peroxide Disinfectants

Hydrogen peroxide disinfectants are fast acting, but not as harsh as bleach. It has strong oxidizing properties and has long been a trusted tool for disinfecting a variety of surfaces. It may damage some metals so you will want to first test clean a small area.
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Alcohol Disinfectants

Alcohol Disinfectants

Alcohol based disinfectants are fast-acting, evaporate quickly, and don't leave any residue. In the healthcare setting alcohol-based germicidal wipes are convenient and readily available for quick clean-up jobs. These types of disinfectants are common, especially in the form of hand sanitizers.
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