What is Electrostatic Sanitization?

Updated: May 3, 2021

Individual using an electrostatic sprayer to disinfect a slide in an outdoor playground.
A single technician can apply fast-acting sanitizer to a complete space in as little as 30 minutes with an electrostatic sprayer.

Stopping the spread of diseases like COVID-19 and influenza has led to the development of some pretty innovative sanitizing technologies. Some cleaning devices look like they were plucked straight out of a futuristic sci-fi movie. For example, you may have seen someone in an office building or shopping mall equipped with a backpack full of disinfectant, looking like something out of Ghostbusters and wondered what exactly they're doing. This sanitization device–an electrostatic sprayer–may look pretty cool, but the technology behind it is even more fascinating.

Cleaning Doesn’t Cut It Anymore

While traditional cleaning products get rid of some germs, their main objective is to remove the visible dirt and grime from surfaces. Even if you spot clean areas with a strong disinfectant, you can never be totally sure that you’ve completely eliminated the “invisible enemy” — harmful pathogens like SARS-CoV-2 and influenza that can linger on surfaces we use everyday. Reusing the same rags from surface to surface can even cross-contaminate areas and cause germs to proliferate further.

Cleaning is one part of maintaining a hygienic environment, but to achieve the best defense against germs you’ll need to apply a sanitization strategy, of which electrostatic sprayers can be particularly effective.

What Is Electrostatic Spray Sanitization?

To understand how electrostatic spraying differs from surface cleaning, you have to look under the microscope at the germ level.

Electrostatic sprayers charge disinfectants with electricity as they pass through the nozzle. The disinfectant then carries a positive charge, and is thus attracted to (or pulled toward) more neutral surfaces and objects. This drives the disinfectant directly to surfaces, causing it to wrap around curves and into corners and crevices to achieve maximum coverage, the most out of any sanitization method. The electro-charged disinfectant creates a static cling effect that adheres to surfaces and kills germs on contact.

Technician in a hazmat suit spraying sanitizer onto gym equipment with an electrostatic sprayer.
Spraying makes cleaning easier because the applied sanitizer can cover all the nooks and crannies of hard to reach places.

Electrostatic cling means more coverage, easier and quicker application and less wasted product, saving time and money. Touchless application also means that there is less of a chance of cross contamination between different surfaces in any given space.

Which Sanitizers Work Best With Electrostatic Sprayers?

Most products applied with electrostatic sprayers are water-based, which means they’re non-toxic and don’t leave a residue or smell. Typically, the active disinfectant used is alcohol or a quaternary ammonium compound.

Some disinfectant products go even further by establishing a microscopic barrier of spikes that shocks and ruptures those harmful pathogens living on surfaces and lingering in the surrounding environment, which can last for up to a month per application.

Where Does Electrostatic Sanitization Work Best?

This method is ideal especially in spaces such as sports venues or wholesale distribution centers where you can disinfect large areas more easily and in less time. Spraying also makes small space cleaning easier because the applied sanitizer can cover all the nooks and crannies of hard to reach places with large surface areas of inventory.

As a result of the long-lasting efficacy of this product, businesses can reduce cleaning to a once monthly sanitization with a quick and efficient electrostatic spray application. This means you can protect your business with less total chemicals, all while maintaining the highest level of protection for your employees and customers.

Why Businesses Prefer Electrostatic Sanitization

  1. Quick + Efficient – A single technician can apply fast-acting sanitizer to a complete space in as little as 30 minutes with an electrostatic sprayer.

  2. Complete Coverage – Electrostatic spray sanitization provides complete, wrap-around coverage of an entire space.

  3. Active Defense – With the right sanitizer, your space can be protected from pathogens for up to 30 days with an active germ-killing barrier.

  4. Proven Results – Bioactivity testing shows you the level of germs before and after each application, proving just how effective the spray is.

When it comes to sanitizing your space, traditional cleaning methods don’t provide the kind of complete coverage that’s needed to keep diseases like COVID-19 and influenza at bay. Electrostatic spraying is the preferred method of professional cleaning companies to eradicate bacteria and viruses, because it’s safe, efficient and provides the best defense against disease.

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