The Mechanisms of Disinfectants and Their Safety, Part 2: Formaldehyde

Formaldehyde sign03.04.2015

Written by: Selective Micro Technologies

SMT continues its investigation into different products recommended for disinfection as well as their attendant safety concerns. In part 1, alcohol was found to be ineffective with percentages below 50%. We also learned that it works by denaturing, or changing the shape and structure of vital proteins, and that a quick evaporation time makes surface disinfection difficult. In this installment, we will discuss and discover the chemical formaldehyde.

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The Difference Between Disinfection, Sanitization and Cleaning

Cleaning spray bottle02.26.2015

Written by: Selective Micro Technologies

When looking for a product to “clean” your home, office, clinic, nursing home, or whatever environment you are trying to freshen up, it is important to know the differences between technical terms presented within the janitorial and infection prevention industries. Below is a discussion regarding these differences in order to support awareness and decision-making capability.

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The Mechanisms of Disinfectants and Their Safety, Part 1: Alcohol

Bottle of ethyl alcohol02.11.2015

Written by: Selective Micro Technologies

When disinfecting your facility--whether it be in a healthcare setting, school, daycare, business or hotel--it is important to consider the safety of the substance used. It is also important to take into account the effect it may have on end users (custodial staff), patrons (business), patients (healthcare), children (school/daycare) and guests (hotels), as well as the environment itself. In this multi-part series, SMT will discuss the mode of action for many types of different disinfectants and the potential risks associated with the use of each.

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Mold: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Part 3

Mold that is growing12.11.2014

Written by: Selective Micro Technologies

Finally, in the last installment of our mold series, we explore more specifically the different kinds of mold and how to treat and remove them. There are a lot of good resources available on the internet such as on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Environmental Protective Agency (EPA) websites. There is plenty of information, pictures, guides, and advice on what to do in case your home or business is found to have mold.

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Mold: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Part 1

Mold growing11.25.2014

Written by: Selective Micro Technologies

When the word mold is mentioned, it can strike fear in people within the food industry, hospitality industry, general contractors and renovators, and even the healthcare industry. Why is this the case? Because mold typically has a pretty bad reputation, not only from smell and visual perspectives, but the fact that it can severely and adversely affect one’s health. This makes it a major issue. In other words, when mold shows its ugly face it can spoil food, ruin structures in buildings, release bad odors, and cause sickness in people.

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