Will My Current Disinfectants Kill Newer Strains of Coronavirus?

Recent buzz in the news about newer strains of the coronavirus has caused understandable confusion about the effectiveness of our customers’ current cleaning and disinfection practices.  Johnston is here to reassure our customers that we have and will continue to thoroughly monitor the recommendations form the EPA and the CDC and make sure you are properly informed.  The short answer is YES! Your current disinfectants kill newer strands of coronavirus, just as they did the original strain, provided they are products that appear on the EPA List N, which can be found here.

How Disinfectants Kill Newer Strains of Coronavirus

The first thing to understand is that genetic changes to a virus do not impact the efficacy of disinfectants. List N Disinfectants work by chemically inactivating viruses. The difficulty of killing a virus depends on its physical features, and the recent mutations to SARS-CoV-2 have not changed the basic physical properties of the virus.

Johnston Recommended Processes and Disinfectants for Coronavirus

Different cleaning processes are best suited for different cleaning operations.  Depending on your needs you may be utilizing ready-to-use spray bottles, dilution control systems, or even electrostatic sprayers to deploy your disinfectants.  At Johnston, we have product offerings that each of these needs and below we’ve listed our top recommendations for combatting both original and new strains of coronavirus.

Dilution Control Solutions:

  • Spartan Chemical BNC-15 (Item#: 485602)
    • Non-acid concentrated disinfectant and cleaner.
    • Effective against Coronavirus with 5 minute contact time.
    • Ideal for users of the Spartan Versafil clean on the go system.
  • SC Johnson Professional TruShot 2.0 Multi-Surface Disinfectant (Item#: 315385)
    • Concentrated chemical turned ready to use when deployed with the TruShot 2.0 Trigger dispenser closed loop delivery system.
    • One cartridge delivers up to 28 in-use quarts of product, just keep refilling the water reservoir when needed.
    • Effective against Coronavirus with 3 minute contact time.

Ready to Use Solutions:

  • Spartan TB-Cide Quat II (Item#: 1021)
    • Ready-to-use, intermediate level, one-step cleaner and disinfectant.
    • Effective against Coronavirus with 2 minute contact time.
    • Formulated to disinfect hard, non-porous, inanimate environmental surfaces such as floors, walls, metal surfaces, stainless steel surfaces, porcelain, glazed ceramic tile, plastic surfaces, bathrooms, and cabinets.
  • Purell Professional Surface Disinfecting Wipes (Item#: 934206)
    • No need to wash or rinse hands after use.
    • Proven compatibility across most hard surfaces.
    • Effective against Coronavirus with 1 minute contact time.
  • Purell Professional Surface Disinfectant Spray (Item#: 334206)
    • Ready-to-use sealed and capped bottles with triggers included.
    • One-step disinfectant cleaner with a fresh citrus scent.
    • Effective against Coronavirus with 1 minute contact time.
  • P&G Professional Comet Disinfecting & Sanitizing Bathroom Cleaner (Item#: 22569)
    • Nonabrasive formula safely dissolves soap scum and hard-water stains.
    • One-step cleaning process eliminates need for multiple cleaners.
    • Effective against Coronavirus with 10 minute contact time.

Electrostatic Sprayer Solutions:

  • Diversey Oxivir TB
    • Ready-to-use disinfectant cleaner based on proprietary hydrogen peroxide based technology to deliver fast, effective cleaning performance.
    • Available in small spray bottles (Item#: 4277285) as well as larger pails and drums for use with electrostatic sprayers (Item#: 101104055, 101104053).
    • Effective against Coronavirus with 1 minute contact time.
  • Clorox Total 360 Disinfectant Cleaner (Item#: 31650)
    • One step electrostatic disinfecting and odor eliminating.
    • To be used only with the Clorox Total 360 Electrostatic Sprayer.
    • Effective against Coronavirus with 2 minute contact time.

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