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What is Hydrogen Peroxide Fogging
Hydrogen Peroxide Fogging is a method of decontamination that releases aerosolized hydrogen peroxide into enclosed areas.
Because of its ability to work on a molecular level, hydrogen peroxide fogging is a much more efficient and effective way of eliminating microbes than manual cleaning. Aerosolized hydrogen peroxide gets into every nook and cranny of an indoor environment, ensuring all areas are decontaminated. In fact, it’s the only way to know with certainty that your indoor environment is nearly 100% sterile!
According to the CDC, “properly used, H2O2 is an effective sterilant capable of efficient and rapid elimination of contaminating microbes”
Efficacy and Increased Popularity of H2O2 Systems
Before understanding just how H2O2 reacts with the materials present in healthcare, pharma or biomedical facilities, it’s important to note the efficacy of such a system as a bactericide, virucide and sporicide.
The H2O2 process was developed in the mid-1980s, utilizing a patented closed loop, low concentration, “dry” process. Over the last decade, a number of tests have proven the efficacy of these systems, and have overwhelmingly found that hydrogen peroxide is exceptionally effective when used as a dry fog because of its ability to fill hard to reach crevices and disinfect often missed corners of a facility.
What Is Disinfectant Fogging?
Fogging is a better choice for facility sterilization.
It can eliminate all of the contaminants in your cleanroom, even the ones that are buried in hard-to-reach spots — between the floorboards, behind cabinets, or in the cracks between a row of desks.
How Does Disinfectant Fogging Work?
Disinfectant fogging starts with a solution made with hydrogen peroxide, or H2O2.
Hydrogen peroxide is a powerful chemical disinfectant which can rapidly eliminate germs, bacteria, viruses, spores, and fungi, as the CDC has confirmed.
Fogging takes liquid H2O2 and turns it into a thick disinfectant fog. The decontamination services team will use a room sanitizing machine to disperse that hydrogen peroxide fogging treatment throughout your workspace, so that it settles into every single nook and cranny in the room, leaving no spot untouched. The result is a truly pristine environment, free of contaminants and pollutants.
Is Disinfectant Fogging Safe?
As long as you are working with an experienced, professional team, disinfectant fogging is one of the safest ways possible to sterilize your cleanroom. A good decontamination services team will shut off your HVAC unit and make sure that the space is evacuated before they get to work.
They will also be able to tell you when you can return to work in the fogged environment. Bear in mind that you won’t need to evacuate the whole building, just the room which is being fogged. Normally, the process is smooth and easy, and people can get back to work in as little as an hour.
Fogging has become more and more popular with cleanroom managers, as well as with anyone involved in maintaining a critical workspace. Fogging provides a level of reliability which is hard to match with conventional methods.