Electrostatic Spray Disinfecting vs Fogging. What’s The Difference?
Disinfection is getting a lot of attention. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, it's become a top priority for business owners. Everyone is researching disinfecting and sanitizing in hopes of ridding their environments of this dreaded virus. It’s more important than ever to make the right decision for your building/facility.
Although disinfectants are used in both an electrostatic spray gun and a fogger, the technology, and the results are quite different. The Electrostatic Spraying system applies small electrostatically charged droplets that are actively attracted to surfaces, including the exposed backsides of surfaces regardless of the direction of spray. The disinfectant covers surfaces and objects in a 360-degree range while providing touchless disinfection. This is because the particles in the spray are electrostatically charged, they cling to and completely coat all surfaces they're aimed at.
Whereas, fogging systems deliver droplets that passively deposit on surfaces based on the direction of the spray and the effect of gravity, which may result in uneven coverage. These small droplets do not wrap around surfaces and objects as electrostatic spraying does. Some people have confused this method with Electrostatic Spraying but Fogging does not use an electrostatic charge and the disinfectant is applied in much larger particles so it goes on wet. It does not adhere to surfaces like electrostatic spraying and the dwell time is significantly longer. This method is not recommended and not nearly as effective as electrostatic spraying.
A few of the big differences between Electrostatic Spray Disinfection and Fogging are cost and dwell time. For Fogging it can take anywhere from 30 minutes up to 1 hour for dwell time. As for Electrostatic spray disinfection, it only takes 5 minutes. Electrostatic spray disinfection is recommended by the CDC, unlike Fogging.
Below is a chart we put together comparing the main differences between “Electrostatic Spray Disinfection” and “Fogging”:
4M Electrostatic Spray Disinfecting is not only an efficient method of disinfecting but also more effective than Fogging; taking only 1 to 5 minutes to kill 99.99% of all pathogens providing peace of mind for all occupants, tenants, and employees. You can see why electrostatic spraying would be prudent to consider in your facilities and common areas following the COVID-19 pandemic. It only takes one infected person to spread COVID-19 throughout an entire facility infecting numerous others. This is why you must be proactive with an ongoing scheduled disinfecting program to prevent the spread of any asymptomatic and active COVID-19, other viral, bacterial, germs, and pathogens.
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