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Buyer's Guide to Anti-viral Disinfectant Sanitisers

BUYER'S GUIDE TO
ANTI-VIRAL DISINFECTANT SANITISERS

What should you look for when you buy Antiviral disinfectant in the UK

 

Want to Buy Anti-viral Disinfectant Sanitisers

Anti-viral Sanitisers and disinfectants are very versatile and ideal for all hard surface sanitising of small and large unit premises. They are supplied in various pack sizes: 5 ltr, 25 ltr and 750 ml ready to use sprays.

There are a limited number of specialist suppliers who can provide cost effective concentrated versions of anti-viral sanitising solutions and refills which also reduces plastic waste.

Acid based antiviral disinfectants such as peracetic acid are very effective and strong but are very limited in use and versatility, they should only be used by a professional as they are not user friendly. These should be avoided from contact or near any soft home furnishings due to their crude nature. They are normally only used in external cleaning tasks and by trained operatives for specialist tasks.

Hypochlorite - Hypochlorous acid, «acidic electrolyzed water» is very safe and effective for all sanitising methods however, unless you invest in a fully installed electrolysis system machine to produce your own material you are restricted in access to supplies of product and can work out to be very expensive.

Alcohol based anti-bacterial sanitisers - these are normally used for instant in-situ and mobile cleaning tasks such as surface sanitising via spray and wipe, leave dry method, small surface operation desktops and worktops surfaces etc. These are not suitable for large-scale sanitising applications.

 

Q. Which is the most cost-effective way to buy antiviral surfaces sanitising products in the UK?

A. The most versatile and cost-effective antiviral surfaces sanitising products are the ones based on high quality anti-bactericidal ingredients which kill covid 19 virus and other harmful organisms.

 

Q. Should I buy a Concentrated or Ready to Use virus disinfectant?

A. Ready to use sanitising products are ideal for small surface cleaning tasks however, these can work out much more expensive compared to concentrate products.

Concentrated and Super Concentrate anti-viral disinfectants are very economical some work out at just a few pence per litre in use, they take up far less space storage space and reduce plastic waste. With APT Viro Kill Super Concentrate you get 49 times more product for your money, as this can be diluted up to 50 parts with water.

 

Q. What is the best way to sanitise hard surfaces?

A. That well depend on you chosen method. Do you want a manual sanitizing method such as spray wipe cleaning, swabbing washing, soaking or mopping? APT`s Viro Kill is so versatile it can be used for all hard surface cleaning applications. It is safe to use in kitchens, food retail and on any surface.

 

Q. Can I use anti viral disinfectants through mechanical floor scrubbing machines, pressure washing equipment or commercial floor washing?

A. Yes - You can use some antiviral solutions for sanitising methods. APT's Viro Kill is ideal for these cleaning applications and can be used safely through all mechanical floor cleaning and pressure washing machines.

 

Q. Can I use anti-viral disinfectant in fogging machines?

A. Some antiviral disinfectant can be used through your fogger machines check with your manufacturer. APT’s specialised antiviral formula is safe to use through all APT portable fogging machines.

 

Q. What are fogging machines used for?

A. Fogging machines are the best way to quickly and effectively fully disinfect and sanitise all size rooms spaces even large halls and communal spaces in the shortest timescale.

Read our FREE Buyer's Guide to Fogging Machines.

 

Q. How do I buy good quality virus killing sanitisers or disinfectant products??

A. You should always buy from a reputable company who have experience to offer certified quality UK manufactured products.

We recommend an amphoteric biocidal disinfectant. Our VIRO KILL Super Concentrate has been specially formulated and conforms to BS EN 14476, BS EN 1276 & BS EN 13697 for surface sanitising killing 99.99% of airborne bacteria and other harmful organisms.

It can be safely used in all application methods to disinfect all hard and soft surfaces including floors, desks, doors, telephone equipment, worktops, fridges, external computers, toilets, stairwells, most carpets, curtains and soft furnishings.

VIRO KILL Super Concentrate fogging machine liquid is recommended for use in chemical fogging machines. It is a very quick process to sanitises rooms and large open communal areas.

 

Q. How safe is spraying sanitiser through fogging machinery?

A. You should use recommended PPE safety ware and follow user instructions. When you buy an APT fogger machine and Virokill starter pack you will be provided with full information pack along with an easy guide to fogging. You will also receive a full FREE PPE starter kit as part of your pack.

An Easy to read blog about the difference between wet, dry & electrostatic fogger application methods.

 

Q. How does fogging work?

A. Fogging machines spray controlled amounts of sanitising solution into the air, these float in the air for approximately 10- 15 minutes and drop cover and disinfect all lower surfaces.

 

Q. Do I have to clean first before sanitising?

A. It is always recommended that you clean off and visible dirt's, grime, greases or oily residues before sanitising.

 

Q. What is the difference between cleaning and sanitising?

A. Sometimes referred to as single and two stage cleaning, cleaning is paramount as first stage to remove any surface debris, oils, greases, grime or food residues which can harbour harmful bacteria. This allows you to carry out effective sanitising to kill harmful virus or other organisms.

 

Q. What are the most popular fogging machines?

A. The FO-500 is recommended for larger space cleaning and the EX2 is recommended for smaller spaces.

 

Fogging Machine Cleaning can be used in the following organisations:

  • All Education Establishments
  • Government and Public Buildings
  • The NHS, Health & Care Sector Clinics
  • All Retail and Commercial Outlets
  • Offices and Call Centres
  • Leisure and Sports Facilities
  • Transport and vehicle cargo cleaning
  • Food Processing Plants
  • Catering and Food Retail
  • Ideal for cleaning and sanitising in all small and large commercial business
  • Shops, Shopping centres, hotels, cottage lettings, caravan parks, community halls and meeting places, stadiums, gyms and facilities.

 

Disinfectant chemical fogging is quick, easy and highly effective. It can reach heights of up to 10 metres, meaning that even difficult to reach surfaces are also decontaminated in minutes. Conventional cleaning is not as effective as using fogging machine cleaning.

The disinfectant fogging machine is portable and easy to use either inside or out. It has a fine adjustable flow controller to ensure the accurate output is suited to all rooms and spaces. It can cover large areas in a very short space of time.

 

Buyer's Guide to Fogging Machines

BUYER'S GUIDE TO
FOGGING MACHINES

 

 

How does a fogging machine work?

The fogger uses pressure to create a fine mist (or fog) which is applied to the targeted area, the spray density typically being moderated by a manual valve to ensure the optimum effect. The fine fog can reach into corners and difficult areas and may also penetrate porous surfaces

 

Where can I buy strong or concentrated antiviral disinfectant for a fogging machine?

You can buy super concentrate, strong is not required, as long as the chemical components are effective to kill off the virus - www.aptcommercialchemicals.co.uk/antiviral-disinfectant The fogger uses pressure to create a fine mist (or fog) which is applied to the targeted area, the spray density typically being moderated by a manual valve to ensure the optimum effect. The fine fog can reach into corners and difficult areas and may also penetrate porous surfaces

 

How do I sanitise and disinfect a large room using an Infection Control Fogging Machine?

The best way to sanitise a large room quickly and completely is to use an appropriate size fogging machine, such as FO 500, which has a range of up to 10 metres and a variable switch to control the output of the antiviral sanitizing solution to maximise the coverage.

 

What area can I cover with an antiviral fogging machine and How long does it take to fog a room?

Most APT Fogging machines will cover a 1500 cubic metres room space in around 5-7 minutes.

 

How long do I have to remain out of a room before I can re-enter it safely after using a fogger machine?

We recommend 30 to 40 minutes after routine sanitising. However, rooms can be entered into around 20 minutes or less depending on atmospheric condition, heat, and ventilation.

 

How do I set up the chemical fogging machine to achieve the best micron size and coverage?

Generally the setting of the machine should be set around - ¼ to &frac12 of a turn or number 2-3 on the control switch. This provides droplets of around 30 microns which produces enough humidity to allow the antiviral disinfectant to fully cover the surfaces and sufficient contact time to allow the antiviral disinfectant to work. Atmospheric conditions influence drying times especially in hot summer.

 


“A good test is to first set up the fogging machine and use water this will allow you to get an accurate cover ratio and get used to the fogger. Spray the water solution through fogger machine into a room, above a table and check the level of coverage after allowing few minutes contact settlement. Then time how long it takes to dry off, it should be around 15 minutes. Adjust the chemical flow accordingly until satisfied on contact time/coverage."


 

What do I need to safely start fogging and sanitising with antiviral disinfectant?

You should have a full PPE safety pack; goggles, PPF3 mask, gloves, moisture resistant hooded coverall suit, this is included with most APT fogging starter packs.

Where you cannot purchase a coverall suit, you can use overalls/waterproof clothing and then put it through the washing machine.

 

What is the recommended procedure for my staff to carry out fogging?

When you purchase your starter packs from APT you will be provided with the full fogging procedure job method for carrying out disinfecting and sanitising.

It is recommended that you produce a full set of Rams H&S documents to comply with Risk Assessments protocols for you and your operatives. APT can produce generic Rams upon request.

 

What do you put in a disinfectant fogging machine?

We strongly advise that you use an antiviral disinfectant and sanitiser that has been tested against viruses and other harmful bacteria, we recommend APT Viro Kill, which is a Super Concentrated Disinfectant cleaner and sanitiser with a fast kill rate to fight against coronavirus.

Viro Kill is a powerful fast acting amphoteric terminal disinfectant is scientifically designed with a broad spectrum of activity and complies to BS EN14476, EN1276 & EN13697.

Viro Kill does not contain any harsh ingredients and can safely be used to treat and sanitise all hard surfaces and even most soft furnishings.

Viro Kill is food safe, so can be used in food manufacturing & processing plants.

Avoid using antiviral disinfectants that contain parasitic acid, hydrogen peroxide or sodium hypochlorite-based bleach disinfectants, these are very powerful, harsh chemicals and are not suitable for many internal surfaces. They can also affect machine performance and require extra safety precautions. They should only be used by a trained professional.

 

Do I need to turn off the air conditioning when fogging?

Yes.

 

Can you use fogging machines for hospitals?

Yes, they, the hand held fogging machines are perfect for this purpose and all health care facilities, surgeries, dentists and clinics.

 

Does fogging kill coronavirus?

Yes, if you use the correct supporting antiviral disinfectant, Viro Kill, which is compatible with all our machines.

 

What is the difference between a dry fogging machine, a cold fogger, an electrostatic a ulv fogging machine?

Click here for information about the differences of each type of fogging machine.

 

What is the best fogging machine for large open areas or high ceilings voids?

This naturally requires a more powerful 8-10 metre reach to provide a good even spread dropping over air bourne organisms onto lower level surfaces.

Typical organisations - business centres, school rooms, leisure facilities, stadiums, lecture halls, churches and cinema rooms.

Our suggested models includes:

 FO-500

 

What is the best fogging machine used for smaller areas?

Areas with the lower ceiling voids up to 5 metres;

Typical organisations - restaurants, smaller hotels, offices, care homes, hospital wards, catering and food services, dental and surgery treatment rooms.

 MK4
 EX2
 Battery Operated Electrostatic - we advise this model if you have extra lower intricate surfaces and seating areas

 


Do’s and Don’ts when buying a commercial Fogging Machine

 

DO - Only buy from a reputable and legitimate supplier – a company who have experience of using such a machine. When you purchase from APT, you will receive expert advice and after sales service. We don’t only supply, our teams of specialist use the fogging machines for fumigation via our Infection Control Division.

DON'T - Beware of new start-up companies or unconnected business traders who have simply set up to take advantage of from this situation. Always check out the supplier’s credentials and EXPERTISE, proper web address, contact details and how long they have been trading.

Avoid overseas purchases. they may seem cheap on the face of it, however you can encounter long delivery delays, import customs costs, poor aftersales issues or not receiving the goods at all. Check that the fogger is in stock. Delays of up to 5- 6-weeks are typical after your pre-payment order!!

Only buy from a reputable and legitimate supplier – a company who have experience of using such a machine. When you purchase from APT, you will receive expert advice and after sales service. We don’t only supply, our teams of specialist use the fogging machines for fumigation via our Infection Control Division.

 

APT Fogging machines are for sale UK and in stock ready for delivery direct from our UK warehouse.

 

The Benefits of a Fogging Machine in Sanitisation

The Benefits of a Fogging Machine in Sanitisation

This year, the Covid-19 pandemic has placed the urgency of deep cleaning and sanitisation front and centre in all settings; whether domestic, industrial, educational or social. An epidemic as virulent and far reaching as this one has been has created the requirement for a new way of making sure every surface is deep cleaned and any trace of the virus eliminated.

Fogging machines are often used in pest control but virus elimination is one of the areas in which fogging machines excel. Is it time you considered investing in one?

 

How Does a Fogging Machine Work?

The versatility of a fogger means that it can be carried easily by one person to reach into every nook and cranny of the area to be cleaned. The machine works by using valve-regulated pressure to expel a fine targeted mist of anti-bacterial and disinfecting chemicals to areas as diverse as hard surfaces or porous textiles, and into the air ensuring a thorough treatment to control disease and odour at the same time. Some fogging machines can spray up to 12 metres in distance.

Fogging machines are proving their worth as effective and efficient sanitisers when used with an antiviral disinfectant, a specialist chemical which is capable of quickly killing a wide range of pathogenic viruses, and this makes them particularly suitable for clinical environments.

 

Where Can I Use a Fogging Machine?

Because they are effective on a wide variety of hard and soft surfaces the sanitising capabilities of a fogger are especially good in hospitals, GP surgeries and clinics and veterinary clinics. In kitchen and catering premises all hard surfaces like food preparation areas, fridges, freezers, walls, cupboards, trolleys and pvc curtains can quickly be made safe for human contact. Even soft surfaces such as curtains and cushions can be given the once over by a fogger although you should be careful to check that any delicate fabric will not be damaged by the chemicals.

Fogging machines are effective in other areas of the food industry that you may not have thought of such as within the dairy, pig and poultry industries. Milking parlours, sow and weaner sheds and poultry hatcheries can be speedily sanitised to avoid any kind of pollution which would be costly to the agricultural industry in terms of time and money.

Any workplace where there is regular and persistent use of computer equipment, desks and even rest rooms can all benefit from this form of sanitisation as can greenhouses in garden centres or other humid areas. Fogging machines can efficiently sanitise indoors and outdoors, making them a versatile and highly effective choice for those businesses aiming to keep the virus, and other germs of course, away from their premises.

Whether you’re a cleaning company looking to offer a new service to your clients, or a business aiming to lower the risk of staff, customers and visitors contracting anything from your premises, a fogging machine may be just what you need to help make your business COVID secure.

 

All our Fogging Machines are for sale directly in the UK. Visit www.aptcommercialchemicals.co.uk/fogging-machines.

For further advice or to book a consultation please visit https://www.apt-icc.co.uk/fogging-disinfection.  You can call our FREE PHONE or email us today to find out how we can help you with your building deep cleaning and fogging sanitation.

 

Special Fogging Machines For Infection Control

Specialist Fogging Machines
For Infection Control


With 30 years’ experience, APT provide specialist advice on decontamination and sanitising across all businesses including health and social sectors throughout the UK.

We understand that at such uncertain times, keeping your families, colleagues and employees safe is of upmost importance.

At APT we provide only the latest fogging machine for infection control along with specialised sanitation and disinfection products to help contain the spread of enveloped viruses.

Our teams of specialists are continuing to work with emergency planning teams throughout the UK to advise on action plans and the best fogging machine for sale in the UK to prevent a further outbreak of coronavirus in the workplace.

 

Disinfectant Fogging Machine

Fogging disinfection and sanitisation is a proven method to help eradicate infectious diseases; it is a fast, safe and thorough process for use inside or outside any building. When using the correct chemical product, it will kill 99.9% of all bacteria. It is recommended to use Viro Kill, an amphoteric terminal disinfectant to kill 99.9% of all bacteria.

www.aptcommercialchemicals.co.uk/antiviral-disinfectant

 

What is Fogging?

  • Fogging or electrostatic cleaning is a process where Viro-Kill, a disinfectant and biocide, is dispersed into the air.
  • Viro-Kill, is a bactericidal killer, Approved to BS EN1276.
  • Using APT Fogging Machines or an electrostatic fogger produces micro-droplets of disinfectant and biocides that float in the air for around 10 minutes after application. Dispersing these micro-droplets into the air means the solution can reach areas that could not otherwise be reached by conventional cleaning methods.
  • Studies show when you use a fogger machine for fumigation, it significantly reduces the number of viable infectious pathogens by treating the surfaces and the air.

 

Under typical conditions, fogging is carried out for a minimum of 15–30min to enable the fog to disperse and the chemical action to occur. After fogging, an additional period of 45–60min is required to allow the droplets to settle out of the air and onto the surfaces. Electrostatic charging of chemical fogs during aerosolisation can improve the application as the droplets will be attracted to surfaces that are electrically charged.

 

Why is using a Fogging Machine the Best Solution to Kill Bacteria?

  • Fogging significantly reduces the number of viable infectious pathogens and harmful airborne bacteria
  • Most of our fogger machines have a range of over 13 meters with an adjustable flow to inject the perfect number of droplets for each room or space.
  • The range allows the biocidal bactericide to reach areas that cannot be contacted by conventional cleaning.
  • It is a quick, clean process and does not require the removal of any items.
  • Fogging is food safe and can be used in the food processing industry

 

What is the best product to use through a Commercial Fogging machine?

Viro Kill kills 99.9% of all bacteria.

Viro Kill is scientifically designed with a broad spectrum of activity and Approved to BS EN1276. The fast kill rate disinfection contains a specialised primary biocide that works quickly against enveloped viruses, HBV/HIV, Hepatitis B, Herpes simplex, Rota Virus, Bovine, Corona Virus/SARS-CoV and H1N1 Avian influenza. Viro-Kill is a food safe, high concentrate, low odour formula. It is safe to use in kitchens, food processing and manufacturing.

 

Where can Fogging Disinfection Sanitation be used?

APT fogging sanitising works to prevent the spread of viruses and diseases that rest on surfaces inside and outside of buildings; the fogging machines for hospital UK can also be used and is recommended for use in all establishments to include:

Education Establishments

Government Buildings

The Health & Care Sector

Retail

Offices

Leisure Facilities

Transport

Food Processing

Agricultural

Businesses

Fogging is used in rooms and areas of all sizes from large to small, be it a doctor’s surgery or a school, APT’s fogging services are equipped to provide a full sanitation and disinfection, leaving all surfaces free from harmful viruses.

 

What surfaces can be sanitised with the fogging machine?

All hard and soft surfaces, including handles, computer equipment, telephones, switches, curtains, chairs and carpets are disinfected when a fogging decontamination is undertaken.

As well as total room sanitation, all communal areas including stairs, lifts and rails ect will be fogged.

 

Can Chemical Fogging be used in Food Production Companies?

Yes! Using Viro Kill during the process of fogging will ensure that the cleaning and sanitising process is Food Safe. Our technicians will disperse Viro Kill to the required area and those areas or parts that are difficult to reach and remove airborne micro-organisms.

Whole room disinfection enables difficult-to-reach places to be thoroughly sanitised.

Fogging with Viro Kill supersedes traditional cleaning regimes and prevents cross-contamination from surfaces and the air, often the cause of food spoilage.

APT mobile fogging systems can be used throughout the entire factory.

 

Do you need a company to fog your Premises?

APT have 30 years’ experience in the specialist chemical and infection control field, thus we can offer expert advice to your organisation.

Our sanitising technicians have had extensive training and hold nationally recognised accreditations. We only use proven methods and safe systems of work.

We can provide the following options:

  • One off Fogging Sanitation
  • Daily or weekly Fogging Sanitation
  • Deep Cleaning Infection Control
  • Emergency Fogging – APT will react

Before every Fogging Decontamination Service, a full RAMS report will be provided. After the sanitation, a full report will be issued along with pictures of the surfaces and areas sanitised.

For more information - www.apt-icc.co.uk/fogging-disinfection

APT have a range of fogging machines for sales, we don’t have fogging machines for hire currently.

We understand how difficult this situation has been for everyone and we want to help wherever we can;  we are happy to answer any of your queries or offer free advice without any obligation, whether you use our services or not. We look forward to hearing from you.

 

* We work under guidance from Public Health England - www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

The Difference Between Wet, Dry & Electrostatic fogger application methods

When dry, wet or electrostatic fog produced by Foggers, the main difference is the droplet size.

APT Range of Cold or ULV foggers can disperse dry and wet fog. Their nozzles allow you to regulate both the spray volume and droplet size within a range of 5 to 50 microns.

Wet Foggers

Most Cold or ULV foggers can disperse dry and wet fog. Their nozzles allow you to regulate both the spray volume and droplet size within a range of 5 to 50 microns.  As long as you keep the droplets small, you’ll get a dry fog (to which the previously mentioned factors will apply).

APT fogger machines on normal setting deliver around a 20 to 30 microns droplet size

If you adjust the machine to produce a fog with droplets that are 20 microns or large, you’ll have a wet fog. These larger droplets are better for applications such as disinfection, mould control, or targeting specific areas with an insecticide. These larger droplets mean that the fog will wet specific surfaces and coat them thoroughly with the chosen solution.


APT fogging machines are always in stock and are delivered directly throughout the UK

Our Commercial Fogging Machines are for sale directly in the UK. Ideal for fogging and disinfecting all areas of a building to reduce risk of coronavirus.

Visit our Fogging Machines page at www.aptcommercialchemicals.co.uk/fogging-machines where you will also see a video of a Fogger in action.


Dry Foggers

Dry Fog usually has droplets that are 10 to 15 microns in diameter. This is because the droplets are so small that they create a seemingly dry fog.

On the other hand, a fog that has droplets that are 20 to 30 microns in diameter is considered wet fog. This fog appears to be wetter and more like a mist than a fog. All fogs whose droplets are above 30 microns are usually mist’s or sprays, not fogs.

So, based on this explanation, wet and dry Foggers differ based on the fog they emit.

Most thermal Foggers are dry foggers because their mist usually consists of droplets of around 10 microns in diameter. These foggers are perfect when you need to distribute the fog over quite a large area. This is because the smaller particles will be able to diffuse widely and travel quite far thanks to air currents and wind.

The downside to this is that the fog might not thoroughly cover the entire area you wanted to treat. This means that it might be better to fog the area at least two times for more complete coverage

Electrostatic Foggers

Electrostatic spray surface cleaning is the process of spraying electrostatically charged mist onto surfaces or objects. The spray uses a specialised solution that is combined with air and atomized by an electrode inside the sprayer.

The Electrostatic systems although highly priced work by charging liquids (i.e., cleaners, sanitisers, and disinfectants) as they pass through a sprayer nozzle. This generates charged droplets that repel one another and actively seek out environmental surfaces, Electrostatic spray uses a specialized solution that is combined with air and atomized by an electrode inside the sprayer... Because the particles in the spray are positively charged, they cling to and coat any surface they are aimed at which they stick to and even wrap around to coat all sides.

Conclusion

No matter which kind of foggers you use – dry, wet, cold, or thermal or electrostatic – you should experiment to see which droplet size best suits your application and the product suitability on the surface to avoid damage  This can also differ based on

• weather conditions (very windy places vs. places where the wind is a rarity),

• the treatment indoors or outdoors area (subject to health and safety whilst using electrical equipment)

• the liquid used (water-based solutions).

APT Super concentrate Virokill Anti Viral Sanitiser, disinfectant gives you almost 50 times more product for your money than other ready to use fogging solutions are safe on most surfaces

Our Viro Kill is conforms to BS EN14476, BS EN1276 & BS EN136976.

When you take into consideration all these factors and merge them with the knowledge of dry and wet fogs and the different types of foggers, you should find it quite easy to make the right decision as to what type of fogger is best for you.

It will largely depend on what type of disinfectant you are planning on using. The disinfectant solution should have information on which kind of fogger it should be used with. But in general, you can use both thermal and ULV foggers for disinfecting purposes.