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Discover the UK’s Largest Range of Fogger Machines

Discover the UK's Largest Range
of Fogging Machines


APT offers an unequalled range of fogging machines for sale, with free next-day delivery throughout the UK. The information below should help you better understand the technology and empower you to buy well based on your requirements.


How Do Fogging Machines Work?

Fogging machines (also known as foggers or fogger machines) release a fine fog of disinfectant and biocides into the air. This fog will typically remain airborne for approximately 10 minutes. After this time, the particles will fall onto surfaces within the room.

The disinfectant particles may also permeate crevices and soft materials, including upholstery and furnishings. These hard-to-reach areas often harbour pathogens which may not be killed by conventional surface-cleaning methods.


Types of Disinfectant Foggers

There are 3 primary methods of fogging: Dry fogging, wet fogging and electrostatic fogging:

  • Dry fogging typically involves particles of 10-15 microns in diameter
  • Wet fogging involves larger particles – typically 20-30 microns
  • Electrostatic fogging creates charged particles that actively cling to surfaces

Our ULV or cold fogging machines can be set to produce either wet or dry fog with a simple adjustment of the nozzle. Electrostatic fogging requires a more sophisticated machine – such as our Space Dragon 20 Electrostatic Fogging Machine Backpack.


Are Fogging Machines Effective Against Viruses?

Fogging can treat the air as well as both hard and soft surfaces. Because of this, fogging machines have become a popular tool in the fight against virus’s. The quick and minimally disruptive nature of the process makes fogging a go-to solution for businesses and organisations in a variety of sectors.

The precise effectiveness of disinfectant fogging depends upon the quality of the fogging machine and the type and strength of the disinfectant used. Certain formulations are effective against specific pathogens; others kill a broader spectrum of micro-organisms. Naturally, the usage instructions should be followed closely in order to achieve optimal results.

It’s important to understand that environmental conditions and a variety of other factors can influence the effectiveness of disinfectant fogging.


Why Buy a Fogging Machine from APT?

The pandemic has sparked a surge in demand for fogging machines. Unfortunately, much of this demand is being met by profiteers offering low-quality fogging machines for sale on platforms such as Amazon and eBay. Many of these sellers lack industry experience; many do not even hold insurance. Often, their disinfectant fogging machines are manufactured cheaply in China and may not comply with EU standards.


We Do Not Claim to Sell the Cheapest Fogging Machines in the UK…

Instead, we ask you to weigh our credentials against those of our competitors:

✔ APT is a UK-based company

✔ We have been a leader in the commercial cleaning sector for three decades

✔ We’ve served tens of thousands of customers across the UK and Europe

✔ We are a trusted supplier to the NHS and front-line service providers

Quality is Our Primary Focus

At APT, we have complete faith in the quality of the fogging machines that we sell:

✔ Our fogging machines are purchased from Europe

✔ Each machine comes with a safety kite mark and 3-pin plug

✔ Our machines are provided with a 12-month warranty

✔ You will receive a full user guide and RAMS (Reliability, Availability, Maintainability and Safety) documentation

✔ Many of our fogging machine & disinfectant packages include a free PPE kit

While many manufacturers supply their machines alone, our prices are inclusive of VIRO-KILL disinfectant


Fogging Machine Disinfectant Liquid

A fogging machine is only as effective as the disinfectant liquid it’s used with. By working with consultant chemists, we are able to ensure the conformity of our products.

✔ VIRO-KILL is an amphoteric-based disinfectant

✔ The product is powerful, fast-acting and low odour

✔ Food safe and suitable for use in food manufacturing/processing plants

✔ Can be purchased as a highly concentrated formula (Super Concentrated VIRO-KILL) or a ready-to-use liquid disinfectant (RTU VIRO-KILL)


Suitable Uses

VIRO-KILL is suitable for use in a diverse range of environments. These include public buildings, leisure centres, sports and social clubs, offices, schools, hospitals, nursing homes, food-preparation/transportation/processing environments and agricultural settings.


With Us, The Sale is Just the Start

Most experts believe that the pandemic will continue deep into 2021. Uncertainty around the creation of a viable vaccine makes it impossible to predict an end date to the current crisis. Added to this, societies are likely to embrace more stringent sanitisation measures to better protect public safety – even after the pandemic has ended.

With all of this in mind, it’s vital to buy a fogger machine from a supplier capable of providing long-term support.

At APT, we pride ourselves on our exceptional standards of customer care – both before and after the sale. Working with consultant chemists enables us to offer expert guidance, and we are happy to provide individually tailored pre-sale advice based on our 30+ years of industry experience.

You are welcome to reach out for on-demand support via our free-phone number: 0800 0723 773.

Explore the UK's Largest Range of Fogging Machines for Sale

When you buy a fogging machine from APT, you are choosing a company that’s supplied tens of thousands of customers throughout the UK and Europe. Why not explore our full range of fogging machines and experience the difference yourself?

Alcohol-based Hand Sanitisers Against Germs and Viruses


Bacteria and viruses can be dangerous for our health and we all know that washing our hands as often as possible with soap and water are the best protection for us. However, with the coronavirus infection, we all need to be extra vigilant and need to ensure that our hands are disinfected every time we touch something.

The World Health Organization and UK public health authorities recommend that we use alcohol-based hand sanitisers as the next best option. Consumers need to be aware that not all hand sanitisers are safe, and that during the pandemic there have been recalls of some because of the type of alcohol used. Additionally, alcohol based sanitsers UK don’t all have enough alcohol to kill bacteria and viruses.

Read on to find out everything you need to know about hand disinfectant use and safety.


What is the difference between alcohol hand sanitising gel and alcohol sanitizing liquid?

According to all the health specialists across the globe, alcohol-based hand sanitisers need to have at least 60% medical grade alcohol for them to be safe. Different types of alcohol may be used and on the labels of products it may be labeled as ethanol, isopropyl alcohol, or ethyl alcohol. Methanol should never be used in products meant to be consumed or used on the skin because it is toxic.

Additionally, hand sanitising gels and liquids cannot have more than 80% alcohol content. This is too strong for use on the human body.

Any product that indicates that it’s using another disinfectant ingredient may not be as effective at killing bacteria and viruses. Many sanitisers on the market have also been found to make false claims as they have no disinfectants in them. Consumers need to know that they may not be protected enough, and maybe not at all, with products that make false claims.

Therefore, whether you opt to use an alcohol sanitising gel or liquid, if they have more than 60% alcohol, they are both effective. Their only difference is that the liquid dries faster than the gel, and the gel leaves more of a residual biocide lowering the risk of cross contamination even more. Gel is not always preferred for use with spray bottles because it can clog their nozzle. Equipment and surfaces are easier to wipe down with alcohol sanitising liquid.


How does alcohol work to help fight against COVID-19?

This novel coronavirus is called an enveloped virus because its genetic material is coated in a lipid layer. Soap and alcohol are the two effective ways that this fatty layer can be dissolved. Once the lipid covering is dissolved, the binding cells that hold the virus together fall apart, rendering it harmless.

All soaps, liquid or gels have the mechanism to dissolve even enveloped viruses like the coronavirus. This is because soaps contain detergents and surfactants and these are naturally antibacterial. The same applies to shampoos and shower gels, they can be used if hand soap can’t be found. Dishwashing soap is as effective, but because it has ingredients to dissolve grease, it is harsh on the skin.

Alcohol has the exact same effect on the virus, and as it dissolves its lipid layer, the virus becomes ineffective.


How is it best to apply alcohol-based hand sanitisers?

Both alcohol-based hand sanitising gels and liquids need to be applied in a generous amount on the hands. The hands are rubbed together to ensure complete coverage, and excess product must not be wiped off, but allowed to air dry. This offers the best protection.

Surfaces and equipment can be wiped with the alcohol sanitising liquid and allowed to dry before they are safe to use.


How effective are hand sanitisers on dirty hands?

Hand sanitisers cannot remove grease and visible dirt from the hands. Soap and water are the best way to ensure that these are removed. APT Germ Free is used to ensure that grease and visible dirt is removed from hands.


Why should you buy a trusted UK hand sanitiser?

If you need to use sanitiser liberally throughout the day, then you need to know that it is effective against bacteria and viruses, yet soft on your skin.

If it is to offer all these you need to look for a trusted UK hand sanitiser that also has the right certifications.

APT is the trusted British manufacturer and supplier of sanitisers and have been serving their customers for over 30 years now. Their alcohol-based hand sanitising liquid and gel have always been preferred and with the pandemic, they have been used by the NHS, police, government departments, institutions, and businesses.


Fully certified and effective

Both the APT Liquid Hand Sanitiser and APT Gel Hand Sanitiser conform to the British and European Standards and have BS EN1276 and EN1500 certification. These independent test methods evaluate the effectiveness of the disinfectants and their safety.

APT products contain the highest bactericidal properties and kill 99.99% of all known germs. APT uses a 70% alcohol solution of surgical grade alcohol, making it highly effective at killing even the hardiest of viruses and enveloped infectious diseases like the coronavirus.


Kind to the skin and odourless

The frequent use of hand sanitising products can dry out the skin of the hands. When the hands dry out, the skin can break and this can result in infections. Also, some people are more prone to dermatitis which causes the skin to be more sensitive. APT adds skin conditioners and emollients to both disinfecting hand products to maintain the pH of the skin and protect it from drying out.

Another advantage of using APT sanitising gel and liquid is that they are safe to use in food production areas.


Other advantages of using APT alcohol sanitising gel and liquid

All businesses and organizations using the products reduce their costs because of the controlled amount of dispensed product.

Both the products spread across the surface of the hands easily and can also be sued to sanitise other surfaces, including trolleys, carts, handles, toilet seats, etc.

The refillable containers also help reduce the environmental impact and cut down on water use because they don’t need rinsing.

Hand Sanitizers and Hand Hygiene


Hand hygiene is more important now than ever before. We all know that soap and water are the best way to keep your hands sanitised, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, as we go about our business, we always need to be able to maintain our hygiene standards.

When we don’t have access to a bathroom, soap, and water, some excellent alternative products can be used for disinfecting our hands. Alternatives include hand sanitiser liquid, hand sanitiser gels, and disinfectant hand wipes. These products are now outselling all other disinfecting products across the UK. However, choosing the right product is more important now than it has ever been before.

Scientists and microbiologists agree that the key ingredients in these products are important if they are to be effective.


What can kill Coronavirus?

The coronavirus is known as an enveloped virus, and its viral genetic material is coated in a fatty layer. This needs to be dissolved so that the virus can be killed. The most effective way to dissolve the fatty layer is with soap or alcohol.

The ingredients in soap help to dissolve the fatty layer and immediately disperses its nucleic acid. When the virus falls apart, it cannot bind to our cells.

Alcohol has the same effect on the virus. The alcohol breaks down the lipid layer, and the virus immediately falls apart, leaving it inactive. Alcohol-based hand sanitisers break down the virus on contact, ensuring that you are safe.


How to choose a hand sanitiser?

If you want an effective hand sanitiser there are several things you will need to consider. First, hand sanitizers can only inactivate viruses if their alcohol content is at least 60%.

Sanitisers that contain very little or no alcohol are not effective at deactivating any viruses like COVID-19. These are hardly even suited to killing simpler bacteria and enveloped viruses.

Repeated use of an alcohol-based sanitiser gel or liquid can dry out and irritate the skin, especially if it is used often. Also, when the hands are visibly dirty, sweaty, or greasy, far more sanitiser is required to clean the hands effectively.


Why buy a trusted hand sanitiser UK?

APT is the leading UK manufacturer of hand sanitizing gel and liquid with over 30 years of experience. Their sanitising products are manufactured with ethical supplies sourced within the UK, and the products are all developed with a team of consultant chemist to ensure that they meet all the safety and disinfecting requirements.

In this article, APT has helped us understand why it is important to buy approved hand sanitisers. They also explained the difference between their Hand Sanitiser Gel and Hand Sanitiser Liquid.


Differences between gel and liquid sanitiser

Liquid hand sanitiser is more fluid and doesn’t easily get stuck in the nozzles of dispenser bottles and machines. That is why it is preferred for use with hand dispensers in public places, and liquid also dries faster than gel.

On the other hand, gel hand sanitiser allows for a controlled amount of sanitiser to be dispelled. Its consistency allows it to spread across the surface of the hands evenly. Once it is dry, the hands are disinfected.

Even though both gel and liquid sanitsers can be used to effectively wipe down other surfaces and equipment, liquid hand sanitiser is essential as the first line of defense against bacteria and viruses for all front-line staff.


EN Certification

Gel and liquid disinfectants need to be compliant with BS EN1276 and EN1500. These are the European and British standards for the antibacterial activity of chemical disinfectants. These standards are tested by independent laboratories to ensure they fight all harmful micro-organisms.

The disinfectants only receive a certification if they are proven to kill 99.99% of all these harmful viruses and microorganisms in 5 minutes or less. Liquid hand sanitiser is fast drying, and the minute it has dried, the hands or surface is disinfected.


Alcohol Content

Alarmingly, it has been found that most hand sanitisers have very little or no alcohol in them. This means that they are not capable of killing off any viruses, and they are unsafe to use.

Others again have a very high percentage of alcohol, in some cases 80% plus. This makes the disinfectants too strong for use on human hands.

Even though a minimum of 60% alcohol content is enough to kill harmful viruses, APT follows the guidelines recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the British Health Organization. Their medical-grade Alcohol Liquid Hand Sanitiser and Steri Gel both contain solutions of 70% surgical grade alcohol.

Hand sanitising gel and liquid should also never smell of pure alcohol. This can be very unpleasant and irritating for the user. APT ensures a consistent formulation in both their products, making them safe to use in all environments.

Both gel and liquid can be used safely in all environments, including hospitals, schools, care homes, transport, and food packaging and processing industries.


Protecting the hands and skin

A good disinfectant gel or liquid needs to protect the skin because for most of us we need to use them frequently throughout the day. If the formula of the disinfectant is harsh the hands dry out and the skin can break. This can lead to infections or dermatitis.

APT Hand Sanitiser Gel and Hand Sanitiser Liquid both have added skin conditioners and emollients to both products. This ensures the user's skin is protected from the drying effects of the alcohol.


Final Word

Even though many people have taken to wearing gloves in public to protect their health, Public Health England and the NHS don’t recommend this measure. The reason is that even though these provide a barrier between the hands and dirty surfaces, they do give people a false sense of security.

Additionally, their use is harmful to the environment and wasteful, and if they are worn for long periods, they also can irritate the skin. Disposable gloves need to be disposed of properly after every use.

Even though frequent hand washing with soap and water is the best way to avoid germs on our hands, alcohol-based hand sanitisers are highly beneficial for keeping them clean in-between handwashing in every type of environment.