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Fogging Machine – Why you should buy from a reputable UK supplier

Fogging Machine – Why you should buy from a reputable UK supplier

The onset of COVID-19 has had an unprecedented effect on the need for cleaning and disinfecting. To eliminate the pathogens that spread the virus, it has become imperative that pathogens are eradicated on surfaces where they are likely to linger.

Deep cleaning and sanitizing of surfaces are now essential for all types of environments, and especially in areas where people congregate. These include domestic, educational, industrial, and areas where people gather socially.

Classical cleaning methods with disinfectant and towels have proven to not be as effective in removing dirt, germs, and impurities from most surfaces. This is because these methods cannot reach into all the nooks and crannies, and often cleaners miss certain spots where germs lurk.

One of the most effective methods for disinfecting any area, whether it is a small apartment or a big public building, is with a fogging machine.

What is a fogging machine?

Used to generate fog or smoke in a dense vapor, fogging machines are devices that have long been used in many industries. In agriculture, they are used for stock and plant spraying. They are also used for public health to disinfect against viruses and for pest control, especially in hospitals and public buildings.

Depending on the type of chemicals to be used to create the fog, there are thermal and cold fogging machines available.

Fogging application methods

There are three types of fogger application methods. These include dry, wet, or electrostatic fog. The main difference in these methods is the droplet size and a good quality fogger should allow for the regulation of spray volume and droplet size. These should range between 5 and 50 microns.

Wet fogging uses larger droplets of about 20 to 30 microns and is ideal for the application of disinfectants, mould control, and targeting areas requiring insecticide. The fog disperses large droplets that coat all surfaces with the wet solution.

Dry fogging uses smaller droplets of about 10 to 15 microns. These are usually achieved by using thermal foggers and are ideal for dispersing their small particles over a larger area. There is a downside to using dry fogging methods because the area needs to be fogged twice to ensure the same coverage as with a wet fogger. This is because the fine particles are easily dispersed by airflow or wind.

Electrostatic fogging sprays an electrostatic mist by using a specialized solution. The liquid within the electrostatic system is charged as it passes through the sprayer nozzle. These particles are positively charged, and they not only coat the surface they are sprayed on but also cling and wrap around them. These fogging systems are more expensive.

The best fogger to use depends on the application required. Weather conditions, the location to be sprayed, and what solution is used all dictate which the best fogging method and machine should be.

Consideration needs to be given to the type of furnishings an indoor area has so that the product used is suitable.

APT has been selling fogging machines in the UK for over 3 decades. Their hand-held foggers kill 99.9% of all harmful bacteria and infectious organisms, whether they are airborne or on a surface.

Viro Kill is the recommended product for efficient fumigation with APT fogging machines. Not only does it infiltrate all surfaces, including soft furnishings, but it is also food safe. It can, therefore, be used in industries that process and manufacture foods.

The versatility of using a fogger

One person with a fogging machine can easily disinfect a large area completely. They are easy to carry, and some of the machines available can spray up to 12 meters away. They are useful in all types of environments, including hospitals because they are one of the most effective methods for killing pathogens and sanitizing.

How a fogging machine works

Foggers have a tank where the liquid antiviral disinfectant concentrate is diluted, according to the type of application required. APT’s Viro Kill contains readily biodegradable materials, and its bactericidal activity conforms with the British and European standards against bacterial and viral organisms, including Staphylococcus aureus, Enterococcus hirae, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Escherichia coli.

Once the machine is filled, it can be used by regulating the pressure for the mist with a valve. The disinfecting chemicals can be dispersed into diverse areas and can disinfect all types of surfaces, whether they are hard or porous.

Areas that can be sanitized

Fogging machines are not only bought by cleaning companies, hospitals, and agriculture. They have now become standard equipment for businesses, medical practices, the food industry, and manufacturing industries.

They are extremely versatile because they can be used in indoor and outdoor applications and on all types of surfaces. However, APT does recommend that before any chemical preparations are used on delicate fabrics, these should first check by doing a small test sample. Directions on the sanitizing liquid should also be followed carefully.

Sanitization can be carried out in offices, classrooms, clinics, boarding, and hotel facilities. Also, at veterinarian practices, and food preparation installations. Farmers also rely on fogging machines for their dairy, pig, poultry and chicken sheds and hatcheries. This helps them curb the chances of any costly outbreaks. Humid areas like greenhouses, plant growing centers, and garden centers also benefit from fogging regularly to prevent the growth of germs and bacteria.

Effective room fogging directions

The first step is to get the fogging machine ready with the correct dilution of the disinfectant. For coronavirus disinfection, Viro-Kill can be used at 2% in the fogger. Even though the disinfectant is safe to use in all applications, the area must be cleared of all human and animal activity.

Proceed as follows:

ü  Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) must be worn, including eye protection. All clothing must cover the arms and legs, and sturdy shoes that cover the feet completely must be worn. Eye protection, chemical resistant or waterproof gloves, and a good mask or respirator must also be worn.

ü  All delicate surfaces must be tested to ensure they will not be damaged.

ü  Cupboards, drawers, and desks must be open to ensure that they are also sanitized within.  

ü  The fogging machine should be plugged into the area closest to the exit door of the room or just outside of it.

ü  Fogging is started from the back of the room at the top corner of the ceiling and the fogging machine needs to be adjusted to ensure not too much liquid is dispersed.

ü  As the person works backward toward the entrance, it must be ensured that a fine mist covers all surfaces. These include ceilings, walls, furniture, and floors.

ü  As soon as the room is finished, the machine must be unplugged and the door closed.

ü  The drying time of the disinfectant depends on the products and the droplet size, but the room should only be used again after the disinfectant has self-dried.

Deciding on a commercial fogging machine from a reputable UK supplier

Commercial fogging machines are by far the best method to use when sanitizing indoor and outdoor surfaces. Buying a commercial fogger from a reputable UK supplier allows for faster disinfection without any major disruptions to the organization or business.

With fogging sanitization, after the application, the micro-droplets reach all nooks and crannies as they slowly float in the air. This is something that cannot be achieved when cleaning is done traditionally. Besides their use for virus elimination, fogging machines are also used in pest control.

APT handheld fogging machine models, when used with their recommended disinfectant will:

ü  Destroy 99.9 % of airborne bacteria and infectious organisms

ü  Have a vast range of products suitable to all applications

ü  Offer quick and efficient results

ü  Are portable, offer complete control, and are easy to use

Best fumigation product for use with fogging machine

Viro Kill is recommended for use in fumigations with all APT fogging machines. The anti-viral disinfectant has many advantages:

ü  Only mildly alkaline, it is much safer to use than other harsh biocides

ü  It conforms to BS EN1276 and BS EN 14476

ü  It has a broad spectrum of activity that kills gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria

ü  Safer and easier to use because it is food safe, low odour, and free-rinsing

ü  Does not react to hard water and is biodegradable

ü  Highly concentrated and professional-grade cleaner and disinfectant

ü  Available in sizes that are suitable for private and heavy-duty commercial use and Ready to use (RTU) and super concentrated.

With six excellent models of fogging machines suitable for all applications, APT has been supplying the UK market for over 30 years now. Until recently, most people who bought foggers were in industries where fumigations are a constant necessity. Now, these machines are obligatory for almost every home, Airbnb owner, small business owner, medical professional, and educational facility.

Viral control is something that will be necessary for years to come. Investing in a fogging machine from a reputable UK supplier will be the best way for businesses to guarantee they move into a period of recovery without any unnecessary disruptions.

Fogging Machines – Your Best Weapon For Clean, Sanitary Spaces

Fogging Machines – Your Best Weapon For Clean, Sanitary Spaces

With the country corralled by Corona; keeping clean and sanitised has never been so important. Most of us have hand washing down to a fine art and are careful about our personal hygiene but how do we ensure our working environments and public establishments are safe to go back to, especially now that lockdown is easing? It is no surprise that thousands of domestic, industrial, educational and social settings are desperately looking for a solution that will help to eradicate all traces of the virus as they re-open their doors and this solution comes in the form of a fogging machine.

 

What Can a Fogging Machine Do?

Fogging machines are a powerful and versatile method to eliminate any kind of sanitisation problem including those pesky, sputnik-shaped Corona particles that can’t be seen with the naked eye. Not only will they get rid of COVID-19 but they also have the added benefit of being able to destroy pests, mould spores and other unwanted health hazards leaving everywhere squeaky clean, germ and virus free. These amazing pieces of equipment can be used inside and out; over an entire room or specific area for general deep cleaning, disinfection and deodorisation in order to achieve full sanitisation. It’s no wonder they are the go-to piece of machinery in an array of industries where germ control and meeting new government safety standards are the order of the day, 7 days a week.

 

How Does It Work?

The machine works by using pressure to release a fine mist of anti-bacterial and disinfecting chemicals onto hard surfaces and soft furnishings but also into the air to control nasty diseases (and smells!) at the same time. Most importantly they can be used with an antiviral disinfectant to kill pathogenic viruses making them effective weapons in our fight against COVID-19.

Infection control has reached paranoid proportions and rightly so. Corona has proved to be tenacious enemy and is able to survive on so many different surfaces – it is difficult to know where to start! Getting your hands dirty is a losing battle especially in a hospital, school or catering setting where footfall and fingerprints are high, but a fogging machine will do the dirty work for you. Easily carried by one person – it quickly gets to work reaching every nook and cranny of the area to be cleaned, meaning that rooms, wards and equipment are back in operation quicker than by traditional methods.

If you’re looking for a solution that offers the ultimate in sanitation and infection control, allowing your customers, staff and visitors feel safe, fogging machines could help you provide just such an environment, at a cost-effective price.

 

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.

 

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 b>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 EN1276, BS EN14476 & BS EN13697.

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.

The Best Brick Cleaner

Is it time to give your property a makeover? Do you need to smarten up your brickwork? Are you leaving bare bricks as a feature on your house renovation project? Do you need to get rid of graffiti?

Q - What do these all have in common?

A - They are all situations where you need the help of APT commercial chemicals.

When cleaning brickwork, it is false economy to buy a cheap product. You will end up using more of it and probably obtain poor results. At worst, a cheap product will not be well-formulated and could even cause damage. If you buy a good quality brick cleaner, you will ultimately obtain better results and save money on your project as there will be fewer issues.

But what is the best brick cleaner for your application?

With a variety of products available, it depends on the type of soiling that you need to remove. There are some key points to always bear in mind before selecting the product that you require:

  • soiling from airborne sources is seldom water soluble so you will need something more than just soap and water
  • products based on non-ionic surfactants struggle to break down the particular bonding between soiling and the brick's surface
  • brick surfaces and the mortar in between can easily be damaged on a microscopic and macroscopic scale by abrasive methods and pressure washing
  • cleaning chemicals need to be applied at the recommended dilution, left for short periods of time and thoroughly rinsed off

You can select from a wide range of acidic and alkaline cleaners in our online store including poultice cleaners and graffiti removal products.

  • for graffiti removal, our Wipeout range is the best. There are handy wipes for small scale fresh graffiti and a thickened gel for longer contact times needed for large scale operations and graffiti that has been there for a while
  • for cement and mortar stains, you should choose our acid based brick cleaner. The acid breaks down the chemical bonds within the cement and mortar, quickly dissolving it for easy removal by rinsing without reacting with the clay materials of the brick
  • the best brick cleaner for heavy soiling is actually a combination of an alkaline degreaser followed by treatment with our acid brick cleaner
  • for light soiling, our acid brick cleaner is the best way forward
  • on historic or delicate bricks where the surface is already degraded, the only method you should use is our poultice cleaner, anything else will damage the brickwork further

Other great brick cleaning tips

  • Soak the brickwork thoroughly beforehand as this will help to limit penetration of the chemicals into the bricks, reducing the chances of damage
  • Choose thickened cleaners if possible as these will be absorbed less thus reducing the chances of damaging your bricks
  • Begin cleaning with the least aggressive method
  • Apply the cleaner first to a small trial area that is not so noticeable in order to determine if you have chosen the best product for the job. This will also tell you if your bricks are likely to be damaged by the cleaning process you have chosen
  • High pressure washing can damage both brick and mortar so use only low pressure nebulous cleaning methods
  • If brushing is required, avoid the use of hard bristled brushes

Here at APT, using the best possible raw materials, we have developed a range of top quality brick cleaning chemicals. So buy the best products now via our online ordering system or talk to our experts if you are not sure what is the right product for you - 01495 308048.

What is Anti-Foam and Why Should I Use it?

You have just switched on your filling machine. The 25 litre containers start to move on the conveyor, the delivery nozzle drops into the first container. Suddenly all hell lets loose - chemicals everywhere. Why did this happen? Someone forgot to add the anti-foam.

Anti-foam is a chemical that is added in small quantities in order to prevent the formation of foam in a process. It is sometimes referred to as a defoamer, anti-foaming agent or foam breaker. There are subtle distinctions between anti-foam and a defoamer i.e. the former has a persistent effect and prevents the formation of foam whilst the latter has an immediate effect and destroys it after formation. The terms are often used interchangeably as the end result is the same. Quite often, an anti-foam can behave as a defoamer and vice-versa. They work by either puncturing or weakening the surface tension of the foam causing the bubbles to collapse.

Early anti-foaming agents fell into two main groups, organic and silicone based. The first anti-foams were light oils such as kerosene and vegetable oils. It was also discovered that fatty acids were effective too, but those proved to be rather expensive. Silicone antifoams have been around for a little over 50 years but they can't be used in applications where silicone causes surface disturbance e.g. in paint and ink applications.

Research continued into the manufacture of more and more efficient products, generally synthetic organic chemicals. The 1960s was perhaps the heyday of the development of oil based synthetic chemicals but when the oil crisis of the early 1970s arrived, prices of these materials soared. In order to make them commercially viable, they were emulsified and still found to work well. This ultimately led to the efficient anti-foam emulsions of today.

Whichever you choose to use, it should be used sparingly, in accordance with the instructions. Using too much will have a detrimental effect on your process, as can using the wrong type.

Why you need to use anti-foaming agents

The presence of foam inhibits processing speed and reduces the efficiency of circulating pumps. It limits the cleaning effectiveness of detergents, reduces the ability of cutting fluids and coolants to do their job and can lead to environmental concerns. Anyone reading this who grew up in the age before biodegradable detergents will probably remember the rafts of foam on rivers in and around industrial areas.

Anti-foams effectively control process foam in many different manufacturing situations, including:

  • Chemical manufacturing and formulating
  • Textiles
  • Food production and processing
  • Pulp and paper manufacturing
  • Paints and coatings
  • Pharmaceuticals

In engineering, anti-foam prevents machine tool coolants from foaming thus ensuring they retain their effectiveness, are circulated properly by the pump and do not overflow from the system. In an automotive application, the use of these products improves the performance of tank cleaning processes, particularly where detergent based degreasers are in use.

The printing industry needs to add anti-foam to ink in order to prevent the inclusion of air bubbles within the ink circulating in the presses. Any air bubbles will reduce significantly the quality of the final printed material. In addition, the surface active action aids wetting, enabling the ink to stick more effectively to the surface on which it is applied, ensuring a higher quality end result.

Here at APT, using the best possible raw materials, we have developed a top quality silicone based anti-foam that is perfect for any process that is not sensitive to the presence of silicones. So buy your anti foaming agent now via our online ordering system or talk to our experts if you are not sure if this is the right product for you - 01495 308048

4 Benefits of Ice Break as a Snow Removal and Ice Melting Product

Ice melting products aren’t always the most reliable, especially grit based products that can do a slow acting job but leave behind a messy residue. When you need something fast acting and reliable Ice Break is guaranteed to do the job and has been scientifically developed over many years to deliver consistently on the toughest patches of compacted ice and snow.

So what are the 4 reasons ice breaker is the best ice melting product you can purchase whilst putting together your winter supplies?

1.       It’s like Magic – Fast Acting Ice Melt

Let’s put this in comparison with the traditional ice prevention and removal products, which are salt based. Ice break has been scientifically tested and works at 8 times the speed of rock salt. During production, all of the liquid has been removed from a natural accruing liquid chemical source and what’s left behind is a pure, dry cake. This has been formed into light and small pellets which when dropped onto ice begin to react instantly. The pellets hurtle up to a high temperature and the ice melting process begins much quicker than with rock salt.

2.        Lasts for up to 48 Hours

Not only does it start to work instantly as an ice melting product, Ice Break lasts for longer than rock salt. An invisible layer is left behind once the pellets have melted the ice and this prevents liquid from forming into ice and bonding with the ground below. Salt based products only last for up to five hours in most scenarios and that is why you often see gritters out over consecutive days when cold weather hits. They are used to plough away the snow whilst dropping grit to remove the night’s ice.  Ice Break is a great proactive, preventative measure rather than the reactionary grit based products we are used to.

3.       Simple to Apply

The pellets mentioned earlier are easy to spread on an icy surface or as a preventative measure when the cold weather warning has arrived. You don’t need any special snow or ice removing equipment to lay them down and due to the heat of the pellets when they come into contact with ice, they cover a wider area than rock salt too. The Ice Break pellets allows for even distribution and do not leave behind a messy residue which is an all too familiar problem with grit based products.

4.       Non-Toxic

One of the misconceptions of certain ice melting products is that they can be toxic to humans and damage the surfaces they are being used to treat. This is not the case at all with Ice Break. It is non-corrosive and is safe to use on any surface, including vegetation, without worrying about leaving damage behind once the ice and snow has been removed.

Speak to APT about Your Winter Products

Snow removal and ice removal are tough jobs that we all have to consider when the harsh winter weather arrives. Especially those of us who require the use of commercial ice clearing products to ensure the safety of our staff and members of the public it can be a constant worry.

If you are in the process of putting together your winter supplies and will most likely be facing ice removal on a regular basis over the next few months, give our team a call at APT. We’ve got a wide range of ice melting products, including different sizes and versions of Ice Break, which has been proven to be 8 times faster and covers 12 times the area of rock salt when used on icy areas. Used for office buildings, factories, schools, nursing homes, hospitals and other public areas, Ice Break is a commercial ice melter like no other.