Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
ATP stands for adenosine triphosphate, a molecule found only in and around living cells, and can therefore be used to measure the concentration of microorganisms and the level of contamination.
The scientific measurement of ATP testing are Relative Light Units (RLUs). The lower the RLU number, the more hygienic (less contaminated) the sample. Higher RLU levels indicates a surface may contain infectious disease-causing germs.
The difference is important as application techniques may or may not reach all sides and facets of a surface.
Fogging and spraying only reach surfaces in the direction of the spray. They do not reach the back or undersides — such as the underside of handrails, or sides of door handles.
In contrast, electrostatic application creates a positive electrical charge of particles that aggressively cling to the front, back, and sides of surfaces. This fully wraps the treatment around surfaces ensuring a full and complete coverage.
Disinfecting….. Kills 99.9 percent of germs (such as coronavirus) on hard surfaces. Cleaning should proceed all disinfecting, and all disinfectants must remain on the surface for the full recommended dwell time.
Sanitizing……… Reduces (does not kill) microorganisms by 99.9 percent — the level deemed safe for humans by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) — (99.999 percent in 30 seconds or less in food service settings). Sanitizing cannot kill viruses.
Cleaning………. Is the process of locating, identifying, containing, removing, and properly disposing of unwanted substances from a surface or area. Cleaning usually involves soap or a cleaning formula and requires some form of agitation, such as hand rubbing or a sponge.