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DISINFECTING FAQ

What is the difference between sanitizing and disinfecting?

Cleaning removes visible dirt, debris, and dust.  Sanitizing lowers the number of germs to a safe level as judged by public health standards - reduces but does not kill the occurrence and growth of bacteria, viruses, and fungi.  Disinfecting uses chemicals to kill germs rather than simply reducing them. Click to learn about our disinfection services.

What is the EPA List N?

This is a list of all EPA registered products that have been approved for use against SARS-CoV2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

How does the EPA know that the products on List N work against SARS-CoV2?

The EPA expects the products on List N to kill SARS-CoV2 because they:

​​  Demonstrate efficacy against the coronavirus SARS-CoV2

  Demonstrate efficacy against a pathogen that is harder to kill than SARS-CoV2

  Demonstrate efficacy against a different human coronavirus similar to SARS-CoV2

The EPA expects all products on List N to be effective against SARS-CoV2 when used according to label directions.

What does the column "emerging viral pathogen claim" indicate on the List N?

This means that the product has qualified for an emerging viral pathogen claim.  To do so, a product must be effective against a harder-to-kill virus than SARS-CoV2.  The disinfectant used by GermStop has an emerging viral pathogen claim.

What is an antimicrobial surface protectant?

Antimicrobials, also known as biocides, prevent the growth and spread of unwanted microbes.  Antiviral coatings offer the advantage of rendering viruses noninfective following contact with a treated surface.  Antimicrobial coated surfaces are not meant to be a substitute for regular cleaning and disinfection of surfaces, but rather offer an additional barrier to reduce human exposure to infectious viruses from high touch surfaces.

The micro biostatic antimicrobial barrier forms a covalent bond with the surface, creating an invisible layer of protection.  The coating forms a non-bed shield of spikes, each of which carry a positive charge that attracts the negatively charged microbes.  Once attracted, the molecular spikes pierce the cell and rupture its cell membrane, causing the bacterial microorganism to die.

Though Antimicrobials are EPA registered and protect against a number of viruses and bacteria, they are not approved

         for use against COVID-19.