How Chlorine Dioxide is Changing the World: Part 2


Written by: Selective Micro Technologies  

In Part 1,  we examined Selective Micro Technologies (SMT) products which offer pure chlorine dioxide (ClO2) point-of-use (just add water) micro-reactors, and spray and walk away capabilities, which makes disinfecting easier for the consumer. Now it is important to show why pure chlorine dioxide is a superior product you should consider using for your disinfecting, deodorizing, and sanitizing needs.   

The most popular disinfectants on the market today are chlorine bleach, ozone, peracetic acid, and hydrogen peroxide. When comparing pure ClO2 to these products, ClO2 outshines the competition in the following ways:

1.  Chlorine Bleach: corrosive and carcinogenic while pure ClO2: non-corrosive and non-carcinogenic

2.  Peracetic acid and Hydrogen peroxide: weak penetrators of bio-slime while pure ClO2: strong penetrator bio-slime

3.  Ozone: weak half-life whileClO2: strong and longer lasting half-life           

These aforementioned competitor chemicals are grandfathered in as a standard use protocol while most users are unaware of the capabilities these products are lacking and potential negative consequences they pose in addition.  Further, there is a natural problem with material incompatibility with most chemicals, which are also coupled with non-selective disinfection. These problems go away with use of pure chlorine dioxide. Pure ClO2 is very selective and non-corrosive, plus it delivers an added bonus of deodorization while disinfecting. Finally, ClO2 is necessary to avoid aggressive corrosion as commonly identifiable with chlorine bleach and ozone, amongst others. This is because pure chlorine dioxide equitably disinfects but at much lower concentrations than these standard products.

Improper Disinfection

In part 1, we quickly touched on improper disinfection, and how most hospitals, homes, and hotels while kept relatively clean, therefore are not then thoroughly disinfected which is the most important step of the cleansing process. SMT makes disinfecting easier for the end-users. The process is simple and can also be reviewed in part 1. Essentially, once a regular cleaning agent has been employed to remove organic deposits/debris, a surface disinfectant or sanitizer, such as pure ClO2 should be applied. Simply spray on the desired surface and walk away. You will return to disinfected and safe surfaces and materials without any worry or concerns for hazardous disinfection byproducts. Also, as a natural deodorizer, any odor associated with the previous mess will have been contained and eliminated as well, which is an added bonus with SMT’s pure ClO2.

 Remember: surface disinfection is not the same as cleaning; disinfection should always accompany or follow any cleaning protocol.