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Does Glen-20 kill COVID-19 Coronavirus?

Wednesday, March 25, 2020   Care, Commercial, News

Every day we’re getting enquiries about whether or not aerosol disinfectants such as Glen-20 kill the Coronavirus COVID-19 (SARS-COV-2). (Glen-20 is © Reckitt Benckiser)

The short answer: Yes. But you need to follow the manufacturer’s instructions in order to kill viruses including Corona. A light mist will not sanitise surfaces and kill the Coronavirus (or any other virus for that matter!). The active ingredient, ethanol 60%, must come in contact with the virus droplets. Leave one droplet, the virus can multiply and spread. (And the Coronavirus COVID-19 can stay alive for up to 3 days on hard surfaces such as plastic and stainless steel.)

So what are the guidelines to ensure Glen-20 and other ethanol-based aerosol disinfectants will kill Coronavirus COVID-19?

    • Shake well. Hold container upright 15cm to 20cm from surface.
    • To disinfect hard surfaces: Spray precleaned surface until wet. Allow to stand 10 minutes to air dry. For highchairs and toys, rinse off thoroughly with water. Not intended to be used on medical devices.
    • To kill and control the growth of mould and mildew: Spray precleaned surface until wet. Leave 10 minutes to air dry. Repeat applications as necessary.
    • To eliminate odour-causing bacteria on soft surfaces: Always pretest on a hidden area of fabric to ensure suitability. Spray a light even coating on fabric until wet. Do not saturate. Let air dry. For difficult odours or heavy fabrics, repeat application. Reapply as necessary.

Other liquids you can use:

  • TGA-registered hospital grade disinfectants (check the label for the words ‘hospital grade’)
  • Bleach (need to check the label to see how much to dilute, can vary widely between manufacturers)
  • Hydrogen Peroxide 3% (sold mainly in chemists) – again, check the label
  • Disinfectants that contain at least 60% ethanol – 70% w/w is the ideal concentration (so slightly higher than Glen-20)

Please get in touch if you’d like more info, a free audit to ensure you’re sanitising all of the high-use touchpoints at your workplace or home, or if you need to organise proper contamination cleaning in case of a confirmed case of COVID-19 Coronavirus. email Carolyn on carolyn.uzelac@teamacw.com.au – we have teams on standby in all States and we’re here to help. Stay well!

Other useful links:

https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/coronavirus-covid-19-current-situation-and-case-numbers#in-australia

https://www.cdc.gov/infectioncontrol/guidelines/disinfection/disinfection-methods/chemical.html

https://www.health.gov.au/resources/collections/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-resources

https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectants-use-against-sars-cov-2

https://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/handle/10665/331140/COVID-19-022020.pdf