Here’s a pop quiz for you. Which one of the following statements describes “dwell time”?
Trick question. They’re all descriptions of dwell time. But the one you should be most concerned about is D. That’s the description we at Cyclone Kleen Up pay special attention to. This is an EPA specified time period that’s required for a disinfectant to do its job, usually around 10 minutes, to assure compliance. It’s not always listed as “dwell time”. Sometimes other terms such as “contact time”, or “must remain wet for” are used, but they all mean the same thing.
By the way, just because you waited a certain period of time for one product does not mean that’s how long another product needs to work. Dwell time is product specific. All disinfectants are tested and labeled for the specific amount of time they must be in contact with the surface to kill the microbes. This is very important, especially when disinfecting due to the Coronavirus.
If you’re cleaning floors, dwell time can save you a lot of work and will allow you to do a better job by laying down the cleaner and giving it time to loosen the soil before you try to mop it up.
For best results, we recommend using a two-step cleaning process to help avert the spread of disease-causing pathogens:
Unfortunately, we often work under the premise that time is money, so we tend to hurry things along. But this is a part of the job that’s too important to ignore. So if you don’t want to experience the equivalent of watching paint dry, use your time wisely while waiting for the disinfectant or cleaner to do its thing by keeping busy with other jobs that need to be done. But be sure to use a timer so that you don’t allow too much time to pass and the chemical dries up. If you do, you’ll have to reapply the solution and wait again.