Choosing the correct disinfectant product can be a minefield, even when you only have hard, non-porous surfaces to consider – things like furniture, hand rails, worktops and doors.
This task becomes even more complex when your environment contains soft, porous surfaces that may also present an infection risk. This could be anything from the upholstery on office chairs, to the curtains in a retail changing room, or the vinyl mattress in the back of an ambulance.
Soft surfaces present a unique disinfection challenge
Soft surfaces contain ‘pores’ – tiny holes that give bacteria and viruses a place to hide from the compounds we would use to kill them. Any material that allows air or moisture to pass through it is porous.
Porous surfaces present a further challenge because unlike hard surfaces, they retain a certain amount of the chemical or compound applied during cleaning, and over time, this can damage the material. It’s common for porous surfaces to become stained, faded, or even dry and cracked as a result of regular disinfectant application. Once damaged, the surface then becomes an even more significant infection risk, and manufacturer’s warranties may become void.
While some disinfectants will damage a soft surface over time, others can cause immediate harm. Typically enough, the substances that do this are also the ones that are most often used to eliminate bacteria and viruses, namely alcohol, and sodium hypochlorite – or bleach, as it’s commonly known.
Alcohol-based disinfectants are not suitable for use on some fabrics, particularly synthetic fibres, as they can cause fading and staining. Alcohol is unsuitable for commercial-scale spray application because it’s highly flammable. And if you’ve ever accidentally splashed bleach on your clothes, you’ll know that it also causes colour loss on all fabrics and soft materials – not to mention being a fairly harsh chemical with a strong and unpleasant odour.
So how can you disinfect soft surfaces?
There are lots of products on the market that are suitable for use on soft surfaces. These products don’t contain any of the compounds that damage porous materials, but unfortunately, this often means they can only be described as sanitisers, and not disinfectants. They do kill pathogens, and are definitely better than using nothing at all – but they don’t achieve the level of germ kill required to be certified as disinfectants.
To effectively eliminate bacteria and viruses on soft surfaces, it’s important to seek our approved disinfectants that have other compounds as their primary ingredients.
Ramsol contains no alcohol or bleach – so how does it work?
Ramsol is formulated with Quaternary Ammonium Compounds (known as QACs) for powerful disinfectant performance that is also safe for use on both hard and soft surfaces. QACs work by denaturing the proteins that are the building blocks for bacteria and most viruses, causing them to break down and die. QACs are proven effective against enveloped viruses (including SARS-CoV-2), bacteria, fungi and yeast.
Sometimes used as a preservative in fabric softeners, QACs are completely safe to use on textile and other porous surfaces, with no staining or fading.
How effective is Ramsol?
Ramsol is a highly effective disinfectant that is effective against bacteria, viruses, fungi and yeast. It complies with BS EN standards 1276, 1650, 13697 and 14476, which means it’s suitable for use in medical and food preparation environments.
- Ramsol has been proven to eliminate bacteria including E. coli, Enterococcus hirae, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus.
- Ramsol is effective against all enveloped viruses including SARS-CoV-2 and other coronaviruses, influenze, herpes, hepatitis, measles, rubella, rabies and HIV amongst others.
- Ramsol is also effective against fungi and yeast including Candida albicans and Aspergillus brasiliensis.
We make Ramsol’s test reports available to customers upon request. To receive a copy, or for further information on the many soft and hard surfaces that can be safely and effectively disinfected using Ramsol, email firstname.lastname@example.org