How Do Electrostatic Sprayers Work, and How Effective Are They?

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This grim period in human history has managed to bring out the best in some of us.  The innovative, scientifically-inclined minds of our age have gone above and beyond with their research and production.  Electrostatic sprayers hit the market in 1941 to give cars an even coat of paint.  In the 80s they were a means of pest control by evenly distributing pesticides. And now they’re the latest move forward in disinfecting with commercial cleaning products.

What Are They?

Electrostatic sprayers take the old saying of ‘opposites attract’ to another level.  We all remember from elementary school science class that magnets of opposite polarity will stick to each other, while those of the same polarity will repel each other.  Electrostatic sprayers use the same concept for an even distribution of sanitation solution.

How Do They Work?

Inside the nozzle of an electrostatic sprayer, the sanitation solution is given a positive charge.  As it is released into the air they push away from each other, ensuring a wide and even coverage of the area being sprayed.  This means you will have an easier time disinfecting otherwise hard to reach spaces.  It will even work on atypically shaped objects and things that are sensitive to moisture, like keyboards, but they should not be sprayed directly onto electronics.  The charged particles will also actively and attach onto anything with a negative charge.  Generally speaking this applies to just about every surface such as floors, countertops, door handles, etc.  This means they’re effective anywhere, from gyms to schools to offices.

Where Should It Not Be Used?

Electrostatic sprayers are best used indoors on surfaces like floors, countertops, etc.  Outdoor surfaces such as a wood patio are porous, whereas indoor surfaces like glass or plastic are non-porous.  If it’s windy or very humid outside you won’t be able to achieve an even distribution.  While it can be used outdoors it’s less effective.

Sprayers shouldn’t be used in rooms with people in them.  This isn’t because they could be harmful, not unless you’re directly spraying near someone, but rather human contact interrupts the process.  The positive particles don’t create a barrier after making contact and disinfecting a surface.  The moment something is touched, it’s no longer completely sanitized.

Where Can I Find One?

While it’s suggested to use personal protective equipment like gloves and masks when operating a sprayer it’s not required.  Some sanitation solutions such as Envirocleanse A explicitly state that it’s not necessary to wear them while the product is in use.  To learn more about these sanitation solutions, as well as electrostatic sprayers, visit our store online.

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