Why Log Reduction Matters For Surface Disinfection

Why Log Reduction Matters For Surface Disinfection

In the realm of disinfection, terms like "log reduction" often surface, signifying the efficacy of a product in eliminating microorganisms. The numbers associated with log reduction, such as 99.9% or 99.999%, might seem trivial, but they hold profound implications for the effectiveness of a disinfectant. Log reduction measures the decrease in the number of microorganisms, expressed in powers of 10. For instance, a 99.9% reduction equates to a 3-log reduction, while a 99.999% reduction represents a 5-log reduction. Each additional log reduction signifies a tenfold increase in effectiveness. Sounds complex? Let's break it down.

The Power Of 5-Log

A 5-log reduction, or 99.999%, is often considered the gold standard in disinfection. Why? Imagine a surface teeming with harmful microbes. Applying a 5-log reduction product like our Antibacterial Spray means reducing the microbial count by a factor of 100,000. In practical terms, if there were 100,000 harmful microorganisms on a surface, a 5-log reduction would leave just one behind. Studies reveal that everyday objects, from doorknobs to smartphones, can harbour thousands to millions of bacteria and viruses per square inch. For instance, an average kitchen sponge can host over 54 billion bacteria per cubic centimetre. Such microbial density underscores the need for robust disinfection practices.

Challenges With Lower Log Reductions

Products with lower log reductions may leave a substantial number of microorganisms behind. For instance, a 3-log reduction (99.9%) means 1 in 1,000 microorganisms survives. This is why household cleaning chemicals such as Dettol Spray are not suitable for high-risk areas such as Hospitals or Care Homes, where residual microorganisms could pose a risk for those who are Immunocompromised. When choosing disinfectants, opting for a 5-log reduction product ensures a more comprehensive and reliable defence against harmful microorganisms. It's about going beyond basic cleanliness to achieve an exceptional standard of disinfection, where the potential for infection or contamination is reduced to an absolute minimum.

Why Buy From Gompels

BS EN1276 stands as a testament to the commitment to excellence in disinfection. It establishes a robust framework for assessing the bactericidal performance of disinfectants, ensuring that products adhering to this standard contribute significantly to maintaining a hygienic and safe environment. All Disinfectants at Gompels are BS EN tested to ensure they are suitable for professional use, offering superior safety and peace of mind in environments where hygiene is non-negotiable.

By continuing to use our site you agree to us using cookies in accordance with our Cookie Policy. Accept & Close

Others also viewed

Does closing the toilet lid when flushing reduce the spread of germs?

Discover the latest research on restroom hygiene practices in care homes, revealing the unexpected impact of toilet lid closure and the critical importance of using effective disinfectants like Soclean Antibacterial Washroom Cleaner for enhanced safety.

Feb 19, 2024
Red Sea Attacks: Shipping Updates

Red Sea Shipping Updates and what it means for our customers.

Jan 03, 2024
Understanding COSHH in Care Homes

In the dynamic environment of a care home, the safety and well-being of both residents and staff are paramount. One crucial aspect of ensuring a secure and healthy workplace is understanding and implementing COSHH

Nov 20, 2023
A Pioneering Approach to Reducing UTIs in Care Homes

In 2012/2013, urinary tract infections (UTIs) topped the charts for emergency hospital admissions. The culprit? Dehydration.

Nov 15, 2023
Direct Gloving vs Hand Hygiene Before Donning Gloves Study

The demands on healthcare personnel, such as time constraints, high workload, and understaffing, are major barriers to strict adherence to hand hygiene. The use of gloves, while common and increasing, poses another hurdle to infection control.

Nov 08, 2023
Fun Parachute Games For Teaching Young Children

Parachute games possess a captivating quality that can enchant young minds, spark their imaginations, and encourage delightful teamwork

Aug 15, 2023
4 Captivating World Book Day Celebrations for Teachers: Nurturing a Love for Literature

World Book Day, a time when the literary realm comes alive with endless possibilities. As a dedicated educator, you hold the key to unlocking a world of imagination and creativity for your students

Aug 11, 2023
5 Imaginative Air Dry Clay Ideas for Kids: Unleash Creativity the British Way!

Ah, the wonders of air dry clay – a magical substance that brings out the artist in every child! With its pliability and easy-to-use nature, it's a fantastic medium for kids to explore their creative instincts.

Aug 10, 2023
Unravelling Ancient Egypt - Teaching Ideas For Children

Delve into some exciting and interactive teaching ideas that can introduce students to the wonders of ancient Egypt

Jul 25, 2023
How To Make Sensory Play Fun And Engaging

Sensory play refers to activities that engage the senses, including sight, sound, touch, smell, and taste. It can take many forms, including sand and water play, playdough, painting, and music and movement activities

Dec 20, 2022