As we brace to deal with COVID-19 across the country, we need to make sure we are taking proper cleaning precautions, especially in public areas. The EPA has released a list of approved disinfectants and cleaning agents (List N) that effectively kill the virus.
The list is long and covers many different types of solutions. We’ve made cleaning guidelines based on the types of surfaces we provide. When in doubt, always check with your local solutions expert or the EPA’s current list of approved cleaners.
The majority of disinfectants on the list released by the EPA are safe to use on MFMA wood sports floors. Use of these cleaners for an extended period of time may lead to a buildup on your floor that would simply need to be removed before your next recoat is done. If any of these cleaners leave a film on your floor, in which case, we recommend wiping away with a small amount of water.
Hydrogen peroxide based cleaners can potentially cause damage if they are used on newly installed or raw wood that doesn’t have enough finish, but this is a rare case. Bleach has a high probability of damaging your wood floor. For synthetic floors, avoid using ammonia-based products.
The majority of cleaning agents listed by the EPA are acceptable. However, abrasive scrubbing agents can be damaging to your countertops. Chlorine bleach is damaging to most epoxy and phenolic resin, as well as stainless steel. A diluted bleach solution is okay for wood countertops. Read more about caring for your laboratory countertops.
According to the EPA’s website: “When purchasing a product, check if its EPA registration number is included on this list (List N). If it is, you have a match and the product can be used against SARS-CoV-2. You can find this number on the product label – just look for the EPA Reg. No. These products may be marketed and sold under different brand names, but if they have the same EPA registration number, they are the same product.” When in doubt about a cleaners effectiveness against infectious disease always consult the EPA’s guidelines. Things can change daily and they will have the most up-to-date information. If you’re curious about a cleaner’s use on any of your products contact one of our solutions experts.