(RTU Cleaner) A Killer Dwell Time Makes Better Disinfectants

June 24, 2022

This post mentions the RTU Hard Surface Cleaner, you can view the product page here. It also mentions dwell time, or contact time, extensively. To learn more visit the CDC and EPA sites.

You asked and we listened! A couple weeks ago we conducted a survey asking you what kind of content you would like to see from Powell Industries. The overwhelming majority of you asked us for more product highlights! Let’s dive a bit deeper on the RTU Hard Surface Disinfectant Cleaner.

First, to properly understand what sets this disinfectant apart, we need to talk about dwell time.

What is dwell time?

Dwell Times Illustration

Dwell time or contact time, is defined by the CDC as the amount of time a disinfectant needs to remain in direct contact on surfaces to properly disinfect them. This is an important consideration when purchasing cleaning supplies for fighting viruses, especially coronavirus.

Dwell times vary by disinfectant and target organism type, like bacteria, virus or fungi. They range from 30 seconds to 10 minutes or more. 

Are you really disinfecting?

Disinfectant Cleaner Spray on Microfiber Cloth

Disinfectants may kill some of the organisms immediately upon contact. However, to kill 100% of microorganisms, it should to stay wet on the surface for the stated contact time. One common mistake people make when using a disinfectant is to spray and wipe immediately. Doing so doesn’t leave the disinfectant enough time to do its job. 

That’s why proper training on dwell time is essential to keep your office a clean and safe. But no need to memorize dwell time for your preferred disinfectant! Dwell time (also often labeled as contact time) can always be found on the label for any disinfectant product for reference. 

What is a “good” dwell time?

But life is busy! We don’t always have the time to wait for 15 minutes for a surface to be properly disinfected. Fast dwell times are not just a commodity but they’re essential when fighting viruses like COVID-19 but finding disinfectants with fast dwell times can be difficult. The most common disinfectant brands like Lysol or Clorox are effective but their dwell times often hover around 3-4 minutes and can go up to 10 minutes for certain viruses or bacteria.

The RTU Hard Surface Cleaner

So what makes the RTU Disinfectant Cleaner special? Four words: 1 minute dwell time. Not only is it 3 to 4 times faster than most common disinfectants but a one minute dwell time means less time waiting for the disinfectant to do its job and more time protecting customers and employees. Moreover, Powell Industries is currently running a sale on RTU Disinfectant Cleaner so you can get a case of 6 for $19.99 (for a limited time). Stop waiting around for your disinfectant to do their job so you can get back to yours!