Fogging

 

What is Fogging?

It is a long-standing, tried, tested and effective method of sanitising and disinfecting areas. It uses a formulation sprayed from a fogging appliance to create fog-like mist in the room. It is a highly efficient and effective way to disinfect surfaces, difficult to reach areas, along with small and confined spaces.


How effective is fogging?

Fogging is effective because the droplets emitted from the appliance are not only micron-sized but widely dispersed. The method results in optimum coverage, which you can’t achieve with traditional cleaning methods.
 

How do you use a fogging machine?

Fogger machines can be hand-held or static, simply pour in your safety-approved and desired formulation and thoroughly fog the designated area (while adhering to the relevant PPE protocols).
 

Where can you use a fogging machine?

Fogging appliances can be used indoors or outdoors. They are diverse products that come in all shapes and sizes. Larger models can be used by farmers spraying pesticide on their crops. Smaller and more compact hand-held models are widely used in hospitals, hospitality businesses, or by cleaning businesses in offices or warehouses, among others.

When using foggers to clean large areas, they can be very effective. The Hurricane ES, for example, is up to 20x faster than manual cleaning methods.
 

What PPE and RPE do I need to wear when fogging?

Requirements for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) will vary depending on the application scenario, location and the chemical agent being used. Always read the chemical product label for information on what PPE & RPE to wear for the application.

For example;

When doing routine precautionary disinfection fogging applications in open plan and well ventilated domestic or commercial areas, read the product instructions and guidance and wear at least a disposable face mask and eye protection. Alternatively when doing a disinfection fogging application in a medical or known virus scenario, read the product instructions and guidance, wearing of full PPE and RPE is recommended.

Also give consideration to the length of time you will be fogging and may be exposed to the chemical agent. Always read instructions and guidance on the chemical label. 

Our recommended disinfectant solution is Steri-7. Find the Steri-7 Technical Information here. 

For more information on PPE & Fogging can be found on the HSE website.

 

Disinfection

 

What is disinfection?

Disinfection is the elimination of all organisms that are alive and reproducing. Disinfection products kill or inactivate microorganisms, including bacteria, fungi, and viruses on inert surfaces. Some of the common disinfecting agents do not inactivate bacterial spores, but products that include hydrogen peroxide do control the spore stage of bacteria. Disinfectants work by destroying the cell wall of microbes or interfere with their metabolism. Disinfection means to kill nearly 100% of the microorganisms on a surface. The bacteria and other organisms are reduced by 99.9999% (6 Log 10).
 

What is sanitisation?

Sanitisation uses chemical or physical agents to reduce microbes to a safe level.
 

Is fogging an effective method of disinfection?

Fogging is an effective method of cleaning and disinfecting areas. However, electrostatic fogging is more effective due to the more efficient dispersion and coverage of droplets. Provided you a fogging an efficacious disinfectant, it can provide the extra hygiene security that you need.

 

ULV Fogging

 

What is Ultra-low Volume (ULV) fogging?

The terms used to describe the amount of liquid applied include high volume (HV), very low volume (VLV), and ultra-low volume (ULV). The quantity applied depends on the desired surface coverage by droplets and the size of the droplets. The concentration of some disinfectants can be high, and they can be applied as a concentrate (undiluted) at ultra-low volume to surfaces. Droplets of around 8 to 10 microns are usually considered to be ULV, but this definition is variable.
 

What makes a ULV fogger different to a standard fogger machine?

ULV fogging releases a formulation (such as a disinfectant) in a fine mist to cover all areas. As this mist is released under pressure, the formulation can spread through open spaces and cover those hard-to-reach areas.

Find out more about ULV fogging here.

 

Electrostatic Fogging

 

What does electrostatic mean?

Electrostatic application for surface disinfection is a method of applying disinfectant formulations to a target surface area by applying electrostatic force of attraction. In short, the electrostatic feature emits an electrical charge on the droplets and disperses them across a certain area, thus providing comprehensive and efficient coverage.
 

How is an electrostatic fogger different to a standard fogger?

One of the many benefits of electrostatic spraying is that the electrostatically charged droplets resist joining into larger droplets on the treated surface, ensuring the optimal coverage required for an effective application. While the conventional fogging technique performs efficiently on horizontal surfaces, the electrostatic Hurricane ES also performs effectively on vertical surfaces, as the charged droplets will adhere more consistently to vertical and horizontal surfaces when compared to droplets with no charge.

In terms of economic benefits, the electrostatic application process takes less time to achieve the desired level of disinfection while significantly reducing cleaning costs, as it uses up less chemical and spreads more efficiently than conventional spraying methods.

Find out more about electrostatic fogging here.

 

Product Information

 

Is the Hurricane ES fogger battery powered?

No, to support the 3.8-litre tank capacity and high powered motor the Hurricane ES is mains powered for reliability and long applications. We are developing a battery-operated model.
 

Aside from disinfection purposes, what else can the Hurricane ES be used for?

This versatile product can also be used for pesticide and insecticide purposes. While we advise setting 3 for disinfectants, pesticides and insecticides are best used on settings 1 and 2.
 

My fogger has arrived but there was already a small amount of solution in the tank. Has it been used?

My fogger has arrived but there was already a small amount of solution in the tank. Has it been used?
No. Before we ship any of our foggers, we thoroughly test each one. As part of this testing, we add a small amount of water to the tank to test the motor and nozzles. The may be some residue from this, but it's nothing to worry about. We would never send out a product that has already been used.
 

What sanitisers can be used with the Hurricane ES?

The Hurricane ES takes water-based formulations.

Steri-7 Xtra is a highly effective disinfectant solution that can be used in the Hurricane ES in a multitude of environments. While being safe to use in offices, medical practices, and warehouses, it is also approved to disinfect food contact surfaces and equipment as it meets both BS EN 1276 or BS EN 13697 requirements.

Steri-7 advise a fogging ratio of 1:50 (2%). If you were to purchase a 5L bottle of concentrate, that would give you up to 250L of fogging formulation.
 

Where do I find the chemical concentration needed for the Hurricane ES?

The product label directions for mixing and applying disinfectant chemicals must be followed carefully. The label provides information on preparing the correct concentration, which determines contact time and its toxicity to microorganisms. Some disinfectants are single- chemical formulations, while others may be combinations of two or three chemicals; each has a role to play in the mixture. Commercial formulations of single or multiple-ingredient chemicals are unique and have specific mixing and application directions. Before application, the user must read and understand the label completely and follow all safety precautions.
 

What is the warranty policy for the Hurricane ES?

The Hurricane ES comes with a 2-year warranty. Please refer to the product manual for further information.
 

What is CE certification?

CE stands for Conformitè Europëenne. It is known as the European Union's (EU) mandatory conformity marking for regulating the goods sold within the European Economic Area (EEA). The CE marking represents a manufacturer's declaration that products comply with the EU standards regarding health, safety, and environmental protection. In short, this certification designates that our product is safe to use. 

 

Find more information on the Hurricane ES here.

 

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