Where Are Quat-based Disinfectants Used

At Home:

On non-porous surfaces such as floors, counter tops, appliances, walls, toilet areas and fixtures.

In Healthcare Settings:

On hard non-porous surfaces in hospitals and other healthcare facilities, including nursing homes and medical research laboratories.

For Commercial Applications:

Registered for use in food handling/food storage establishments for use on the premises and on equipment, in flower shops, and for industrial premises and equipment. Other commercial sites include funeral homes, athletic facilities, hotels, barber and beauty shops, convenience and grocery stores, offices, laundromats, correctional facilities, emergency vehicles and transportation terminals.

In Schools:

On non-porous high touch areas in schools and daycare centers, libraries, gymnasiums, locker rooms and other areas where children and others convene. Disinfection in schools after routine cleaning helps control outbreaks of communicable diseases.

On The Farm:

Used in hatcheries, swine/poultry/turkey farms, dressing plants, farrowing barns, mushroom operations, citrus farms, and animal housing facilities.

As Wood Preservatives:

Help to remove and prevent mold and fungi that can cause wood deterioration over time.

For Industrial Processes and Wastewater:

Added to recirculating water systems, cooling water, disposal water and oil field operations water to control the growth of microorganisms.

In Recreational and Landscaping Water Environments:

Used on surfaces around swimming pools, hot tubs, and in ponds and fountains to disinfect and control algae.


What Affects the Performance
of Quat-Based Products?

Following directions is crucial.  Many products are registered to sanitize and clean and/or disinfect.  How the product is used and how long it is in contact with the surface affects efficacy.

The efficacy of quats in antimicrobial applications (uses that disinfect and/or sanitize) is highly formulation-dependent, because other compounds in the formulation may affect their performance.  As one leading textbook notes, “Some components in a formulation can reduce their efficiency, while others may synergize it or expand the spectrum of affected microorganisms. This facet has led to some confusion and apparent contradiction in the published literature as to the actual effectiveness of quats in their role as antimicrobials.”
– Microbiology page 30-38 vo. 156 2010 McCay, Ocampo-Sosa and Fleming pg. 30

For a list of microorganisms that quat-based formulations help to control, refer to product labels. Click here for a master list of what quats can kill.  Read More

Quat-based products are available as concentrated products, ready-to-use solutions, wettable powders, dusts and pressurized liquids.  They are water soluble and easily dissolved.  They are used in virtually every aspect of the human food chain from farm to table, in institutions such as hospitals and schools, and in commercial and industrial operations worldwide.

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