How to Properly Disinfect Hard Surfaces
Thursday, March 12, 2020

How to Properly Disinfect Hard Surfaces

Cold and flu season is an important time to make sure you are properly disinfecting your hard surfaces. When a global outbreak such as COVID-19 happens, it is even more imperative that you are routinely disinfecting high-touch surfaces in your facility.

How long can COVID-19 survive on a surface?

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), COVID-19 is behaving like other strands of coronaviruses. While they are still uncertain how long COVID-19 can survive on surfaces, it is estimated that it can persist on hard surfaces for anywhere between a few hours to several days.

How do you properly disinfect a surface?

Make sure to review all disinfectant label instructions before use for proper dilution rates and appropriate applications of the product.

When it comes to disinfection, there are two C’s to keep in mind – cleaning and contact time.

Before using a disinfectant, make sure to clean the surface with a general cleaner, such as Task™. Make sure to remove all visible dirt and soils prior to applying the disinfectant.

Once the surface has been cleaned of visible dirt and soils, apply the disinfectant. Spray the surface with the disinfectant until the surface is visibly wet. The surface must remain visibly wet until the recommend contact time has been met. So, for a disinfectant that has a 5-minute contact time, the surface must remain visibly wet for 5 minutes. If after 3 minutes the surface starts to dry, reapply the disinfectant to be visibly wet again for the additional 2 minutes.

What are high-touch surfaces?

High-touch surfaces are objects that many people come in contact with numerous times throughout the day. Some of the most common surfaces that require constant disinfection include:

  • Door handles and handicap access buttons
  • Elevator buttons
  • Light switches
  • Stair railings
  • Chair handles
  • Reception desks
  • Sink faucets and kitchen cupboard handles
  • Fitness/rehabilitation equipment
  • Credit card readers and cash registers
  • Waiting room tables
  • Public use pens/clipboards
  • Vending machines

How can State help?

COVID-19 is a new strain of the human coronavirus. At State, we have disinfectants that have demonstrated effectiveness on hard, non-porous surfaces against viruses similar to COVID-19. Therefore, per EPA Emerging Pathogen Policy, these products can be employed against COVID-19 when used as directed. We also have products on List N: EPA’s Registered Antimicrobial Products for Use Against Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, the Cause of COVID-19.

Triple Quick is a ready-to-use hard surface disinfectant on EPA List N. The best part about Triple Quick? It only has a two-minute contact time. This is the shortest contact time of all State disinfectants, making routine disinfection of high-touch surfaces possible in a timely manner.

Quick Defense NDC™ is a super-concentrated, pH neutral, broad spectrum disinfectant. It has State’s second fastest contact time at five minutes. Being that Quick Defense NDC is a concentrated option, make sure you follow all label instruction for proper dilution.



If you would like a quote on one of State’s disinfectant products, call 833-699-7864 to be put in touch with your local representative.

Or, refer to our CONTACT US form.



The most up-to-date information regarding the COVID-19 can be found at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/summary.html.


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