How Long Do Viruses Last On Surfaces?
The recent COVID-19 pandemic has transformed our thoughts on hygienic cleaning practices. No longer are we satisfied wiping down surfaces with a rag containing mild soap and water. We’re more concerned with understanding how long viruses last on various surfaces and what we can do to remove virus bacteria to make our homes and offices safer.
A Closer Look At Different Surfaces
To understand where you’re most susceptible to virus-ridden surfaces, and how long a virus lasts on surfaces, it’s important to first look at each type of surface individually. Viruses can live on various types of surfaces for different times frames. Here’s a look at some of the most common surfaces that you likely come into contact with throughout the day and how long the virus can live on each one:
- Glass (mirrors, windows, drinking cups) – 5 days
- Ceramics (mugs, dishes) – 5 days
- Plastics (milk containers, detergent bottles, bus seats) – 2 to 3 days
- Stainless Steel (appliances, sinks, pans) – 2 to 3 days
- Cardboard (shipping boxes)- 24 hours
- Aluminum (soda cans, tinfoil) – 2 to 8 hours
- Copper (pennies, cookware) – 4 hours
- Paper (mail, newspaper) – A few minutes to 5 days
Other Factors That Determine How Long A Virus Lives On A Surface
As you can infer from the information above, viruses can last on surfaces from a couple of hours to almost a week. While the surface’s actual composite material plays a large role in how long a virus lasts, it’s not the only determining factor. Rather, there are many other factors that can influence how long a virus lasts on a specific surface. These include:
- The Amount Of The Virus That Was Deposited On The Surface
- The Temperature Of The Environment
- The Humidity Around The Surface
Proper Cleaning Methods Are The Key To Safer Living
It can be quite uneasy to learn that viruses could be lingering on your countertops, desks, and door handles for days on end. Seeking out the proper cleaning methods can help put your mind at ease and keep your family and coworkers safe. PCT Disinfecting offers a large variety of virus protection cleaning methods.
This type of electrostatic disinfection works great for viruses that last on surfaces of all varieties in large areas. Most prominently used in hospitals, medical facilities, schools, daycares, and office buildings, electrostatic fogging has been approved as an effective disinfecting method for the COVID-19 virus.
Unlike dry dusting, where particles are redistributed into the air, electrostatic fogging works by shooting a mist of positively charged sanitizing particles. Due to the positive charging of these particles, the sanitizing mist adheres to all areas of surfaces. Once adhered, the sanitizing agent goes to work disinfecting surfaces.
It doesn’t matter how long a virus lasts on surfaces when you have electrostatic fogging performed. This method allows for an extremely safe cleaning method that doesn’t redistribute virus-ridden particles. It even works to get into those tough to reach places due to its mist-like application.
Antimicrobial Surface Protectant Offers 90 Days Of Protection
While properly cleaning surfaces to get rid of the virus that is left behind is a must, protecting those surfaces in the first place should be your next thought. With Bioprotect, a water-based antimicrobial technology, your home or office can enjoy continuous protection from viruses for up to 90 days.
Bioprotect is applied via a mist method like electrostatic fogging. When it adheres to the surface, it forms a covalent bond that creates a microbiostatic antimicrobial coating. This coating works to attract harmful bacteria and pierce the bacteria’s cell, causing it to die. With an easy spray and go application, this antimicrobial surface protectant can provide up to 90 full days of protection against harmful viruses.
Ensure Your Family And Coworkers Are Safe From Viruses
As you’ve discovered, viruses can still be a threat days after they come into contact with the surfaces around you. To protect your family and coworkers, it’s best to contact PCT Disinfecting. We can provide both electrostatic fogging and antimicrobial surface protectant for your home and office.