Methods of Application

 

Whatever detergent and disinfectant are selected, it is important that:

  • Storage, dilution and application be straightforward
  • All needed equipment be provided and in good working order

Spraying versus mopping. Mopping = Slopping. Spraying is always preferable over mopping whenever possible.

Spraying:

  • The advantage of spraying/foaming as a method of application is that the disinfectant doesn’t get contaminated by organic material as it would in a mop bucket, and takes less time.
  • Commercial sprayers can be set to automatically supply the correct dilution.
  • Hose-end or high-pressure sprayers/foamers coat the area to be cleaned more effectively than hand-held spray bottles, and should be used whenever practical.
  • Animals must never be present when this is used.
  • Although a high-pressure sprayer/foamer may reduce the need for scrubbing, no matter what system is used, caked on organic material still needs to be mechanically scrubbed using a brush or mop.

Mopping:

  • Mopping should be avoided if possible.
  • Mopping or wiping on disinfectant using a paper towel is generally less efficient than spraying/foaming.
  • However, it may be the only practical option in some circumstances, such as in rooms without drains or where the animal stays in the cage while it is cleaned (spot cleaning).
  • Mopping does have the advantage of reduced aerosolization of disinfectant and moisture.
  • A potentially MAJOR disadvantage of mopping (or the use of a bucket, and rags or brush for cat cages) is the potential for the cleaning solution to get heavily contaminated by organic matter.
  • Over the course of cleaning a number of cages/runs or a large floor surface, it can render the disinfectant ineffective, spreading disease through the contaminated water.
  • A solution for this, particularly when cleaning cat cages, is to use a separate rag or new paper towels for each cage. Even so, buckets of disinfectant should be emptied, rinsed and refilled between cleaning each ward or area (excluding Prevail)