How to Disinfect MTI Products During the COVID-19 Pandemic

 

In response to the outbreak of COVID-19, MTI has seen an increase in inquiries from customers asking how to disinfect our products. Our products have been tested with several cleaning products and solutions. The following specified cleaning chemicals (typically found in a medical environment) can help you disinfect MTI products during the COVID-19 pandemic and will not degrade or discolor the product. Included are recommended disinfectant products that are safe for use with MTI products and approved by the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

NOTE: When not using premoistened wipes, spray the disinfectant onto a lint-free cloth or paper towel prior to applying it to the equipment.

The following disinfectants are on the list provided by the CDC as suggested to sanitize against the Human Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The CDC has provided disinfecting procedures for COVID-19.

  • Isopropyl Alcohol Wipes (70%) - Note: Isopropyl Alcohol will not harm the plastic and metal parts, but can dry out the coating on cables and cause cracking.

The following EPA-recommended disinfectants have been tested safe to disinfect MTI products to sanitize against the Human Coronavirus.

  • DisCide Ultra Disinfecting Towelettes
Reg. No. 10492-4
  • Super Sani-Cloth Germicidal Wipes
Reg. No. 9480-4
  • Clorox Healthcare Bleach Germicidal Wipes
Reg. No. 67619-12
  • Virex II/256
Reg. No. 70627-24

The following EPA-recommended disinfectants haven’t been tested on MTI products but are similar to those we have tested:

  • Metrex CaviWipes 1
Reg. No. 46781-13
  • Metrex CaviWipes Bleach
Reg. No. 46781-14

More information from the EPA on recommended disinfectants for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) can be found here: https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectants-use-against-sars-cov-2

Note: Cleaning and disinfecting are two steps. Cleaning removes dirt, grease, dust and other contaminants. Disinfecting is a separate process that uses a chemical designed to destroy bacteria.

Cleaning your MTI Product

  1. To prepare for cleaning the equipment, power down the device (if possible), or if a touchscreen make sure your on-screen software can tolerate false touches while you clean.
  2. Do not get liquids inside the unit. Do not spray the MTI product directly. Instead, use wet wipes, a sprayed or dampened lint-free cloth with the excess moisture squeezed off.
  3. Select only non-abrasive cleaning wipes or cloths to avoid scratching surfaces.
  4. Avoid highly concentrated alcohol (> 70%), non-diluted bleach or ammonia solutions, as these may cause discoloration, and will dry out the coating on cables and cause cracking.
  5. Wipe the surfaces with the appropriate wipes or cloths and approved cleaning products, then allow them to dry.

Disinfecting your MTI Product

  1. To prepare for cleaning the equipment, power down the device (if possible), or if a touchscreen make sure your on-screen software can tolerate false touches while you clean.
  2. Dampen a new, clean, non-abrasive lint-free cloth with a disinfectant chosen from the list above. Ensure excess liquid is squeezed from the cloth. You may also use recommended pre-dampened wipes.
  3. Read the manufacturer’s instructions carefully. Many manufacturers require the surface to remain wet for a few minutes, so continuous wiping might be required.
  4. Disinfect the surfaces by wiping them with lint-free cloth or wipe, then allow the surface to dry.
  5. See above for a list of disinfectant solutions safe for use with MTI products.

Do NOT use the following materials when cleaning or disinfecting your MTI Product

  • Isopropyl Alcohol at concentration > 70%
  • Methyl alcohol or ethyl alcohol > 35%
  • Strong thinner/benzine, alkali lyes, solvents, or acids
  • Detergents with fluoride
  • Detergents with ammonia at concentration > 1.6%
  • Abrasive cleaners or detergents
  • Steel wool, abrasive sponges, cloths with steel threads or steel blades

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