Is Virkon better than bleach?

Virkon® has very much greater materials compatibility than hypochlorite and has been used on soft furnishings and carpets without adverse affects being noted. From a safety, health, and environmental perspective hypochlorite solutions may cause several concerns.

What is Virkon made of?

Virkon is a multi-purpose disinfectant. It contains potassium peroxymonosulfate (an oxidizing agent), sodium dodecylbenzenesulfonate (a detergent), sulfamic acid (a cleaning agent), and inorganic buffers. It is typically used for cleaning up hazardous spills, disinfecting surfaces and soaking equipment.

Is Virkon hazardous?

Potential Health Effects Skin : Irritating to skin. Eyes : Risk of serious damage to eyes. Inhalation : May cause irritation of respiratory tract. Ingestion : May be: Harmful if swallowed.

What disinfects better bleach or alcohol?

Alcohol. Rubbing alcohol products that are at least 70 percent alcohol will kill the coronavirus with less potential for damage than bleach. When using rubbing alcohol, don’t dilute it. Consumer Reports says rubbing alcohol is safe for all surfaces, but can discolor some plastics.

How long is Virkon active?

Virkon Spray Bottle
Activates within 5 minutes & is viable for up to 5 days.

How do you mix Virkon?

How to properly mix Virkon – YouTube

Is Virkon an alcohol?

70% (v/v) alcohol: 70% by volume absolute ethanol in water. Virkon: 1% by volume in water.

Is Virkon corrosive?

The assessment demonstrates that Virkon™ PROFESSIONAL is not corrosive to skin and does not cause sensitisation. A typical in-use dilution of 1:100 (1%) has additionally been shown to be non-irritating to skin and eyes, and is not a sensitising agent.

Is Virkon safe on skin?

Hazardous warnings : May be harmful if swallowed. May be harmful in contact with skin. Causes skin irritation. Causes serious eye damage.

What are the 2 types of disinfectants?

Disinfectants can be split into two broad groups, oxidizing and nonoxidizing. Oxidizing disinfectants include the halogens, chlorine, iodine, bromine, and chlorine dioxide, and oxygen-releasing materials such as peracetic acid and hydrogen peroxide.

What are the 3 levels of disinfection?


  • High-level (semicritical items; [except dental] will come in contact with mucous membrane or nonintact skin)
  • Intermediate-level (some semicritical items1 and noncritical items)
  • Low-level (noncritical items; will come in contact with intact skin)

Does Virkon cause rust?

It has a low acute toxicity, does not cause skin corrosion, does not cause sensitisation and is biodegradable.

What is the contact time for Virkon?

A minimum contact time of 1 hour is recommended for complete disinfection of virus, yeasts and bacteria with Virkon.

How long is Virkon stable?

It has a built-in colour indicator for effective disinfection capacity and contains detergent properties that combine cleaning with disinfection. Virkon is stable for seven days in solution.

Can Virkon go down the drain?

Virkon® Aquatic 1:100 solution represents no risk to municipal sewage works and so small quantities can be disposed of safely down foul sewer drains.

What are the 4 types of disinfectants?

Types of disinfectants include: Air disinfectants, Alcohols, Aldehydes, Oxidizing agents, Phenolics, Quaternary ammonium compounds, Silver, and Copper alloy surfaces.

What is the strongest disinfectant?

Formaldehyde – primarily available as a water-based solution called formalin, which contains 37% formaldehyde by weight – is used as a high-level disinfectant and sterilant.

What are 4 chemical products used for disinfection?

Chemical Disinfectants

  • Alcohol.
  • Chlorine and chlorine compounds.
  • Formaldehyde.
  • Glutaraldehyde.
  • Hydrogen peroxide.
  • Iodophors.
  • Ortho-phthalaldehyde (OPA)
  • Peracetic acid.

Is Virkon corrosive to metal?

When Virkon comes into contact with protein, chlorine is produced which will cause corrosion of metals. metal parts in excess of 10 mins. Dilute solutions have low toxicity and no irritancy; however the powder is moderately irritant to eyes and respiratory tract.

What is the shelf life of Virkon?

2 years
The shelf life of this product is 2 years from the date on the label.

Can chickens drink Virkon S?

In the final crucial days leading to bird slaughter, Virkon S can be applied to the drinking water (at a dilution of 1:1,000) to reduce cross-contamination in the poultry house.

How long is Virkon good for?

7 days
Solutions are stable for 7 days. Do not soak metal objects in Virkon®S Disinfectant and Virucide* for long periods – 10 minutes is maximum necessary contact time.