What is an Electrostatic Sprayer?

What is an Electrostatic Sprayer?

Large spaces can be problematic to clean, especially if they contain several difficult-to-clean surfaces. A school, for example, requires janitors to clean and disinfect all classrooms, locker rooms, and restrooms, all within a limited amount of time.

Traditional wipes and course hand sprayers, can be  ineffective, require significant effort and can be prone to human error, including missed surfaces. One of the most important ways to prevent disease-causing pathogens spread is to perform regular and thorough disinfection on these surfaces. Electrostatic spray technology makes life much easier.

What does electrostatic spray mean?

Electrostatic spray technology helps facilities treat surfaces more quickly and on less time with cleaners, sanitizers, and disinfectants than traditional cleaning techniques. In other areas, such as agriculture, automotive, and tanning, the technology is well established, with more than 60 years of experience, but it has only recently been applied to surface disinfection.

Electrostatic sprayers deliver liquids by charging them in the direction in which they pass through a sprayer nozzle. These droplets are charged and seek out surfaces to adhere to and cover. They stick to surfaces and even wrap around to cover all sides. The spray sanitizes or disinfects hard-to-reach areas that manual cleaning may miss. The technology also helps avoid puddles often associated with trigger sprayers.

Where can electrostatic spraying be used?

Use electrostatic sprayers anywhere you currently sanitize or disinfect. Effective electrostatic sprayers can cover a large area in minutes, so school classrooms, public restrooms, cafeterias, kitchens, equipment rooms, offices, waiting rooms, and even vehicles can all be treated efficiently. Because surfaces are coated evenly, wiping is not required regularly, only periodically to keep surfaces polished.

Electrostatic spray technology can be tailored to meet facilities’ needs. Some facilities choose to use electrostatic sprayers as a substitute for manual cleaning and disinfecting methods like wipes and trigger sprays, while others use the technology as an additional step to augment standard cleaning and ensure comprehensive surface coverage.

What type of electrostatic sprayers are available?

There are a lot of electrostatic sprayer options out there, and one that's perfect for your facility may be just around the corner. Before buying, make sure they're dependable, safe, and easy to use.

Responsible manufacturers test the sprayers before putting it out on the market -- the chemical manufacturers run trials to figure out how the PPE for the operators and the others stack up when equipment like this is being used. 

Beware of companies that say you can spray anything with their sprayers, because they probably aren't aware of the effects certain chemicals have on people around commercial equipment like this. Make sure your sprayer is certified by one of the industry's top testing labs, and always read the label to ensure the EPA approves the use of this product in foggers or electrostatic sprayers.

Design of Electrostatic Sprayers

Sprayers come in a variety of models, including rolling cart systems, handheld sprayers, and backpack sprayers.

Handheld Electrostatic Sprayers

  • Operator friendliness
  • Certain Models can be heavy when filled with liquid
  • Battery Life is shorter
  • Tank Size is smaller
  • Good for tighter spaces

Backpack Electrostatic Sprayers

  • Great for large open spaces
  • Harder to carry
  • Liquid sloshes weight around while walking can cause potential balance issues
  • Longer Battery Life
  • Larger Tank Size

Battery Operated vs Plugin

There are sprayers that are powered by either battery or a standard plug to impart a charge on liquid as this is one type of sprayer, while there are other sprayers which are powered by a rope which can be plugged into an electric outlet. Despite the fact that cords make charging connections even more challenging, they are generally efficient and reliable, leading to better overall system performance. In order to achieve the full coverage needed to cover surfaces completely and evenly with spray and repel soil completely and without leave anything behind in any case, changeable batteries need to be readily available  powerful enough to cope with the electrostatic force of the charge needed to perform at the highest level. EI Solutions created a Dewalt electrostatic sprayer battery to allow the user an optimal experience.

A corded system has several inherent benefits, which lead to consistent performance. Electrostatic sprayers use air compressors that push disinfectant liquid away from the operator and toward the environment. Battery-powered sprayers don't have an air compressor, however some models give coverage and coating by including fans inside to blow the disinfectant away from the user. No matter what sprayer you choose, electrostatic technology can help you get more surfaces in less time, so you can keep your space cleaner while saving money.

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