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Cleaning and Disinfecting

Disinfecting Recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for Hard Material Surfaces

 

The COVID-19 virus is a growing concern for everyone in the world. The CDC recommends that you clean non-porous (hard) surfaces such as Boltaron® materials, with disinfectant products with EPA-approved viral pathogens claims that are effective against the virus that causes COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2). The CDC recommends the following disinfectants, which have been tested and are safe to use on Boltaron thermoplastics:

  • 70% isopropyl alcohol
  • Hydrogen peroxide (3%)
  • Bleach dilution in water (1/3 cup bleach per 1 gallon of water)

 

Avoid Cleaners Containing Quaternary Ammonium Compounds
In some cases, the CDC recommends using disinfectants containing quaternary ammonium compounds (QAC) such as ammonia or 409, however these chemicals should typically NOT be used on Boltaron® materials as they can have an adverse effect on the appearance of fire-rated thermoplastics. Clorox Disinfecting Wipes and Lysol Dual Action Wipes contain QACs, but have been tested and are safe to use on Boltaron® materials.

Be Sure to Follow Instructions on the Label

The CDC states that the most important parameter for killing the COVID-19 is contact time or the amount of time the disinfectant has in contact with the surface of the material/virus. When using disinfectants you should always follow the label instructions for concentration, application method, contact time and personal protective equipment (PPE). Also, make sure that the disinfectant is not expired.

Always remember to remove all cleaner and disinfectant residue with a clean, damp cloth so that nothing on the surface of the material remains, which could cause discoloration of the sheet.

How to Clean and Disinfect Material Surfaces

 

Boltaron® high performance materials are engineered to maintain their quality appearance for a long lifetime of use. Whether used for airplane seat parts, which need to withstand passenger abuse and rigorous daily cleaning practices, or for other applications in the medical, equipment manufacturing or architectural fields with similiar cleanability requirements, SIMONA Boltaron is committed to providing materials that stay looking great and last as long as you need them.

It is very important to note the difference between cleaning and disinfecting a surface.
Cleaning refers to the removal of germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces. Cleaning does not kill germs, but by removing them, it lowers their numbers and the risk of spreading infection. Disinfecting refers to using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces. This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs, but by killing germs on a surface after cleaning, it can further lower the risk of spreading infection.

SIMONA Boltaron relies on the CDC to provide the best guidelines for disinfecting hard surface materials and recommends that you clean the surface following regular protocols before the disinfecting process using the following steps.

    1. Wipe the surface with a dry cloth to remove all dirt or residue
    2. Spray the surface with an approved cleaning product*
    3. Follow the cleaning manufacturer’s instructions for the length of time to leave the cleaning solution on the surface to be effective before removing it
    4. Remove all of the cleaning solution residue from the surface completely using water and wipe dry with a clean cloth to prevent water spots


To disinfect after cleaning:

    1. Use a CDC recommended disinfectant** (70% isopropyl alcohol, 3% hydrogen peroxide or 1/3 bleach to 1 gallon of water) to disinfect the surface
    2. Follow the disinfectant manufacturer’s instructions for the length of time to leave the cleaning solution on the surface to be effective before removing it
    3. Remove all of the cleaning solution residue from the surface completely using water and wipe dry with a clean cloth. Leaving residue on the surface could cause material discoloration


*See list below for SIMONA Boltaron tested cleaners. **Avoid using quaternary based disinfectants.

Cleaning Steps Boltaron

Clean with Confidence

 

SIMONA Boltaron has manufactured its industry leading thermoplastic materials for more than 25 years, continuously testing new cleaning products to verify their safe impact on material color and performance properties. The following broad range of cleaners have no adverse effects on Boltaron® thermoplastics.

Cleaning Product List

  • Celeste Biozyme EX3 Hard Surface Cleaner and Odor Counteractant LS-7200 series
  • Celeste Sani-cide EX3
  • Celeste Sani-Com 3205 Pre-moistened, multi purpose cleaning towel
  • Celeste Interior Cleaner Complete SP-NG85000 series High Performance Multi-Surface Cleaner*
  • Callington Aero Glass Cleaner (Aircraft Glass Cleaner)
  • Real Clean AeroCide Aircraft Interior Disinfectant
  • Clorox Disinfecting Wipes (Crisp Lemon)
  • Lysol Dual Action Wipes Citrus Scent
  • Windex Multi-surface Disinfectant Cleaner Citrus Fresh Scent
  • Zip-Chem Challa 7127
  • 3% Hydrogen Peroxide
  • 70% Alcohol
  • Bleach diluted (one-third cup per 1 gallon of water)

Cleaning Products to Avoid

In some cases, the CDC recommends using disinfectants containing quaternary ammonium compounds (QAC) such as ammonia, however these chemicals should NOT be used on Boltaron materials as they can have an adverse effect on the appearance of fire-rated thermoplastics.

Our extensive research and testing revealed that discoloration can occur to a unique combination of improper cleaning practices and extremely high temperatures. When a cleaner containing quaternary ammonium salts was applied incorrectly (i.e., not wiped or rinsed from the material’s surface) and the improperly cleaned part was exposed to high temperatures for many hours, discoloration on the surface of the material occurred. Following proper cleaning procedures and/or using non QAS cleaners prevents this.

SIMONA Boltaron does NOT recommend the use of Callington CH2200 (High Performance Cleaner + Deodoriser), Real Clean Post Flight Detailer (wash & wax spray), Celeste Microgreen Elite Adhesive and Gum Remover LS-4500/611, Lysol Clean & Fresh Multi-Surface Cleaner, Sparkling Lemon & Sunflower Essence Scent, Dawn Professional Liquid Concentrate Manuel Pot and Pan Detergent, 409 Multi-Surface Cleaner, Uline Disinfecting Wipes, Diversey Virex Tb, Zip-Chem Calla 1452 or most quaternary ammonium or ammoniated compounds.