Benefect Botanical Disinfectants & Cleaners for the Insurance Restoration Industry


Can Benefect be used on porous surfaces?
posted on September 29, 2015 5:46 PM

You can apply a disinfectant to a porous surface and it will kill the organisms it comes in contact with. The difficulty with porous surfaces is that organisms can be reached making it almost impossible to ensure the disinfectant contacts every organism. Therefore the EPA will not allow any “disinfecting” claims (Killing 99.99%) to be made on porous materials, for any product.

Regulated disinfectant products can have “Cleaning” or “Deodorization” claims on porous surfaces however, these are not considered public health claims and therefore, are not regulated statements by the EPA because there is no germ killing involved. This is not to be confused with a “Disinfection” claim.

When applying a disinfectant to a porous material the highest level of germ killing claim allowed by the EPA is a “Sanitization” claim (killing 99.9%). As an example, our Decon 30 Disinfectant is registered with the EPA as a carpet sanitizer (which includes fabrics and textiles).

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