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Wednesday's Ask the Experts: ATP testing

February 25, 2009
Wednesday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: Is there an easy way to test for disinfection of our kitchens, bathrooms, and exercise equipment?
The answer:
Easy yes. Inexpensive no. There are ATP testing devices on the market that can test for microorganisms in less than one minute. They sell for about $850.00. Here are several links:

The proper use of a disinfectant, sanitizer and or detergent will remove soil and microorganisms, reducing the risk of cross infection. Use only approved disinfectants having proven effectiveness for whatever you wish to kill. Always mix disinfectants precisely according to the manufacturers instructions. Apply to solutions directly to clean surfaces only so direct contact with microbes is possible. Allow adequate contact
... — Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX Associate Editor
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