CORONAVIRUS: A look at the safety and effectiveness of the disinfectants used to clean restaurant and daycare equipment


Indianapolis – Restaurants and daycares are finally starting to reopen.  And they’re promising to keep their facilities free of the coronavirus.  But, which disinfectants are effective against COVID-19, and are they safe for the diners and children they serve?

Historically, many restaurants utilize disinfectants that contain chemicals called quaternary ammonium compounds, or “QUATs,” which kill germs. The longtime concern, however, is that QUATs are also lung irritants and can contribute to asthma and other breathing problems. They can also irritate the skin, and lead to rashes.

In addition, if mixed improperly – e.g., too much of the disinfectant is mixed with too little water – QUAT-based cleaners aren’t guaranteed to be effective at killing viruses.  And if they aren’t rinsed off of surfaces, they can even become dangerous and cause chemical burns.  Hydrogen peroxide cleaners are known to have this issue, as well.

Fortunately, there is a family of disinfectant products that assures diners and families that their experiences at restaurants and daycares will be safe and clean.

Chlorine dioxide – also known as “ClO2” – products are non-toxic and biodegradable.  At Koorsen Environmental Services, part of the Koorsen Family of Companies that has kept businesses and homes safe for more than 70 years, we have found ClO2 products to be the most effective at pathogen control.

Koorsen offers cleaning supplies for restaurants, daycares, and a wide variety of other facilities through its Columbus, Indianapolis, Louisville, and Nashville locations, as well as through its additional Authorized Service Partners in the Trust Program Network across the United States.  Its ClO2 products include BioVex, which meets the Environmental Protection Agency’s criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

“While many are making false claims about virus-killing disinfectants, we’re backing up our products with decades of positive and safe performance,” said Scott Perkins, Koorsen Environmental Services Industrial Division Manager.  “We urge you to take a look at what’s in your cleaners before you make a choice for your business or the families who have placed their trust in you.”

Click here for a look at how ClO2 products compare with the chemicals that are included in the most common disinfectants.

If you are interested in learning more about ClO2 cleaners, please contact Scott Perkins at 317-308-7676.  Koorsen can also connect local media with a restaurant representative in your area that utilizes ClO2 cleaning tools.


About the Koorsen Family of Companies

Since 1946, people have trusted Koorsen to protect their businesses and homes.  From our knowledgeable salespeople to our highly trained technicians, we have been committed to providing complete fire protection and security solutions that don’t just protect buildings – they protect lives, too.  Disinfecting service is another avenue to help protect our customers.  Find Koorsen online at and Koorsen Environmental Services at


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