The Benefits of Using Chlorine Dioxide Gas (CLO2) Versus Vapor Hydrogen Peroxide (VHP)

Decontamination isn’t something you want to leave to chance.  It’s a process that you have to be able to depend on to work effectively.  At Inspirion Biosciences, our teams of biosafety experts have developed highly effective processes and procedures that eliminate bacteria, viruses, spores, and other pathogens.

  • Complete coverage – With CLO2, there are no issues with tight, hidden or difficult to reach areas. At room temperature, CLO2 is a pure gas which, by its nature, fills the space completely and evenly. The chlorine dioxide molecule is 0.124 nm in size, far smaller than viruses, fungi, bacteria, and their spores. This means that CLO2 displays exceptional distribution and penetration and is able to reach disease-causing organisms wherever they are in a space, even those lodged in deep cracks and crevices. Vapors, on the other hand, are subject to hydrogen bonding, which clumps their molecules together. This limits movement of vapors in air and can even result in damaging condensation on surfaces.
  • Temperature gradients – With CLO2, there are no issues with temperature or temperature gradients. As a gas, chlorine dioxide does not condense on surfaces as VHP does. With as little as a one-degree temperature gradient, VHP concentration can be affected. With VHP, this small temperature difference can cause different concentrations throughout the space and significantly decrease the effectiveness of the process.
  • Aeration time – Since CLO2 is a true gas and cannot condense on surfaces, the aeration step is far quicker. There is no need to wait for condensed vapors to evaporate and be exhausted.
  • No cycle development is necessary for CLO2 because the process is forgiving enough to overcome the amount and position of equipment and materials within the space, as well as the temperature/humidity within the space.
  • It’s easy to validate chlorine dioxide treatment cycles due to accurate concentration monitoring capabilities and complete/even distribution and penetration of the gas.
  • Chlorine dioxide gas is safe on electronics, stainless steel, galvanized metals, anodized aluminum, painted/coated metals, plastics, and epoxy paints/coatings.
  • Chlorine dioxide gas leaves no residue (either wet or dry) on any surface following treatment.
  • Chlorine dioxide is not classified as a carcinogen by any health agency.
  • Chlorine dioxide has been used to disinfect domestic drinking water since 1912 and is currently used in food production and manufacturing processes.
  • Vaporized hydrogen peroxide is almost 2X more corrosive than CLO2.
  • Electronics with batteries can be decontaminated with chlorine dioxide gas but they cannot be with vaporized hydrogen peroxide.

What Is Chlorine Dioxide Decontamination?

Chlorine dioxide decontamination is a multi-staged process that involves pre-conditioning, conditioning, injection, exposure, and aeration of the space.  During pre-conditioning, we raise the relative humidity level of the space to approximately 70%.  We maintain this level of humidity for about 30 minutes and then deliver the chlorine dioxide gas.  The gas disperses and penetrates for the desired amount of time before we aerate the space to remove the chlorine dioxide gas.

Learn more about chlorine dioxide decontamination by contacting us online or by calling (301) 631-8470.

Why Our Chlorine Dioxide Decontamination Process Is Beneficial

There are many advantages to using chlorine dioxide for decontamination.  It is non-carcinogenic and non-flammable.  It is safe for use and will not explode at concentrations needed to achieve effective decontamination or sterilization. Our teams of experts are trained to ensure the process is effective and safe.

Chlorine dioxide gas is a true gas that distributes evenly and completely to destroy disease-causing organisms in the most difficult-to-reach places.  It will not condense. It leaves no wet or dry residue. And, it is non-reactive with most materials. Finally, CLO2 can be quickly aerated when the process is complete. All these properties make chlorine dioxide gas arguably the most reliable decontamination methods available.

Inspiron Biosciences: Ready to Serve You

Our team of experts understands the importance of thoroughly disinfecting your equipment and spaces. We to ensure you can work with your materials with confidence.  We provide superior decontamination services and support that your business can depend upon for your health and safety concerns.

Learn more about chlorine dioxide decontamination by contacting us online or by calling (301) 631-8470.

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