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UV Disinfection vs. Hydrogen Peroxide: Which is the superior whole-room disinfection?

UV Disinfection vs. Hydrogen Peroxide

Whole-room disinfection has never been as prominent or scrutinized as it has been over the past few years. With each new high-profile case of an infectious outbreak, the scientific community intensifies its focus on how to prevent these devastating breeches in biosafety, and more and more it looks like the solution may come down to UV Disinfection vs. Hydrogen Peroxide.

Recent advancements in bisoafety procedure protocols have seen a ramp up in demand for better and more effective whole-room disinfection solutions. Out of these recent advancements, the two methods that often take center stage are:

  1. UVC (Ultraviolet C light), which uses short-wavelength light to kill or inactivate microorganisms, and
  2. Hydrogen peroxide vapor, which uses a vaporized or dry-fogged chemical disinfectant

Recent studies have shown, however, that while both solutions clean whole rooms quickly and relatively easily, hydrogen peroxide fogging is far more effective in eradicating bacteria and preventing infection than UVC alternatives. While the majority of the new findings that compare UV Disinfection vs. Hydrogen Peroxide focus on clinical settings, laboratory researchers and biosafety experts alike are growing wise to the intricacies of an effective whole-room disinfection strategy. Read the rest on the Quip Labs Blog!