How to Disinfect a Changing Table
When your little one is flailing and squirming as you're changing them, trying to crawl away from you every chance they get, "messy" and "gross" barely begin to cover it. Changing tables often contain unseen fecal bacteria, urine, spit-up and more, which can quickly become breeding grounds for a range of illness-causing bacteria.
Bacteria are among the fastest reproducing organisms in the world, doubling every 4-20 minutes! Daily cleanings and weekly disinfecting are recommended, to stop the spread of disease-causing microorganisms and common illnesses such as cold and flu. If you're dealing with a serious mess like a leaky diaper or spit-up, you'll want to disinfect the changing table and changing pad immediately with a fast-acting spray disinfectant.
Disinfectants only work when they're wet. Many parents clean their changing tables with disinfecting wipes, but those often require that surfaces remain wet for up to 10 minutes in order to be effective. If your changing table isn't wet for the entire time, those germs can remain alive and able to spread.
Keeping a surface wet with disinfecting wipes can be more difficult than you might think. Many of them contain alcohol, which can cause the liquid to dry quickly. This can make it difficult to keep the surface wet without re-wiping multiple times, resulting in a potential waste of both time and money. Additionally, disinfectants of all types (not just wipes) that contain alcohol can also cause premature cracking of plastic and vinyl. Many also contain bleach, which can cause surface discoloration.
A fast-acting spray-application disinfectant will allow you to disinfect the hard-to-reach areas that wipes often can't, and ensures that the surface remains wet for the proper length of time so germs are, in fact, killed. Simple Green Clean Finish Disinfectant Cleaner eliminates cold, flu, E. Coli, Salmonella, Staph and other illness-causing bacteria in 2 minutes or less, without using bleach or alcohol.
When in doubt about a surface, always spot test first. For complete list of kill times, see product label. Only use on hard, non-porous surfaces.
- Remove any visible fecal matter, urine or other waste. Before disinfecting your changing table, remove any fabric padding, as it’s not suitable for hard-surface disinfectants and should be washed separately.
- Spray entire changing table and surrounding hard, non-porous surfaces with Simple Green Clean Finish Disinfectant Cleaner until it is covered with the product. Allow surface to remain visibly wet for 2 minutes (see label for complete list of kill times). No scrubbing necessary.
- Wipe dry with a clean cloth or allow to air dry.
- For surfaces that will come in contact with your baby, rinse thoroughly with clean water and wipe dry or allow to air dry.
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