How is your product different than bleach and will it discolor my surfaces and fabrics?
We do not use bleach. Bleach is a common name for a sodium hypochlorite/water solution. Sodium hypochlorite, in pure form, is a water soluble, yellowish liquid that contains about 12% chlorine and has powerful oxidizing properties. It will corrode or destroy most metals, and react with many chemicals to produce toxic chlorine gas. Bleach can dissolve fabrics, paper, and many other organic materials. Even household bleach (5%) is still a potent oxidizer and disinfectant and has very high alkalinity. When working with bleach, extreme caution must be taken. Even if diluted the fumes can be harmful to the respiratory system. Mild irritation to burns can occur from skin contact, and eye contact can result in permanent damage. Bleach contains NO cleaning agents.
Quat, which is what we use, is the common name for a Quaternary Ammonium Chloride compound. There are about 300 types all with varying anti-microbial efficacies. Quats are generally surfactants with positive charges. Due to this, quats contain the power to clean. Since they are low in toxicity and corrosiveness, they are user friendly and effective.
Although the major advantage of bleach is the low cost, it comes with many disadvantages. Bleach is highly corrosive, contains toxic fumes, dissipates quickly, discolors most fabrics, causes irritation to the eyes and nose, has no cleaning ingredients, dulls floor tiles, and damages floor finish and grout. Bleach is dangerous if mixed with many chemicals and cleaners.
On the other hand, the disadvantage of quat is the price in comparison to bleach. Quat can also have reduced activity in the presence of soil. However, the advantages of quat is what make it a superior disinfectant than bleach. Quat has excellent wide spectrum ability to kill germs, film forming residual, low toxicity and corrosiveness, good shelf life, works in a variety of pH ranges, highly concentrated, no odor, and safe on mostly all surfaces. The neutral formulas will not dull floor finish. Quat is the premier choice disinfectant for most hospitals and health care facilities.