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Sanitizing Uses for schools

Can chlorine dioxide be used to sanitize foam rubber matts, carpets, blankets and or plush toys like dolls? If so, how would it best be applied? A spray bottle maybe? Will it discolor the carpet and leave spots or stains? I ask because I manage a daycare and would love to properly apply something like this as opposed to using Lysol spray or bleach wipes.

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Yes, chlorine dioxide can be used to sanitize a variety of surfaces, including foam rubber mats, carpets, blankets, and plush toys. It’s the most effective disinfectant and is definitely a good alternative to Lysol spray or bleach wipes.

Application:

A spray bottle would be a suitable method of application. For most disinfection purposes, a solution of around 100-500 ppm (parts per million) can be effective.

However, the exact concentration might vary depending on the specific need and the nature of the contaminants.

Concerns about Discoloration:

Chlorine dioxide, when used at 100 ppm concentrations, generally does not bleach or discolor fabrics like traditional bleach does. However, it’s always a good idea to test on a small, inconspicuous area first to ensure there’s no adverse reaction with the specific materials you’re working with.

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