Lamps and bulbs specially made for this purpose are commonly referred to as “germicidal” black lights.
Germicidal short wave lamps destroy or limit the growth of bacteria, viruses, molds, yeasts, fungi and algae
disrupting the organisms cellular structure, specifically their DNA, which either kill the organisms outright
Among the bacteria destroyed by germicidal lampsand E.Coli, Salmonella, Staphylococcus and Streptococcus
and the viruses carrying infectious hepatitis and influenza. Some of the more common uses of personal-sized
germicidal lamps include sanitizing home and office tele-phones, door handles and latches, airline headsets
various bathroom surfaces such as toilets and sink handles,computer accessories such as the mouse and keyboard,
plastic toys, pet dishes and shopping cart handles andother surfaces commonly exposed to contamination.
Portable germicidal lamps are now available to fit purses, backpacks, bicycle bags, glove boxes, desk drawers
and briefcases. Cordless battery operated germicidal lamps can be used anywhere: picnics, elevators,
public restrooms, restaurants, campgrounds and other locations where 110 volt is not available.
bTo sanitize most nonporous materials, you generally need to hold a germicidal lamp over the surface for 6 to 8
seconds. This exposure will usuallly destroy 90% or more of the bacteria and viruses present. Follow the instructions
that manufacturers supply with each lamp. Germicidal black lights can disinfect telephones, speaker phones,
toilet seats, doorknobs, computer keyboards and headsets in the office or on the road.
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