What Types of Surfaces can be Disinfected with Citrus Cleaner?

Date Posted:1 April 2020 

Citrus Cleaner used to clean and disinfect a guard rail

Over the last few weeks, we’ve seen an understandable increase in enquiries and requests for more information on several our products. Most commonly, our cleaning & degreasing solutions.

A few you have identified our Citrus Cleaner Spray as a potential disinfectant due to its’ high alcohol content. We have since confirmed this information and wanted to provide an update on where it can be used to clean and disinfect and, importantly, where it should not be.

Citrus Cleaner >75% IsopropylDisinfectant Properties of Citrus Cleaner.

Based on our current knowledge, we can make the following statements regarding the disinfectant properties of our Citrus Cleaner Spray and Fluid.

Both varieties of Citrus Cleaner (Spray or Fluid) are based on citrus peel extracts and, crucially, a high percentage of isopropanol (alcohol). This percentage is greater than the CDC’s suggested range of 70% and is actually around 75%.

The Coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is an enveloped virus. This helps the virus avoid the host immune system. It also makes it relatively sensitive to desiccation, heat, and detergents, therefore these viruses are easier to sterilize than non-enveloped viruses (Wikipedia, Viral Envelope).

According to research conducted by the University of Bochum (Germany)
“Commercial disinfectant solutions based on alcohol (ethanol), hydrogen peroxide and sodium hypochlorite are "well effective" against the viruses of the Corona family. Like all infections spreading via droplet transmission, the coronavirus can also spread from contact with hands and frequently touched surfaces.”

Surfaces and Objects that can be Cleaned with Citrus Cleaner.

Citrus Cleaner is a versatile cleaning solution that can be used on a variety of surfaces types. These include:

  • Metals
  • Glass
  • Ceramic
  • Most Plastics
  • Varnished or Coated Surfaces.

One thing we do suggest is conducting a test on a concealed area first, just to make sure that the surface won’t be degraded by this cleaner.

Citrus Cleaner for Frequently Touched Surfaces and Objects.

High touch surfaces and items such as light switches, door handles and guard rails can all generally be cleaned with Citrus Cleaner. With metal objects, it will excel. With plastic items we really do suggest a test first just to make sure it won’t damage the surface.

Citrus Cleaner disinfecting a switch Citrus Cleaner used to clean and disinfect a tap Citrus Cleaner disinfecting a forklift steering wheel

Citrus Cleaner for Electronics and Powered Tools.

Another common application for Citrus Cleaner is the cleaning of electronics like keyboards, touch screens and industrial equipment.

In these applications, it is important to follow the device manufacturers guidelines for cleaning. You should always ensure that the device is completely powered off before cleaning and that you wipe dry completely.

Citrus Cleaner disinfecting a keyboard Citrus Cleaner disinfecting a industrial computer Citrus Cleaner used to clean and disinfect a drills controls

Citrus Cleaner for Surfaces.

Most hard surfaces can be effectively cleaned with Citrus Cleaner Spray or Fluid. These include everything from stone bench-tops to tiles and metals.

With laminates or wood, we again suggest a test first. Citrus Cleaner may damage these more sensitive surfaces so a trial in a out of the way area is strongly recommended.

Citrus Cleaner disinfecting a kitchen benchtop Citrus Cleaner disinfecting a car door handle Citrus Cleaner disinfecting a kitchen benchtop

Important – Hands and Skin are not to be Cleaned with this Cleaner.

One thing Citrus Cleaner is definitely not designed for is cleaning your skin. It should not be used as a hand cleaner. Citrus Cleaner is an industrial cleaning liquid and not in any way designed for hand sanitising. Refer to the Safety Data Sheet for more information.

Citrus Cleaner Info ImageOther Surfaces and Objects that are Not Suitable.

Weicon Citrus Cleaner is a powerful cleaning fluid that combines a high alcohol content (isopropanol) with citrus peel extracts. This ensures good cleaning and disinfection performance, but it also means that it may damage some more sensitive surfaces.

Citrus Cleaner should not be used on porous surfaces, rubber and some more sensitive plastics. As mentioned before, we always suggest a test on a small, concealed area before proceeding to clean the entire object/area.

Citrus Cleaner Sizes and Availability.

Our Citrus Cleaner is available in 400ml spray cans directly from our website.

We also have some stock of this versatile cleaner in bulk liquid containers. For information on these, please do contact us.