What is hydrogen peroxide?
Hydrogen peroxide is a clear liquid with powerful oxidizing properties. It has many uses: as an antiseptic for topical treatment, a component of hair products, a water treatment agent, etc. Hydrogen peroxide can also be used as a disinfectant or as bleach in pharmaceutical or food industry, among others. It is a bactericidal, fungicidal, sporicidal and virucidal substance.
IBL Specifik's APABIO is composed of hydrogen peroxide, which makes it powerful enough to disinfect surfaces through airborne routes.
What is peracetic acid?
It can be obtained by mixing acetic acid with hydrogen peroxide, using the following formula:
* Acetic acid + Hydrogen peroxide <==> peracetic acid + water
* CH3-(COOH) + H2O2 <===> CH3-(COOOH) + H2O
Peracetic acid (also known as PAA) is a clear liquid used in food, textile and medical industries as a disinfectant.
Peracetic acid has a strong oxidizing power. It acts:
* as a denaturing agent in proteins and enzymes
* by altering the permeability of cell membranes
* by breaking sulfydryl and disulfide bridges in proteins, enzymes and other cellular metabolites.
It has a bactericidal, fungicidal, sporicidal and virucidal action on microorganisms. Peracetic acid has a broad antimicrobial spectrum covering all microbial groups with a short length action, even with low concentrations.
Hydrogen peroxide has a synergistic effect on peracetic acid. APABIO disinfectant combines both substances: its effectiveness is therefore increased.
In addition, concentrations of hydrogen peroxide and peracetic acid in the product APABIO are low, 5% and 0.1% respectively.
These low concentrations make APABIO disinfectant harmless and non toxic to mankind and its environment.
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