Streaking on surfaces after using Rescue™ Disinfectants

The streaking you are observing is caused by the commonly-used, safe detergents in Rescue™, which help it to work as a cleaner as well as a disinfectant.

The active ingredient in Rescue™ is hydrogen peroxide. Once Rescue™ dries on a surface, the hydrogen peroxide evaporates into oxygen and water, leaving no active ingredient behind on the surface. What is left behind and possibly leaving streaks are the detergents, similar to household dish soap.

You may notice this more if you are using Rescue™ frequently, and at the stronger dilution (1:16), there may be a slight build-up over time of soap residues, causing stickiness or streaking. An occasional rinse with water can help to get rid of this buildup. This can be done once a week, or every time you disinfect.

Keep in mind that Rescue™ is designed to disinfect against dangerous pathogens on a surface. Some facilities using Rescue™ will use the visual of seeking streaks as a way to know that the surface was disinfected properly.

For daily disinfection, we recommend the 1:64 dilution (2 oz/gallon of water) for a 5-minute contact time. The 1:16 dilution (8 oz/gallon of water) can be reserved for outbreak situations where an infectious disease is suspected to be present.

You may also find these resources useful:

Video: Streaking and Stickiness

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