F10 and Coronavirus

F10's efficacy against COVID-19

F10 Disinfectants proven effective against coronavirus

In independent testing, F10SC Disinfectant has been found to be highly effective against enveloped viruses in the medical (human medicine) sector. This includes coronavirus and as such covers efficacy against COVID-19. Blutest laboratories, an internationally accredited laboratory, concluded that:

 "This product (F10 SC Disinfectant) therefore is effective against all enveloped viruses…(including) all coronaviruses and SARS-CoV-2"

 A summary of results can be found below or read the full test report from the laboratory.

Technical summary

The test used the F10SC Disinfectant at a dilution rate of 1:250. To meet the EU standards of efficacy a product must demonstrate at least a 4log (10 000) reduction under test conditions. In these tests* F10SC Disinfectant solution achieved a 5log reduction (100 000). This far exceeds the required standard and is a significant achievement. It also indicates that a higher dilution rate could be used and still achieve the required 4log reduction, however we would recommend that a 1:250 dilution rate be employed to allow for possible variation in on-site conditions.

 * - the standard 5 minutes at an ambient temperature of 20oC in clean conditions.

Product usage:

The following product efficacy can be concluded from the test results:

  • F10SC Disinfectant has been proven to be highly effective against coronavirus at a dilution rate of 1:250
  • F10CL Disinfectants (equivalent to 1:5 F10SC) are effective against coronavirus at a dilution rate of 1:50
  • F10 Disinfectant Ready to Use is a 1:250 dilution of the F10SC (1:50 of the CL) and is effective against coronavirus
  • F10 Aerosol Foggers are effective against coronavirus (contain F10SC Disinfectant at a 1:80 dilution)
  • F10 Disinfectant Aerosols are effective against coronavirus (contain F10SC Disinfectant at a 1:80 dilution)
  • F10 Disinfectant Wipes are impregnated with F10SC disinfectant (at a 1:100 dilution) which is effective against coronavirus

All other products in the F10 product range are based on the same key actives as the F10SC Disinfectant used in the tests.

The F10 disinfectants are designed to be applied to surfaces which have been precleaned* and should be left to air-dry. At working dilution rates they are safe to surfaces and humans (please see below for more safety information).

 * For surfaces which have not been precleaned, and the removal of organic matter is required alongside disinfection, the SCXD and CLXD products with added detergent can be used.

The use of F10 Products against COVID-19

Many of the F10 product range are being used worldwide in the fight against COVID-19. They are being used from governments to businesses and individuals with F10's efficacy and safety in mind.

These are the key products which we believe would be most useful to you

F10SC Disinfectant Concentrate - Use diluted solution to spray onto surfaces and allow to air dry. Alternatively wet a strong paper towel with the diluted F10 solution and wipe. Ideal for surfaces such as tables, door hands, keyboards etc.

F10 SC can also be used for fogging and misting air-space. Use in an appropriate mister/fogger at the recommended dilution.

Where specific hand sanitising products are not available, F10SC can conveniently be used for hand disinfection. At a dilution rate of 1:100, a solution of F10SC can be sprayed onto hands which should then be rubbed together and allowed to air dry.

F10 Disinfectant Ready to Use - a pre-diluted solution (1:250) of the F10SC Disinfectant.

F10 Aerosol Fogger - for complete room disinfection, the F10 disinfectant is expelled and dissipates throughout the room reaching hard to reach places, and ensuring complete, efficient, quick and easy disinfection.

F10 Disinfectant Wipes - biodegradable, single-use wipes impregnated with F10SC Disinfectant for instant clean up and disinfection.

F10 Hand Gel – a waterless skin decontaminant for use when a washbasin is unavailable. The rapid kill times, long lasting residual action and high levels of emollients make it ideal for frequent use.

F10 Hand Foam - a ready to use waterless hand sanitiser in a great 50ml ‘pocket’ size.  

F10 Hand Scrub – for effective hand washing. With rapid kill times and good residual action it also contains emollients to prevent hands drying out from frequent washing. 

Hand hygiene products

F10 range of hand decontaminants contain the equivalent of a 1:67* concentration of F10SC. This is far in excess of the dilution rate at which the independent testing found F10SC to be effective against coronavirus. The purpose of this relatively high concentration is to reduce contact time and overcome the effects of other interfering factors such as dirty conditions and any other micro-organisms that might also be present.

* - This excludes the F10 Disinfectant Wipes which are impregnated with F10SC at a rate of 1:100

Low alcohol - it is a misconception that a high-alcohol content is always necessary in hand decontaminants. If the efficacy against coronavirus of the product's core actives is proven, then alcohol is not needed to 'kill' the virus, and a lower alcohol content can be beneficial as it helps prevent skin from becoming dry and encourages repeated use.

High efficacy and low alcohol = Tough on viruses, but kind to your hands

We therefore recommend the F10 range of hand decontaminants, which can be used with confidence in the fight against coronavirus.