Effect of Wiping & Spray Wash Temperature on Bacterial Retention of Abraded Domestic Sink Surface 10069

The relative cleanability of artificially abraded stainless steel, enamelled steel, mineral resin and polycarbonate domestic sinks was assessed by examining bacterial retention after cleaning. Two cleaning regimes were used: the mechanical action of wiping combined with a spray-rinse, and spray-washing at a range of temperatures. After wiping, stainless steel retained O•5-1 log order fewer bacteria than the enamel sinks which in turn were O•5 log order cleaner than the mineral resin and polycarbonate sinks. After spray-washing, stainless steel retained O•5 log order fewer bacteria than enamel which in turn was O•5 log order cleaner than the polycarbonate and mineral resin. Extending the number of wipes or increasing spray-wash temperature enhanced bacterial removal but, in general, did not change the relative cleanability of the sink materials. As a cleaning technique, wiping was shown to be more effective than spray-washing in reducing bacterial numbers. SEM studies showed that bacteria were typically retained in surface imperfections, particularly pits and crevices such that surfaces which sustained the most extensive damage due to abrasion retained higher numbers of bacteria.

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