Surface disinfection

Differentiation between hygiene, cleaning, disinfection

By hygiene we mean all measures and behaviour that prevent the transmission of pathogens.
Cleaning is the removal of visible pollution and contamination as well as invisible organic material, which prevents the reproduction of microorganisms.
Disinfection we call the killing or inactivation of pathogens of any kind, to prevent infections.

Correct surface disinfection

Since there are pathogens that survive on surfaces for months and then can still be transmitted to humans, surface disinfection as an infection prophylaxis is an important measure to prevent exactly this.

For a functioning prophylaxis the surfaces must be disinfected routinely, i.e. continuously, e.g. according to a cleaning schedule. In case of the occurrence of specific pathogens or after obvious contamination, a surface is disinfected in a targeted manner.

The following areas should be disinfected continuously:

  • Surfaces with frequent hand or skin contact (door handles, handrails, keyboards, etc.). In case of infection, it should be considered to keep doors open with a wedge if possible.
  • Surfaces in communal sanitary areas (toilets, bathtubs, showers, washbasins, etc.)
  • Work surfaces
  • Floors

In hygienically sensitive areas or where infections occur, the surfaces and floors should be smooth, wipeable, joint-tight and disinfectable. Textile floor coverings are difficult to disinfect and should therefore not be laid in places where regular disinfection is required.

In general, the following should be considered when disinfecting surfaces:

  • The surface must always be wiped with a sufficient amount of disinfectant under light pressure.
  • Always follow the instructions of the manufacturer of the surface disinfectant used!
  • Suitable safety gloves protect you from infections and are kind to the skin.

After the routine disinfection of surfaces such as floors, the surface can be used again or walked on as soon as it is visibly dry – regardless of the exposure time. The disinfecting effect is still given.

In some situations, however, the specified exposure time must be waited before the surface is used again for safety reasons, e.g:

  • When disinfecting during an outbreak, i.e. during an epedemic/pandemic (formerly: plague).
  • For the disinfection of (whirl) baths and washbasins, as the disinfection is terminated by the inflow of water
  • For the targeted disinfection of contaminated surfaces
  • When disinfecting surfaces that come into contact with food and must be rinsed with drinking water before reuse

We recommend for surfaces: Kemitron Pure Desino

Pure Desino, offers you safe protection on all surfaces. Because it is not only effective against the corona virus (COVID-19), it also protects against many other viruses, such as: Herpes-, Prox-, Hepadna-, Asfar-, Fla-, Alpha-, Toga-, further Corona- (SARS, MERS), Hepatitis D, Orthomy-, Paramyxo-, Rhabdo-, Bunya-, Filo- (among others Ebola), Retro- and Arteri.

It is also microbiologically tested and is effective against bacteria, fungi, legionella and algae. It has the biocide approval – necessary for all disinfectants.

It can be used as a disinfectant over a large area on various surfaces, such as plastic, tiles, glass, natural stone, leather, wood, stainless steel, metals, etc. and is therefore suitable for almost every business and recreational area.

We recommend thorough and regular surface disinfection as an important measure to prevent infections! Please ask us or the responsible authorities for more information.

Pure Desino has a PH value of 4.5, it does not bleach and is fragrance-free.

Desino and other disinfectants are available here:
https://www.kemitron.com/spa-products/cleaner/disinfectant/


Sauna and wellness in Corona times

In advance

Please note: At the moment we want to address the health issues when using the in-house sauna in a non-public area!
Naturally, here too, the general hygiene conditions must not be disregarded!

You can make your own contribution to the hygiene of your sauna as follows:

  • Do not invite people who do not belong to your core family
  • Disinfect all surfaces after using the sauna
  • Pay attention to regular and above all thorough hand hygiene
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Sneeze and cough in the bend of your arm if necessary

Sauna & Wellness plus Corona?

No one will deny that saunas have a positive effect on physical and mental health. But how does it look like when viruses, such as the new corona virus, complicate our lives? Is it still advisable to go to the sauna? We take the answer for granted: Yes! After all, right now it is essential to support the immune system. How a sauna session positively supports your immune system is explained below:

How does an infection with the corona virus proceed?

As with influenza viruses, coronaviruses initially multiply in the throat and pharynx area. In a COVID-19 infection, it is mainly the lower respiratory tract that is infected. The pathogen first multiplies rapidly and then causes an immune reaction, in many cases attacking the lung tissue and, in the worst case, causing pneumonia.

Using the sauna and the virus

First of all, it is wrong that the coronavirus cannot survive outside temperatures above 27° C! In this case it could not survive in the human body (approx. 36°C) and therefore we would have no problem!

But it is a fact: “At a temperature of 55 to 70 °C (damp heat), viruses [in general – ed.] denature their viral shells within a few minutes and thus lose their infectiousness”.[1]

Viruses do not like the hot and humid ambient air in the sauna. Especially if the temperatures are set to 80-90°C. Breathing in this hot air can also have a supportive effect against the pathogen. Regular sauna visits strengthen the body’s own immune system, which means that the body is generally better protected against viruses and other possible diseases.

In order to counteract an infection with COVID-19, you can take a sauna, but also use salt or dry salt inhalation. In addition to the above-mentioned benefits, salt activates and promotes the self-cleaning function of the lungs and is also anti-inflammatory. In addition to removing bacteria, allergens such as pollen and dust as well as viruses in the entire respiratory tract, the lungs are also cleansed in this way, thus stimulating blood circulation.

Therefore, sauna and salt or dry salt inhalation are well suited to strengthen the immune system in the long term in order to better resist the corona virus.

Swimming pool use

The chlorination of pool water kills any viruses present in the pool. However, it does not protect against viruses that have already entered the body, because they are not affected by chlorine or other disinfectants!

General hygiene in pools and wellness areas, when lock-down ends

Saunas and wellness areas have always required very high hygiene standards. Regular inspections by external hygiene institutes check and document their compliance. This applies to all areas where guests may come into skin contact.
When the lockdown is ended and public areas can be used again, there will certainly be regulations that will guarantee the safety of every single person. We will provide more detailed information about these in due course.


Kemitron Technology - Sustainability through Durability, Repairability, Conservation of Resources

Kemitron manufactures technology for spa and wellness facilities that - usually in the background - ensures the smooth running of applications. To guarantee this for many years, we, like our customers, place the highest demands on our technical products and equipment, such as durability, reparability and resource conservation. Because not only are we convinced of the advantages of the best quality, it is also an integral part of our corporate philosophy. We can realize this by relying on our extensive internal and external development experience and by manufacturing the products in our own production facilities with our own machines. This is where the mechanical components as well as the electronic controls for our technical products are produced.

Due to the in-house production, our employees are familiar with our products "down to the last screw". Therefore, we can offer you professional repairs beyond the production, this also applies to devices that were purchased more than 10 years ago.

Managed by the second generation, our family business has been producing innovations for decades, which have changed the world market in the spa and wellness sector. For example, we were the first in the world to manufacture adventure showers or fragrance dosing pumps. Furthermore, our product range includes room scenting systems, brine systems, sauna infusion systems and others, which you can find on our homepage.

Our understanding of longevity is based on the design of a 24-hour operation 365 days a year for many years. To achieve this, our technical equipment must be installed correctly and the ambient conditions in the technical room must be suitable for these products. For this reason, you are welcome to ask us for support in the run-up to your planning. We will help you with comprehensive, personal advice that includes all necessary components and requirements. After all, for problem-free, long-lasting function, both the adequate installation of our technical equipment and products and the right ambient conditions are prerequisites.

We all care about our environment and we too would like to make our contribution with our sustainable products. This includes durability, which not only benefits your wallet, but also conserves resources and thus our environment.


The difference between aromatherapy and aromachology

The science of fragrances in regard of personal well-being can basically be divided into two areas: aromatherapy and aromachology.
aromatherapy is exclusively therapeutic and may only be performed by licensed professionals. It uses only natural raw materials and researches which scents cause a certain physiological reaction.
A more scientific approach is taken by aromachology, which examines which psychological reactions are caused by which fragrance and for what reasons.

The beginnings of aromatherapy as practised today date back to the 1920s. However, the use of essential oils and aromas has been known at least since 3000 B.C., where they were already used for cultural but also for medical purposes. As mentioned above, aromatherapy uses only natural ingredients and fragrances to treat conditions related to mood and emotions. As this is a very sensitive subject, it may only be performed by professionals. Although it involves inhaling or burning fragrances, the main focus is not on the smell of the essential oils, but on the healing properties they contain.

In contrast, aromachology, which emerged in the 80s of the last century, is based exclusively on scientific studies. It focuses on the psychological effect of scents on moods and emotions. It is not limited to natural fragrances, but is also positively disposed towards the use of synthetic fragrances. Originally, it was mainly implemented in the retail trade to improve the customer experience or to stimulate purchase. However, thanks to new research, aromachology is now being taken more seriously than it was at the turn of the millennium and used for more beneficial purposes, including pain relief and treatment.

Today, the wisdom of aromatherapy and the science of aromachology are increasingly combined to create a new generation of "functional fragrances" (see also our blog text: The difference between functional fragrance and aromatherapy). In fact, aromatherapy has been used to prove some claims that have been around for centuries, such as the relaxing properties of lavender. As a result, the fragrance is being reformulated as an important active ingredient. However, this also demonstrates the need for these sensitive issues, which are particularly important for the right combination and correct dosage, to remain in the hands of specially trained professionals.


Kemitron Aromee fragrances and what they contain

Kemitron knows: Especially in spas and saunas, where different temperatures and often generous room areas are used, stable and constant intensity scents are important.

In order to produce these, the quality of the raw materials is crucial. Because only high-quality ingredients can achieve a lasting fragrance experience and only a high concentration of essential oils can unfold their healthy and manifold effects on the body and soul.

This is why Kemitron only uses first-class raw materials such as pure essential oils. This well thought-out composition is a major reason why Kemitron fragrances remain stable in their intensity, even if the container is used for a longer period of time.

In addition, we hold the entire value chain in our own hands in order to achieve the best possible structure of effects. This means that from the selection of the fragrances, through the creation of the recipe compositions to the manufacture, everything takes place directly in our company.

In addition, Kemitron exclusively uses fragrances that are subject to the IFRA* standard code and are based on the scientific analyses of the RFIM**.

Our corporate philosophy obliges us to treat resources and the environment with care - and to do so holistically, both when purchasing raw materials and when using our products.

Since we refrain from using preservatives and low-grade additives, we have not yet discovered any reactions to Kemitron Aromee products that are harmful to health or otherwise. In order to guarantee this, a verifiable use of original Kemitron products as well as adherence to our dosage recommendations is a prerequisite.

*The International Fragrance Association (IFRA) is the global representative of the fragrance industry and issues updated standards for fragrances.
**The Research Institute for Fragrance Materials (RFIM) is the international scientific authority for the safe use of fragrances.

The difference between fragrance, scent and aroma

Difference between fragrance and scent

The words fragrance and scent are usually used synonymously, the difference is fine: while fragrance denotes a pleasant fragrance, scent is used for an unmistakable fragrance.

Even finer is the

Difference between fragrance and aroma

Both refer to pleasant smells: while aroma refers more to plants, spices and food, fragrance is more associated with perfume and flowers.


The difference between aroma oil and fragrance oil

Fragrance oils are scents that are artificially produced. They may contain essential oils, but do not have to.

In contrast, in aroma oils a part (usually around 2%) of essential oils is mandatory. Additionally, they can also contain a large part of synthetic fragrance oils.


The difference between essential oil and aroma oil

For about a decade or more, essential oils and aromatherapy have been enjoying increasing popularity. Admittedly they have been used long before our time. Not only medical properties have always been attributed to them, but also spiritual meanings.

 

What is essential oil?

Essential oil is a compound derived from a plant. The oils are concentrated so that they contain the essence, characteristics and fragrance of the plant.

However, not all extracts are essential oils. Plant essences obtained chemically are not considered essential oils.

The process of producing essential oils is relatively simple. They are usually made from a plant, distilled water and a pot in which the plant is boiled, with the essential oil, which is what floats on the water and has been boiled out of the plant.

In order to obtain a stronger oil, this process can be carried out several times.

 

What is an aroma oil?

An aroma oil is a diluted or mixed essential oil. Aroma oil always contains a part, usually 2% or more essential oil.

 

Use

Essential oils and aroma oils can be used in a similar way. However, one must be aware of the effectiveness and intensity of the oils.

Aroma oils are milder and can be used more generously than the more intense essential oil. But essential oils are usually a combination of far more individual fragrances and usually smell with a lasting effect.


The difference between essential oil and fragance oil

Essential oils are volatile plant extracts obtained from distilled or cold-pressed flowers, bark, stems, leaves, shells, roots, seeds or other parts of a plant. These oils are pure extracts obtained by the steam distillation process and are not blended with a carrier oil. Depending on the type of plant, extraction can sometimes prove to be very complex. These 100% pure oils are "clean", i.e. they have not been processed with solvents or other additives, diluted or manipulated in any way. Essential oils are difficult to reproduce synthetically as they can consist of 50-500 different naturally occurring chemicals found in a plant. Essential oils are used, for example, in cosmetics, wellness, room scenting and aromatherapy. They are mostly used externally very rarely internally. They are often said to have health or mood-influencing properties such as invigorating, activating or calming.

 

Fragrance oils are usually produced in a laboratory. One of the main advantages is that they are non-volatile and generally last longer than essential oils. Fragrance oils can be synthetic or partly natural. Synthetic fragrance oils are artificially made from chemical compounds that do not exist in nature.

Even if the label states that the product is natural, at least parts of the product are synthetically scented and definitely not purely natural, provided that the list of ingredients contains the words perfume, perfum, FO, fragrance, fragrance oil or fragrant oil.

 

Fragrance oils are developed exclusively for the purpose of imitating a fragrance.

Nature is complex and essential oils are not only made up of odorous substances, which makes them difficult to replicate. If we isolate only the natural aromatic components from a plant, we miss the potential benefits that the plant can offer. Fragrance oils, however, enhance the fragrance of many cosmetic and perfume products, as well as candles (they hold the fragrance better at high temperatures).

 

Price difference:

Essential oils are usually expensive and prices vary widely depending on the type of oil, season and availability of the product. Therefore, essential oils are usually more expensive than their fragrance oil counterparts. This is because it is costly to grow, harvest and distil the plant for essential oils.

That is why it needs a huge amount of plant material to produce even a small amount of essential oil. On the other hand, they are usually much more complex and consist of significantly more individual fragrances.

 

It is no surprise that fragrance oil is comparatively much cheaper, as it can be produced artificially and no extraction is required (often a very expensive process).

In addition, fragrance oils often consist of much fewer individual fragrances than their counterparts in essential oils.


The difference between essence and essential oil

Essences and essential oils are two different types of extracts, each with specific benefits:

 

Characteristics of essence

  • Usually taken internally
  • No or little scent
  • Water-based

 

Characteristics of essential oil

  • Highly concentrated oils
  • Eextracted from different parts of a plant
  • Obtained only from plants that have the fragrance and other characteristic properties of a plant
  • The pure essential oils come from carefully cultivated plants

 

What is essence?

The essence is obtained from a drug, plant or the like through the process of distillation, maceration, absorption or pressing. Essences contain their characteristic properties in concentrated form. Concentrated essences are very strong extracts that can be twice to four times as strong as normal extracts. Imitation essences are the chemically produced substances that aim to reproduce the taste and scent of the original ingredient.

 

Essential oil

A natural oil, typically obtained by distillation, with the characteristic smell of the plant or other source from which it is obtained.

 

Comparison table

essence essential oil
Definition
A flavouring used in recipes to give them the flavour and aroma of the original ingredient. A concentrated oily liquid containing the volatile aromas of plants.
Fragrance
less fragrant strongly fragrant
Base
water oil
Aftersaid healing function
energetic biochemical
Reception
internal external