Alcohol damage, a growing concern among companies

A growing number of companies are just now realizing that in the pursuit of preventing the spread of pathogens, using high proof ethanol on surfaces and materials was not such a bright idea.

Daily spraying and scrubbing of surfaces that weren’t resistant to solvents have caused both optical and functional damage to the material. This damage has dramatically shortened the life span of the equipment, causing both a financial loss and a major sustainability issue.

It is not only the sanitizing the exterior that is the cause of the damage, but also the drops of excess alcohol from hands when using a alcohol based sanitizer (Photo taken at Arlanda Airport, Stockholm where the stone floor is damaged in the terminals).

Here are a list of other issues we see…

  1. Corroded metal after the galvanizing was dissolved
  2. Destroyed medical instruments, as the sensor becomes inaccurate
  3. Miss colored textiles in interiors and clothing
  4. Color anomalies and spots in tile- and stone flooring
  5. Visible cracks in laminate and linoleum floors
  6. Dissolved leather in gym equipment
  7. Damaged leather in health care beds
  8. Cracked leather in gynecological chairs
  9. Destroyed touch points in door handles, buttons, keyboards etc
  10. Dissolved text and numbers in payment equipment
  11. Broken self scanning equipment in grocery stores
  12. Damaged car interiors at rental firms
  13. Damaged handbags from leaking bottles
  14. Dissolved varnish in wooden banisters on cruise ships
  15. The list goes on and on…

Who is going to pay for all this, is unclear.

  • It could be the company having to replace the material or equipment.
  • It might be the property owner that discovers they have to replace the interior or floors when a company moves out.
  • The cost might be hidden in the form of higher taxes, allocated to a hospital having to replace equipment.

The environment however remains as the big loser, because you always have to replace what is broken and this creates unnecessary emissions for production of new materials.

Find out more about why Hygiene of Sweden’s alcohol-free antibacterial solution BioPolymer+ both for surfaces and hands with a luxury foam has become a more natural option for an increasing number of companies.


Use disinfectants safely. Always read the label and product information before use.

Biocider ska användas på ett säkert sätt. Läs alltid igenom etiketten och produktinformationen före användningen.

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