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Frequently Asked Questions About
DuPont™ Rely+On™ Virkon®

Large Scale Disinfection/Infection Control

Why is DuPont™ Rely+On™ Virkon® better than bleach?

  • DuPont™ Rely+On™ Virkon® is more efficacious than bleach.
  • DuPont™ Rely+On™ Virkon® is a one step process, it cleans and disinfects. When disinfecting with bleach, surfaces must be cleaned first to ensure efficacy.
  • DuPont™ Rely+On™ Virkon® 1% solution is non-irritating to skin or eyes.
  • DuPont™ Rely+On™ Virkon® will not damage turn-out-gear.
  • DuPont™ Rely+On™ Virkon® has a shelf life of 2 years for tablets and 3 years for powder, bleach has a shelf life of 3-6 months.

When would I choose to use DuPont™ Rely+On™ Virkon®?

DuPont™ Rely+On™ Virkon® is a peroxygen-based disinfectant in the form of a powder or tablet. It is ideal for use in large area applications, as it is non-flammable and a less costly option than the sprays and wipes. Consider it a bleach alternative for blood borne pathogens.

On what surfaces is it safe to use DuPont™ Rely+On™ Virkon®?

DuPont™ Rely+On™ Virkon® is effective on hard non-porous surfaces and is compatible with most surfaces including, Monel metal, Polypropylene, Acetal resin, Nylon MNF 12115, PTFE, Polyethylene HD, Polyethylene LD, EVA, UPVC, PVC, EPDM, ABS, GRP, Polycarbonate, Polyurethane, Viton®, Hytrel® NBR Nitrile, CR Neoprene, "Buna N", Silicone, Red fibre

Is DuPont™ Rely+On™ Virkon® corrosive?

The in-use solution is generally not corrosive. However, special care should be taken when using on soft metals like copper, brass, and carbon steel as some corrosion may occur. Also, use caution where two different metals are in contact with each other as this can result in some galvanic corrosion. If any doubt exists, always test on material before broadly applying. The powder is corrosive and contact with metals or skin should be avoided.

What are the active ingredients in DuPont™ Rely+On™ Virkon®?

The active ingredients are Potassium Monopersulfate (Oxone®) and Sodium Chloride (NaCl)

Does DuPont™ Rely+On™ Virkon® have any odour?


Will DuPont™ Rely+On™ Virkon® damage my turn-out gear?

Incidental contact with 1% DuPont™ Rely+On™ Virkon®, being used as directed, will generally not damage most types of turn-out gear.

DuPont™ Rely+On™ Virkon® is not approved for use as a disinfectant on porous turn-out gear materials.

Results of "incidental contact" testing on various gear may be made available upon request.

Against what organisms is DuPont™ Rely+On™ Virkon® effective ?

DuPont™ Rely+On™ Virkon® is independently proven effective against: Hepatitis A virus (HAV), Hepatitis B (HBV), Hepatitis C (HCV) virus, HIV-1 (AIDS virus), Norovirus, RSV (Respiratory syncytial virus), MRSA (Methicillin Resistant S. aureus), VRE (Vancomycin Resistant Enterococci), Bacillus cereus, Campylobacter jejuni, Chlamydia psittaci, Clostridium perfringens, Listeria monocytogenes, Shigella sonnei, Streptococcus pyogenes, Campylobacter pyloridis, (a.k.a. Helicobacter pylori), Klebsiella pneumoniae, Escherichia coli, Salmonella typhimurium, Salmonella choleraesuis, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Staphylococcus aureus, Staphylococcus epidermidis, Candida albicans, Trichophyton mentagrophytes.

Is DuPont™ Rely+On™ Virkon® approved by EPA and BPD ?

Yes, it is registered by government authorities world-wide such as EPA in USA and regulated under the Biocidal Products Directive in the EU.

Can DuPont™ Rely+On™ Virkon® be used on skin?

No, the product is not recommended, or FDA approved, for use on skin. However, the in-use solution has been shown to be non-irritating to intact skin surfaces if incidental contact occurs.

How many 5g tablets of DuPont™ Rely+On™ Virkon® are needed to make an active solution?

To Make Use 
500 ml  1 tablet (5g) 
1 litres  2 tablets (10g) 
5 litres  10 tablets (50g) 

How many litres of disinfectant can be made from the 5kg drum of DuPont™ Rely+On™ Virkon®?

500 litres

What is the shelf-life of the DuPont™ Rely+On™ Virkon® powder/tablet?

The shelf-life of the powder is 3 years, while the shelf-life of the tablet is 2 years.

What is the use-life of the prepared solution?

The use-life of the prepared solution is up to 5 days

What is the pH of a 1% solution?

pH = 2.3

Is DuPont™ Rely+On™ Virkon® safe to use on food contact surfaces?

Yes, it can be used as a hard surface disinfectant on countertops or other surfaces that might contact food. When it is used on these "food contact" surfaces, a potable water rinse is required after disinfection

Is DuPont™ Rely+On™ Virkon® classified as non-hazardous by the DOT?

Yes, DuPont™ Rely+On™ Virkon® is not regulated in transportation by DOT/IMO/IATA.

What quality of water should DuPont™ Rely+On™ Virkon® solution be made with?

Tap water is normally sufficient for dilution of the DuPont™ Rely+On™ Virkon® powder or tablets. Use of extremely contaminated water should be avoided.

Should the contents in contaminated facilities, such as carpeting, drywall etc. be disinfected before they are removed for disposal?

No, it is difficult to assure a good disinfection process on highly soiled items and porous items like carpet or drywall. It is recommended the areas be cleared of debris and damaged goods by trained individuals wearing proper personal protective equipment. Once the area is clear and free of debris and gross contamination, the reaming hard non-porous surfaces can be cleaned and disinfected with DuPont™ Rely+On™ Virkon® solution.

Where can products be purchased? Are they available to the public?

DuPont™ Rely+On™ products can be purchased through a number of safety and Emergency medical supply distributors. To find a distributor click here .