Is a Fogger the Same as an Electrostatic Sprayer?

There are many ways to disinfect and sanitize spaces. Some people prefer wipes, others prefer aerosols, and others choose higher-end foggers or sprayers, especially when it comes to disinfecting commercial and industrial facilities. Foggers and sprayers are known to provide outstanding results even in high traffic areas or areas with multiple surfaces and materials, like wood furniture, electronics, or metal equipment. Now, one detail that people usually tend to get wrong is the difference between these two devices. Many customers have asked us if a fogger is the same as an electrostatic sprayer, and in this article, we will answer that question.

What is a Fogger?

Foggers are devices that, as their name indicates, generate fog. They are usually employed to kill contaminants, including germs and pests. The fog these devices produce is similar to the natural fog we feel when we're outdoors, that doesn't wet or soak like mist would. Instead, fog is airier, causing us to feel some humidity, but nothing more. Because of this, foggers are very handy at eliminating airborne pathogens and at disinfecting moisture-sensitive objects, like electronics.

Foggers come in all shapes and sizes. Some are compact, some are large but mobile; others are handheld and wireless, and others are wall-mounted. What they all have in common is their performance, since these devices are known to offer complete disinfection of spaces, especially when paired with high-quality disinfectants. In this regard, our company recommends the use of environmentally friendly and all-natural disinfectants that won't harm people, pets, or plants.

What is an Electrostatic Sprayer?

Electrostatic sprayers are devices used to apply sanitizers and disinfectants onto surfaces. These devices are very effective, not only because they get the job done in less time and with better coverage than traditional cleaning methods; but also because of their electricity-based technology, which offers much better coverage than other methods.

The electrostatic spraying technology has been around for more than 60 years, becoming very popular in industries such as agriculture, automotive, and even beauty (tanning beds, etc.), but now it's been used for disinfection, with great results. The way electrostatic sprayers work is by charging liquids as they pass through a sprayer nozzle, generating charged droplets that actively seek out environmental surfaces to stick to and even wrap around. This process results in a uniform coating of sanitizer or disinfectant on surfaces, objects (even odd-shaped ones), and spaces, including hard-to-reach areas where manual cleaning is not effective.

One of the greatest benefits of electrostatic sprayers is how these devices distribute liquids as a fine mist, avoiding the pooling often associated with other sprayers, and using less product. For this reason, electrostatic sprayers are known to be cost-effective and efficient. Furthermore, this technology is perfect for areas with many nooks and crannies, bulky furniture, or heavy objects that are too difficult to lift or reach underneath.

Is a Fogger the Same as an Electrostatic Sprayer?

Now that we have defined each device, it is clear that a fogger is not the same as an electrostatic sprayer. Foggers create a dry or cold fog that kills pathogens in the air and on any surface it contacts. Meanwhile, electrostatic sprayers have an electrode that introduces a positive electric charge to any disinfectant solution, making it attach to surfaces and objects for complete coverage.

Both foggers and electrostatic sprayers are great tools for disinfecting and sanitizing, especially when compared to traditional spray-and-wipe techniques. Therefore, the choice between the two depends on factors like space, traffic, furniture, and materials that will be disinfected.

At Disinfect & Fog, we carry a wide variety of foggers and electrostatic sprayers for you to choose from, including the Mini Thermal Fogger, Industrial Fogger, and the Wall Mounted Fog System; as well as the Disinfecto Electrostatic Sprayer, and the Portable Fogger.


Contact us today to have one of our representatives help you find the best device for your business or residence. Whether you choose a fogger or an electrostatic sprayer, we're sure you will never think of disinfection and sanitization of spaces the same ever again.

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