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Hydrus™ Ready-to-Use


If you are looking to remove hazardous chemicals from your cleaning systems, Hydrus™ Ready-to-Use is a solution for you.

An extremely powerful chlorine-based disinfectant, Hydrus has the distinct advantage of being not classed as hazardous. It is also an effective disinfectant at ambient temperatures in most applications.

Hydrus™ Ready-to-Use is:
  • able to kill Coronavirus
  • safe to use a hand sanitiser, as well as wider disinfection
  • available from sachets up to 1000 litre IBCs, and also as disinfectant wipes
  • very effective at removing persistent odours
Hydrus™ Ready-to-Use is also an effective disinfectant for use in RAS aquaculture - it is not classed as hazardous and so is safe for both staff and fish.

The wide range of applications includes:

  • Supermarket tray washing
  • Container washing
  • Aquaculture tanks and RAS systems
  • Fogging
  • Remediation
  • General surfaces including walls and floors of grain stores
  • Vegetable washing
  • Ballast Water
Hydrus™ Ready-to-Use is a registered biocide, as PCS 99072.

Hydrus™ FAQs

What is Hydrus™?

Hydrus™ is a chlorine disinfectant which can quickly disinfect most types of surface while being safe for users. The combination of working safely and effectively with only short contact time and low concentrations required sets Hydrus™ apart from other disinfection products.

As Hydrus™ provides fast and thorough disinfection while not being classed as hazardous it is an ideal solution for general disinfection, including nursing homes, surgeries, salons, schools, crèches, offices, and other workplaces opening in line with the Government’s ‘Return to Work Safely Protocol’.

Is Hydrus™ dangerous to use? Will I need PPE to apply it?

No – Hydrus™ is safe to use. This means it can be used without the need for expensive PPE, employee training, or long waits before disinfected areas are ready for use. We do, however, recommend anyone involved in professional cleaning wear gloves and, when spraying, eye protection.

Do I need special equipment to apply Hydrus™?

No - Hydrus™ Ready-to-use can be used simply by applying to a cloth and wiping on surfaces. Other common ways to apply Hydrus™ Read-to-Use liquid are through sprayers or fogging machines.

Can I use Hydrus on desks and screens?

We also now have Hydrus™ Wipes available – high-grade wipes ready for use on any surface, and particularly useful for desks and computer keyboards. For wiping screens and polished surfaces, however, we recommend the use of alcohol wipes.

Will Hydrus™ kill Coronavirus?

Yes, Hydrus™ will kill Coronavirus.

We are able to make this claim because Hydrus™ has passed (with only 2 minutes contact time) the EN14476:2013 + A2:2019 test - the relevant standard for virucidal efficacy, including SARS-CoV-2.

Is Hydrus™ safe for surfaces? Can it be used on fabrics?

Yes, Hydrus™ is safe for surfaces including laminates and metals - we are not aware of any surfaces or materials that Hydrus™ is not suitable for. However, we cannot test every material and dye available on the market, so if you have fabrics or soft furnishings that are of particular concern we would recommend you test a small amount of Hydrus on a discreet corner of the fabric first.

Does Hydrus™ contain any hazardous substances?

Hydrus™ is safe to use and, unlike some other common disinfectants on the market, does not contain any hazardous substances.

The unique Sodium Hypochlorite formulation of Hydrus™ delivers strong results at a lower pH than comparable Peracetic Acid or Hydrogen Peroxide disinfectants. This means by comparison Hydrus™ is less corrosive and leaves negligible residue unlike Peracetic acid and Hydrogen Peroxide formulations, which leave chlorate, chlorite and perchlorate residue.

Other disinfectants, such as some types of Quats (Quaternary Ammonium Compounds), are not safe for food surfaces, are known irritants, and are linked to respiratory issues in humans as well as fertility issues in mice.

Commonly used Quats include:

  • BACs (benzalkonium chlorides)
  • Centrimide
  • Cetylpyridinium chloride
  • DDAC (didecyl-dimethyl-ammonium chloride
  • Dioctyl-dimethyl-ammonium chloride
  • Benzethonium chloride

Hydrus™ does not contain any Quats, or any type of hazardous substance. Hydrus™ is not classed as hazardous and is safe to use.

Can I use Hydrus™ in my situation/workplace?

Hydrus™ will be effective on almost all surfaces and settings. The unique combination of high speed and efficacy across a range of situations, while still being safe to use makes Hydrus™ a great solution for many different workplaces. Hydrus™ has been successfully used in situations ranging from offices to hospitals, dental surgeries to childcare centres, and building sites to beauticians’ salons.

If you are unsure if Hydrus™ would be suitable for your situation, please do get in touch with us for further information.

Can Hydrus™ be used in areas where food is prepared?

Yes – as Hydrus™ is not classed as hazardous, there is no problem in using it on surfaces or in areas where food is prepared.

Hydrus™ is produced using only food-grade materials.

Unlike many other common disinfectants (eg some types of Quats) which remain hazards on surfaces long after they are applied, Hydrus™ will leave surfaces ready to use as soon as the product has dried. Hydrus™ is Quat free.

Are there particular surfaces that Hydrus™ will damage? Is it corrosive?

We advise not to use Hydrus™ on screens as alcohol wipes are better for this application.

We are not aware of other surfaces that cannot be treated with Hydrus™ but the best advice is always to try a small sample area first, mainly fabrics if there is a concern. Hydrus™ is not corrosive.

Hydrus™ smells like bleach, surely that means it is dangerous?

As a chlorine disinfectant, Hydrus™ does smell like bleach. However, unlike bleach, Hydrus™ is not classed as hazardous. It can be used directly on hands and is safe on surfaces.

Will Hydrus™ keep my room disinfected for 30 days?

Unfortunately not. Hydrus™ is fast and effective, but it does not work as a persistent disinfectant.

The class of chemical needed for this are called Quats (Quaternary Ammonium Compounds), many of which are both hazardous and have known health concerns. Hydrus™, by contrast, is not classed as hazardous and can be used safely on your skin as a hand sanitizer.

Has Hydrus™ been properly tested and approved?
Microorganism EfficacyStandardContact Time
Mycobactericidal EN14348
EN1276
EN13727
1 min
2 min
1 min
Bactericidal EN13697
EN16615
EN13624
2 min
2 min
2 min
Yeasticidal/Fungicidal EN13697 (yeast only)
EN16615 (yeast only)
2 min
2 min
Virucidal EN14476 1 min
Sporicidal EN13704 2 min
For further information about specific microorganisms is available on request.
Where can I buy Hydrus™?

Hydrus™ is available directly from Nova Q. See the link on our online shop or contact us to arrange delivery or collection from our warehouse in Dublin. We have in stock Hydrus™ Ready-to-use Liquid in both 5L and 25L sizes, as well as Hydrus™ Wipes.

Hydrus™ Ready-to-use Liquid and Hydrus™ Wipes are also available online through our growing network of distributors:

I’m interested in selling/distributing Hydrus™ – is this possible?

Yes – we are always happy to hear from potential new distributors. If you are interested in working with us, please get in touch with us via the contact page.

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