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By Nicole - 22nd June, 2022 | Posted in Facilities, Hospitality
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ATP swabs are used to verify whether the cleaning process has taken place successfully.

At Sychem, we work in partnership with Hygiena to offer an extensive range of ATP swabs, for surfaces and solutions.

What is an ATP swab? 

An ATP swab is used to test for the presence of ATP on a surface or within a solution, and as such is used to measure the cleanliness levels of a facility.

The ATP test provides accurate results that define, monitor & maintain cleaning standards within a facility. The presence of ATP on a surface indicates improper cleaning and the presence of contamination, including food residue, allergens and/or bacteria. This implies a potential for the surface to harbour and support bacterial growth.

What is ATP? 

ATP is an abbreviation for adenosine triphosphate, an energy molecule found in all living cells allowing cellular metabolism to take place. ATP can be found in all forms of organic matter.

What is an ATP test?

There are three crucial elements to an ATP surface test: the luminometer, bioluminescence chemistry and the test device design.

The ATP Monitoring System by Hygiena joins an industry-leading photodiode with superior liquid-stable chemistry and the patented test device, to produce the most accurate ATP monitoring system on the market.

Hygiena’s advanced testing devices contain a natural enzyme found in fireflies, which then produces a simple bioluminescent reaction when it encounters any ATP remaining on a surface. This reaction then admits light as a bi-product, and the light is then measured within the luminometer.

Using an ATP Hygiena swab, ATP gets taken from the surface, which then reacts with the Luciferin/Luciferase residing at the top of the test. The reaction emits light as a bi-product. The light is then measured within the luminometer.

Measuring the amount of bioluminescence from an ATP reaction provides an excellent indication of a surface’s cleanliness, as the quantity of light generated by the reaction is directly proportional to the amount of ATP present within the sample.

The reaction is immediate, and results can be processed directly at the test site and returned in seconds. Results are shown as a numerical value on the luminometer screen as Relative Light Units (RLU).

The reaction from the bioluminescence is immediate so that results can be processed directly at the test site within seconds. The results are expressed as a numerical value on the luminometer scree bub Relative Light Units (RLU).

Why use an ATP test?

ATP tests are used to verify cleaning practices in a variety of industries. The use of the test indicates whether the current cleaning methods are working, and where they are failing.

ATP Hygiene Monitoring is an incredibly effective way to verify cleaning, as it provides users with the ability to identify beyond that of a visual inspection. It offers quick and straightforward quantitative data that verifies that the surface is not clean and that cleaning procedures are not working.

What ATP swabs do we offer? 

In Hygiena’s extensive portfolio, they offer several ATP surface and solution test swabs, each offering its benefits, including:

Find out which ATP Hygiena swab is the ideal solution for you!

Sychem ATP Diagram pic SWABS Hygiena ATP Hygiena swab

Why choose an ATP Hygiena swab over other swabs on the market?

With their expertise and market-leading technology, Hygiena ensures that their extensive range of ATP swabs are the ideal solution to verify your cleaning practices.

Each surface and solution test swab features superior sample collection, a patented snap-valve design and is 100% recyclable!

Get in contact with a member of our expert team today!

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