Anti-Microbial FAQS

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How does the Anti-Microbial coating technology applied work?

The active ingredient in the Anti-microbial forms a colorless, odorless, positively charged polymer, which chemically bonds to the treated surface. You could think of it as a layer of Electrically charged swords. When a microorganism comes in contact with the treated surface, the quaternary amine sword punctures the cell membrane and the electrical charge shocks the cell. Since nothing is transferred to the now dead cell, the Antimicrobial doesn’t lose strength and the sword is ready for the next cell to contact it. Normal cleaning of treated surfaces is necessary to prevent build up of dirt, dead microbes, etc. which could cover the treatment, prohibiting it from killing microorganisms.

What is the purpose of the silane portion of the molecule?

Silanes are extremely efficient bonding agents, which can be coupled to other Molecules and then used to permanently bond those molecules to a target surface This process modifies surface properties of building materials and transforms them to a material that will not support microbial growth. In other words, it is the “glue” that holds the “spike” to the surface.

Is the technology a quaternary compound?

Yes, it is an organosilane, but part of the molecule is a quaternary amine. Unlike traditional quats, which have a very short effectiveness and a limited kill spectrum, provides long-term protection, and controls a very broad spectrum of microorganisms (including Gram (+) and Gram (-) bacteria). Plus, it is easier to use.

What is the difference between Anti-Microbial on the Market?

Conventional products penetrate living cells and kill by way of poisoning the Organism. They are designed to act quickly and dissipate quickly to avoid adverse effects to humans and animals due to their toxic ingredients. Most Commercial Antimicrobail used for treating building surfaces do a great job of getting a quick kill on bacteria and fungi, although most have a limited spectrum of effectiveness. The technology SAFETOUCH uses takes a totally unique approach. It provides an effective initial microbial kill when applied, like the conventional methods, but it also provides long-term control of growth on treated surfaces. The surface itself is modified to make it Antimicrobail active for the normal life of the substrate onto which it is applied.

Is there a test method to determine if Anti-Microbial is present?

The technology is based on an active ingredient that, in most cases, can be easily detected.

How does the Anti-Microbial react to commercial and residential carpets?

The newer solution dyed carpets are excellent to apply on. There have been some instances of slight color fade with certain acid dyes. All carpets and upholstery should be tested for dye fastness prior to treatment.

Does treatment give off gases during or after application?

No, it does not volatilize, dissipate, or leach onto other surfaces or into the environment. Its chemistry polymerizes where it is applied and forms a permanent bond that lasts for the life of the treated surface. Normal cleaning should not remove the treatment, although it can be abraded away if the surface comes into contact with a gritty compound.

How long does the treatment last?

Since the cured Anti-microbial is involatile, insoluble, and non-leaching, the treatment should last for the life of the treated surface. The life of the treated surface depends on a number of factors, not the least of which is surface preparation. If you treat a dirty or unstable surface, when the dirt comes off or the surface is disturbed, the effectiveness of the Antimicrobail will decrease. Abrasive or caustic (pH 12.0) cleaners will also shorten effective life. In our experience, our home office applicators have seen effectiveness for the life of the substrate with normal housekeeping The coating actually bonds to the surface and becomes “one” with the surface. However, it will eventually come off with wear. Therefore, we recommend a SAFETOUCH treatment quarterly, semi-annually, or annually depending on the type of facility and traffic.