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Can antimicrobial protectants with the active ingredient Quaternary Silane (aka Si-Quat) kill SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19)?
Yes-The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued an update to the August 24, 2020 emergency declaration to the state of Texas approving the use of a Si-Quat antimicrobial product on airplanes, airports and medical facilities that will kill COVID-19 for up to seven days after the surface has been treated.
“The EPA is providing an expedited path for our nation’s manufacturers and innovators to get cutting-edge, long-lasting disinfecting products into the marketplace as safely and quickly as possible,” says EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler. “As we continue to re-open our schools, workplaces, and other public spaces, it is important that Americans have as many tools as possible to slow the spread of COVID-19.”
In other countries, longer term testing (45+ days) of a Si-Quat antimicrobial protectant directly on SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) have been completed with promising results.
Why is using a Si-Quat antimicrobial biostatic surface protectant better than just sanitizing?
The common protocol in place to address COVID-19 uses standard sanitizers approved by the EPA to kill SARS-Cov-2 (EPA-N list). While it is true that these sanitizers kill SARS-Cov-2, the area remains sanitary only as long as it remains untouched. Once the surface has been touched it has been contaminated and must be sanitized again. This requires manpower and exposes staff and clients to excessive chemicals. Over time germs and viruses adapt to chemical disinfectants and thus create superbugs that are resistant to the chemical disinfectant. When you use a Si-Quat antimicrobial biostatic surface protectant, the germ and virus is destroyed by electrical currents and thus no mutation capability. Furthermore, this surface is protected for an extended period of time with the mechanical charge. Treatment is required periodically and remains protected with regular contact. The microscopic, mechanical spikes are worn down over time from contact and require retreatment. High-touch areas require more frequent treatment to maintain the protective surface structure.
How do Si-Quat antimicrobial biostatic surface protectant products work?
When it dries the active ingredient forms an odorless, colorless, positively charged polymer that forms a covalent bond either to hard or soft surfaces. When a microorganism comes in contact with the treated surface, the Quaternary amine “spear” punctures the cell membrane and a small electrical charge “shocks” the cell. Since nothing is transferred to the now dead cell, the antimicrobial doesn’t lose strength and the “spear’’ is ready for the next cell to contact it.
Why should I use a Si-Quat antimicrobial biostatic surface protectant?
In the media there are countless stories about microbes or infection or microbial mutation or the growing ineffectiveness of antibiotics. This is because infection is the No.1 cause of death worldwide. 25 years ago 80% of infection was controlled by antibiotics. Today less than 50% are controllable. Superbug mutations caused by antibiotic over use and disinfectants are becoming more and more prevalent. Additionally, mold is more lethal than asbestos and is more common and 80% of infections are spread by human touch. Si-Quat antimicrobial biostatic surface protectants help protect from this threat in a safe, non-toxic, environmentally friendly and cost-effective way.
What is the difference between Si-Quat antimicrobial biostatic surface protectants and other products?
Si-Quat antimicrobial biostatic surface protectants are powered by the same powerful quaternary molecule that delivers bacteriostatic protection to most surfaces. This means you can get the persistent bacteriostatic action without any change to your cleaning regime or method. Si-Quat antimicrobial biostatic surface protectants are designed for everyday sanitizing and cleaning use. When applied to a clean, sanitized surface, our antimicrobial biostatic surface protectant will provide up to 90 days of bacteriostatic protection. This means a room can be fogged or sprayed and once dry you will have ongoing protection for up to 90 days between your normal cleanings. Although this type of cleaning technology sounds truly amazing, it actually touches your life every day and you may not even know it. The same powerful technology is used all over the world in manufactured products that most people use every day. This includes odor resistant clothing, antimicrobial items such as mousepads and medical devices, it is even used to make paint resistant to mold and mildew. Our antimicrobial biostatic surface protectant brings this technology to the general public and put it to use in your everyday life.
Where can I use Si-Quat antimicrobial biostatic surface protectants?
Si-Quat antimicrobial biostatic surface protectants can be used anywhere a normal sanitizing spray or other product can be used, either at home, nurseries, churches, transportation hubs, medical facilities, the office or any commercial environment. It can also be used in manufacturing processes to add anti-microbial activity to a product. It can also be used in bathrooms, living areas, chairs, tables, virtually all touchpoints and even on clothing and fabrics.
How are Si-Quat antimicrobial biostatic surface protectants applied?
Antimicrobial biostatic surface protectants can be applied using trigger sprays, foggers, or pump up sprayers – just apply to clean surfaces and let it dry. For full protection, it is recommended to apply using electrostatic sprayers that cause the material to wrap around the surface providing more comprehensive coverage.
How do I know how much product is needed to cover my property?
A gallon of Si-Quat antimicrobial biostatic surface protectant should conservatively cover 6,000 square feet using an electrostatic sprayer.
How much does it cost?
The cost to protect your environment using our Si-Quat bacteriostatic surface protectant costs less than $.02 per square foot for the product only when using an electrostatic sprayer. If COVID-19 Protection Services were to handle the periodic application of the surface protectant for you, the cost would be $.06 per square foot. Ask us about multi-facility and large implementation discounts. Please contact us to request an estimate and pricing for our remaining products.
Can the product be used on porous and non-porous surfaces?
Yes – It can be used on all surfaces and on fabrics so you can protect your clothes as well.
What does bacteriostatic mean?
Bac-te-ri-o-static Noun The prevention of the further growth of bacteria