Limitless Germ Kill without Chemicals Is Now Possible
The limits and liabilities of chemical disinfectants are well- known, while techniques that do not suffer these limitations are not.
Given the crowded market of chemical disinfectants vying for the consumers’ attention and dollar, we often see or hear bold product claims such as:
1. Kills Germs on Contact!
2. Kills 99.9% of Germs!
However, marketing claims are qualified in the fine print as:
- Kills only select germs immediately and not others.
- Destroys 99.9% of select pathogens on a clean nonporous surface that stays wet with the chemical for 2-10 minutes.
- A hospital-grade disinfectant kills Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus, but not necessarily pathogens like norovirus.
Read Labels for Limits and Qualifiers
Reading product labels carefully is revealing, based on what is and isn’t stated:
- Stated: “Must be diluted and used per label directions.”
- Unstated: If you do not follow directions to the letter, kill claims are not met, surfaces may be damaged, and there may be acute or long-term health impacts.
- Stated: “Keep surface wet with the product for 2-10 minutes.”
- Unstated: The product takes a long time to work, may require repeated application to maintain wetness, while causing prolonged human exposure to chemicals.
- Stated: Active ingredients are disabled by soil or soiled wipes on the surface, and hard water.
- Unstated: You’ll likely need to clean first, and if you have very hard water or soiled water, the product won’t work as claimed.
- Stated: “Use fresh solution each time. Replenish supply regularly.”
- Unstated: Active ingredients (actives) are often unstable with a short shelf- life; e.g., bleach. Actives become less effective or ineffective as solution ages in the bottle or bucket, and are gradually disabled by certain textiles (e.g., cotton) and or the introduction of soils.
- Stated: “Harmful to ingest.”
- Unstated: Ingredients are harmful to people, animals and aquatic life, not just microbes. Products should not be used on surfaces touched by young children without complete rinsing, due to danger of mouthing exposure.
- Stated: Use in a well-ventilated area. Avoid contact with skin.
- Unstated: Active ingredients are unhealthy to breathe, and are respiratory/skin irritants.
TANCS® Saturated Steam Vapor (SSV) – Disinfection without Limits
- No chemicals or mixing needed to meet claims related to EPA-Establishment Number 82121-WA-01. Kills virtually all pathogens within 2-7 seconds, including norovirus.
- Hard water and soil do not impair the efficacy of SSV disinfection.
- Potable tap water only. Unlimited shelf life.
- Saturated steam applied via insulated tools @ 190-220 degrees F. on the surface, keeps working constantly, and continuous-fill enables non-stop performance. Uses only 1.5 qts. of water per hour.
- SSV works well on smooth, porous, and even textile surfaces. Penetrates surfaces to kill embedded microbes and mold.
- No hazardous chemicals or related exposures.
Isn’t it time to move away from limited effectiveness and exposure safety to a disinfection method without such limits?