Stop Sharing, Start Caring with TANCS®
In the best-selling children’s book, Germs Are Not for Sharing, author Elizabeth Verdick teaches children the importance of not sharing germs by:
- Covering sneezes or coughs
- Blowing kisses not face-kissing when sick
- And, of course, washing hands.
As Caring adults, we want kids to stop Sharing germs.
Still, even responsible adults share millions of germs by touching common surfaces over the course of a day.
When Being “In Touch” is Sickening, Expensive
University of Arizona (UA) microbiologist Charles Gerba discovered that “the hand [is]…quicker than the sneeze in the spread of disease…Most people think it's coughing and sneezing that spreads germs, but the number of objects you touch is incredible.”
In an office study with 80 participants, UA researchers found that one sick person at work in the morning infected more than half of commonly-touched surfaces and other workers by Noon. By the end of the day, a stomach virus spread to nearly three-fourths of the surfaces. Employees had a 40-90 percent chance of getting sick in that environment, and Gerba calculated that one person coming in sick can cost a company hundreds of dollars in lost productivity (Ref 1).
Surface Germs - The Gift That Keeps on Giving
If that isn’t bad enough, the peer-reviewed journal, BMC Infectious Diseases, notes many pathogens can live on surfaces from days to many months, and remain infectious. “The most common nosocomial pathogens may well survive or persist on surfaces for months and can thereby be a continuous source of transmission” (Ref 2 and Germ Survival Tables below).
Germ Survival Table 1
Germ Survival Table 2
When Wiping is Unwise
Disposable antibacterial wipes are often used on commonly-shared surfaces, but a study published in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology noted:
“Although wipes play a role in decreasing the number of pathogenic bacteria from contaminated surfaces, they can potentially transfer bacteria to other surfaces if they are reused” (Ref 3).
Reusable microfiber cleaning cloths also commonly cross-contaminate surfaces (Ref 4).
Lastly, most cleaning, antimicrobial, and disinfecting chemical ingredients are themselves hazardous to health (Ref 5), and proper wet contact times of chemical disinfectants – often ranging from 2-10 minutes (Ref 6) – rarely occur in a spray-and-wipe approach.
Stop Sharing, Start Caring with TANCS
Tap-water only, chemical-free TANCS Dry Steam Vapor cleans and disinfects in just 2-7 seconds of contact time, rather than 2-10 minutes. Its high-temperature (215 to 230 degrees F), low-pressure (50-60 psi), low-moisture (6%) steam applied using insulated tools immediately kills microbes on the surface and in the applicator to prevent spreading or sharing germs, and without harming people or planet.
Isn’t it time to stop Sharing [germs] and start Caring by using Advanced Vapor Technologies’ patented TANCS technology?
1. Germs Spread Fast @ Work, Study Finds, 2013.
2. How long do nosocomial pathogens persist on inanimate surfaces? A systematic review, BMC Infectious Diseases, 2006.
3. Limitations of the Efficacy of Surface Disinfection in the Healthcare Setting, Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, 2009.
4. Spread of bacteria on surfaces when cleaning with microfiber cloths, Journal of Hospital Infection, 2009.
6. EPA Registered Hard Surface Disinfectants Comparison Chart, retrieved 2018.