What do we have to do before the coating process ?
Surfaces should be thoroughly cleaned and any residue from cleaning agents must be rinsed from the surfaces to be treated. The final rinse should come off without any signs of dirt or foaming from the cleaners. We have a compatible cleaning product that also is a disinfectant. The Covicoat Cleaning System provides a perfect combination of cleaner and antimicrobial.
How should a containment surface be cleaned ?
There are many toxigenic microbes. In order to ensure the COVICOAT™ treatment provides the best results, the surface to be protected should be cleaned. For normal contamination, solid surfaces should be thoroughly cleaned before treatment. Soft surfaces such as carpets and upholstery should be well vacuumed or professionally cleaned. Insulation can be cleaned and treated if only superficial growth on the surface is present. Insulation that has heavy growth or is damp should be removed and replaced.
How long does the treatment last ?
Since the cured antimicrobial is in-volatile, 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 antimicrobial 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.
Are there any gases given off ?
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 abrasive compound.
What are the common surfaces where COVICOAT™ is usefull ?
Common Surfaces – Chairs, desks, counter tops, door handles, common contact surfaces, bathroom surfaces, toilets, sinks, and kitchen surfaces. Building Materials and Components – Wooden building materials, engineered lumber, plywood, flake board, oriented strand board, particle board, fibre board, sheathing, decking or planking, wall board, vinyl siding, plastic siding, wood siding, concrete and concrete products, cinder blocks, brick, stone, ceiling tiles, architectural metal, louvers, vents, coping. Roofing Materials – Wood shingles, composite shingles, asphalt shingles, roofing granules, tiles, membranes, underlayment, wood shakes, felt, stone, concrete, asphalt coating, synthetic coating. Insulation Materials – Cellulose insulation, fiberglass insulation, panel insulation, rigid foam, expanded foam, moisture and wind fabric barriers. General Use Materials – Vinyl, plastic, wood, laminate, concrete, tile, stone, wallboard, gypsum board, plaster, EIFS wall systems, fiberglass, synthetic stucco, cinder block, brick, siding, wall paper and wall coverings, carpet, underlayment, mats. Fabric Materials – Acetates, acrylics, cotton, fiberglass, nylon, lycra, polyester, polyethylene, polyolefin’s, polypropylene, rayon, spandex, vinyl, wool, orlon, silk, natural down, and blends of these fibres.
How does it work ?
The active ingredient in the COVICOAT™ Cleaning System is an antimicrobial that forms a colorless, odorless, positively charged polymer, which permanently bonds to the treated surface. You could think of it as a layer of electrically charged spears. When a microorganism comes in contact with the treated surface, the quaternary amine spear 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 spear 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.
Is the chemical used in the product certified and tested?
The science of the product is in place for many years and has been in use. COVICOAT™ is powered by Bacti-Barrier, a product which has been in application in India for over 4 years and Internationally for over decade. The chemical used has gone through a lot of testing for efficacy and toxicity in International and national top laboratories. The product Bacti-Barrier comes from the incubation at CSIR-IITR in India. The product has gone through a 30 months field study in USA and over 9 months in India by CSIR IITR. It has been certified by Indian Institute of Toxicology Research. For more technical information, get in touch with us or check the technical section of the website.
How does COVICOAT™ work with Carpets and Fabrics ?
The newer and older solution dyed carpets can be treated with the COVICOAT™ Cleaning System. Carpets need to be cleaned prior to application with specially formulated carpet cleaning detergent to insure that active ingredient in formulation bonds. Like any cleaning detergent directions specify, all carpets and upholstery should be tested for dye fastness prior to treatment.