frequently asked questions

How does the BactiBarrier Cleaning System work?

The active ingredient in the BactiBarrier 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. For more information, click here.

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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 "spear" to the surface.

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Is the BactiBarrier Cleaning system technology a quaternary compound?

The formula 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, this formula provides long-term protection, and controls a very broad spectrum of microorganisms (including Gram (+) and Gram (-) bacteria). Plus, it is easy to use.

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What is the difference between the BactiBarrier Cleaning System and other antimicrobial cleaning systems on the market?

Conventional antimicrobial cleaning systems 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 antimicrobials 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 BactiBarrier technology 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…basically, for the life of that surface. The surface itself is modified to make it antimicrobially active for the normal life of the substrate onto which it is applied. For more information, click here.

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Is there a test method to determine if the active ingredient of the BactiBarrier Cleaning System is present?

The BactiBarrier Cleaning Systems active ingredient that, in most cases, can be easily detected.

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How does the BactiBarrier Cleaning System react to commercial and residential carpets?

The newer and older solution dyed carpets can be treated with the BactiBarrier® 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.

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Is the active ingredient permeable to moisture?

Yes, moisture that is in or on the treated material or surface passes through the treatment. After curing, the treatment is somewhat hydrophobic (water repellent), but it should not be considered a replacement for commercial water repellents.

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Does the BactiBarrier Cleaning System 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 abrasive compound.

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How long does the treatment last?

Since the cured antimicrobial 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 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.

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Is there re-growth after treatment?

Because it bonds to the surface, there is long-term protection against regrowth and future contamination on treated surfaces that are new. Porous surfaces, which are contaminated below the surface, may need professional mitigation prior to use and will occasionally experience some growth, which breaks through a treated surface, like grout if the space behind the wall is wet.

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What preparation is necessary prior to applying the treatment?

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 BactiBarrier® Cleaning System provides a perfect combination of cleaner and antimicrobial.

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How should a contaminated surface be treated?

There are many toxigenic microbes. In order to ensure the BactiBarrier® 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.

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How is the BactiBarrier Cleaning System implemented?

BactiBarrier® Authorized Applicators are trained and understand state-of-the-art application techniques that address your specific project's scope of work following established Protocols. Using proper techniques, technicians choose from direct application, fine-tuned spray/fogging, or an electrostatic application process. Our trained applicators understand every application method and choose the appropriate method.

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What are some common uses for the BactiBarrier system?

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.

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