NanoSeptic versus traditional cleaning

NanoTouch NanoSeptic surface

NanoTouch products utilize several complex components which all work together. Our specialized fabrication process not only provides products that are durable enough to withstand routine cleaning, but also helps to accentuate the effectiveness of the ingredients and maximize the surface's self-cleaning action. Our products contain widely used, environmentally safe, "green" chemistry, which does not include diluted poisons or heavy metals. The material science we deploy, molecularly bonded on a nano-scale, provides a non-leaching, self-cleaning surface that oxidizes organic materials through a photocatalytic process using available light.

Silane and other Quaternary Ammonium compounds

Quats are lethal to a wide variety of organisms except endospores, mycobacterium TB, and non-enveloped viruses, but are not very effective in the presence of organic compounds, being deactivated by soaps, detergents and cotton fibers. They can also cause a range of health effects including skin and respiratory irritation. They have also been shown to cause resistance in microbes. The simple fact that this approach doesn’t hold up to washing makes it a poor choice for touchpoints and object resting areas.

Silver

One of the most interesting things about silver is that, in order for it to be an effective antimicrobial, it must be exposed to wetness or humidity that would not be typical on every-day surfaces. When we’re talking about touchpoints and object resting areas, most of the contact is dry, and when a silver coating is dry, it has no significant antimicrobial effect. You’ll frequently see manufacturers quoting lab tests based on the JIS standard. But this test protocol mandates that the surface be covered with a protective film so it won’t dry out. Not a very real-world scenario. Efficacy aside, silver is a heavy metal and a bio-accumulative toxin, meaning it builds up in our water supply and is horrifically toxic in aquatic systems.

Copper coatings

Unlike silver, copper is an effective antimicrobial in typical temperature and humidity levels. However, copper is another bio-accumulative heavy metal which can cause serious environmental effects. There have been some interesting studies on the effectiveness of copper materials being used in a healthcare setting for things like handles, bed rails, and other touchpoints. The biggest problem with this approach is the astronomical cost. The other issue is the layer of oxidation that builds up on copper surfaces and the effect that might have on its antimicrobial efficacy. And copper, like silver, can create resistant strains of microbes over time.

Microban®

Microban is a material additive that includes triclosan. It is added to the raw material, like plastics, in the manufacturing process of products. Microban is a leaching compound, meaning it is constantly being released from the surface of the material. As its registration states, it is intended to prevent discoloration and odor on products by preventing the growth of mold, mildew, and bacteria. Studies on the thyroid and estrogen effects led EPA to determine that more research on the potential health consequences of endocrine effects of triclosan is warranted. The Agency has previously indicated that because of the amount of research being planned and currently in progress, it will undertake another comprehensive review of triclosan beginning in 2013.

Disinfectants, hand sanitizers, UV systems and large scale misting systems

All of these solutions approach the problem of bacteria, viruses and fungus by cleaning surfaces…which is absolutely necessary. NanoSeptic surfaces are not meant to replace these methods, but instead, serve as a perfect complement. While the these approaches clean a touchpoint or a person’s hand, contamination happens with the next contact or from airborne contaminants. The NanoSeptic surface, on the other hand, is continuously self-cleaning.