Electrostatic spray equipment
These days, electrostatic sprayers are in higher demand than ever with more businesses taking steps to protect themselves and their customers from the COVID-19 pandemic. Proper disinfection of surfaces in high-touch areas is essential to effective infection control, and electrostatic spraying is a great way to get the job done right.
What is Electrostatic Spraying?
Electrostatic spray technology creates droplets of mist 900 times smaller than the droplets produced by conventional sprayer devices. The tip of electrostatic sprayers is exactly that– electrostatic! This gives the ultra-fine mist an electrical charge that results in an attraction force between the spray droplets and the target surface, which usually has a neutral or a negative charge.
This magnetic attraction helps the sprayer particles bind to surfaces achieving better coating coverage and thus more effective disinfection. An electrostatic sprayer is just as easy, if not easier, to use as a traditional sprayer but spreads disinfectants much more effectively.
Where to Use Electrostatic Spraying
For a long time, electrostatic sprayers were primarily seen as industrial equipment to be used for only heavy-duty cleaning jobs by professionals. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, however, sprayers are being used in more settings than ever before, now being found in common public areas like grocery stores, classrooms, mass transit vehicles, and hospitals. Spraying is so easy that any unskilled worker can do the job correctly, and general disinfectants are safe enough for general use in a wide range of applications.
Sprayers can be used to disinfect hard seating areas, tables, and countertops. They’re great for cafeterias, classrooms, and other school spaces where dozens or even hundreds of pairs of hands may be touching every day. Retailers are regularly using spray products on shopping carts and baskets. If there are lots of people touching it, it should be disinfected, and nothing does the job better over a large area than a sprayer.
Scorpion Coatings offers infection control solutions for all sorts of applications and we’ve got different product lines to meet your unique needs. Our original Punch Citrus formulation is rated for areas up to 6,000 cubic feet and is effective for disinfection against MRSA, Influenza A, TB, HIV-1, and other common viruses and bacteria. It’s perfect for use in sanitary areas that require disinfection like classrooms, gyms, and public vehicles.
Our new Shield Ultra formulation is a comprehensive virucide that now meets the EPA’s criteria as an approved disinfectant for use against the novel coronavirus. It’s government-approved for hospital use as a surface cleaner and disinfectant that kills molds, mildews, and bacteria.
Scorpion’s Shield Ultra is a comprehensive Biocide/Virucide (rated against the Coronavirus).
The Quaternary Disinfectant in Shield-Ultra is on the EPA’s ‘List N’ and therefore Shield-Ultra meets “EPA’s criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19”.
EPA Registered. Highly concentrated Hospital Grade floor and surface cleaner and disinfectant, controls mold and mildew. Dilutes at a rate of 2 oz per gallon of water and kills many canine and feline diseases as well as TB, HIV-1, MRSA, Coronavirus (SARS-associated), Human Coronavirus and much more.
Punch-Citrus is an EPA-registered disinfectant for areas up to 6,000 cubic feet. Kills MRSA, Influenza A, TB, HIV-1 (AIDS Virus), and many common viruses. A true Hospital-Grade Broad Spectrum Disinfectant that Kills viruses, bacteria and more.
Use in classrooms, gyms, churches, vehicles, buses, ambulances, EMS vehicles, locker rooms and other areas that require disinfecting or odor elimination. Disinfects mold, mildew, viruses, bacteria and more. Also prevents regrowth of mold and mildew.
In a day and age where sanitation and sterilization are more important than ever before, you need every defense against harmful bacteria in your environment that you can get. Modern innovations in sterilization technologies have brought us micro-resistant coatings with chemical properties that make it naturally more difficult for bacteria to grow and thrive.
Scorpion Coatings knows a thing or two about antimicrobial coatings and surfaces– do you? Here’s our ultimate guide to antimicrobial coatings and how they can help protect you, your business, and your customers from the latest and not-so-greatest biothreats invading our society today.
What Are Antimicrobial Coatings?
An antimicrobial coating uses specific agents to prevent the growth and development of harmful bacteria through a chemical process called cellular membrane perturbation. In other words, antimicrobial coatings are a layer of a chemical coating that you put on top of a surface to stop the spread of germs.
Antimicrobial coatings can be applied to all kinds of surface materials regardless of their existing coatings. An antimicrobial coating can be applied over ink, paint, latex, polyurethane, PVC, powder coatings, or lacquers. Since all of these types of surface applications can hold bacteria and foster fungal growth, the protection of an antimicrobial coating can control this microbial growth and keep the surface safe.
How Do Antimicrobial Surfaces Work?
These coatings interact with bacteria cells by interrupting their ability to reproduce and live sustainably on a given surface. As a result, soiled surfaces retain fewer germs resulting in the lessened transmission of disease. Additives in antimicrobial surface coatings provide long-lasting resistance to microbes thanks to antimicrobial technology discovered through hospital research intended to prevent the spread of pathogens in healthcare facilities.
Antimicrobial surfaces have long active lifespans with additives that can last for months or even years to reduce the spread of germs. Antimicrobial technology makes it possible to kill germs on surfaces, door handles, and other high-touch items without the need for rigorous disinfection between each touch.
What Cleaning Agents are Found in Antimicrobial Coatings?
There are all kinds of materials and additives found in antimicrobial coatings that control the spread and growth of microbial pathogens. More specifically, there are specific metals that have chemical makeups that make it harder for pathogens to live long enough to multiply quickly. These cleaning materials don’t necessarily kill germs the same way a disinfectant spray does– they instead control the spread of disease by preventing germs from growing and reproducing.
As a result, the products you’ll find in most antimicrobial surfaces are a bit different than the household cleaning products you’d expect. Here’s a look at some of the additives you’ll find in antimicrobial coatings.
Copper and other metal alloys like brass, bronze, and cupronickel are natural antimicrobials that prevent the growth of microbial pathogens. Their chemical structure is harmful to most bacteria and won’t allow them to live in close contact with the metals. As a result, materials rich in copper, brass, and other metals are effective at mitigating infections.
A dendrimer is a very large star-shaped molecule that’s measured on the nanometer scale. Dendrimers are effective antimicrobials because they can penetrate the cellular membrane. This allows them to kill harmful bacteria that cause infections rapidly.
A polymer brush is exactly what it sounds like– a brush made of a microscopic polymer that’s fixed to the surface. These brushes make the surface more abrasive at the molecular level making it harder for bacteria to live and thrive. Antimicrobial coatings may have functionalized polymer brushes, non-fouling polymer brushes, or brushes comprising bactericidal polymers.
Nanoparticles of Silver
Silver is particularly effective at creating protection from the growth of many bacteria in the same way that copper is. Silver, however, can be effective up to 10 nanometers away and is more potent the larger the silver nanoparticle is. While silver is an expensive additive, it’s a crucial additive to make antimicrobial coatings provide more powerful protection.
Graphene and graphene materials react chemically with bacterial membranes causing them to undergo oxidative stress. Additionally, graphene particles are large enough to trap smaller micro-organisms. This makes graphene a powerful additive in microbe-resistant coatings since it essential thrashes bacteria into submission and renders them unable to reproduce.
Benefits of Antimicrobial Coating
Antimicrobial coatings are an important innovation we can use to improve public health in all areas of our society. Coatings are more affordable than they’ve ever been, and antimicrobial additives in these coatings are even safer than many additive chemicals found in traditional cleaning products. As a result, using antimicrobial coatings is a no-brainer in sensitive environments. Here are a few of the key reasons to install antimicrobial coatings in your business:
Protection from Infections
Antimicrobial additives in these coatings help prevent the spread of infection, helping to improve the overall health and wellness of visitors to your facility. People should feel safe and shouldn’t have to take a medical risk just because you haven’t taken the proper precautions to keep your place of business safe.
Save time and money with less cleaning thanks to antimicrobial paints and coatings. Coating products stop germs from living on surfaces and spreading, so you don’t have to wipe down a surface after each and every touch. While you still have to clean your surfaces regularly, it’s no longer imperative to clean many surfaces each time they’re used.
Less cleaning means less labor and fewer supplies. That all means lower costs! Oh, by the way, fewer people getting sick in your workplace means more productivity, too. And if you work in a healthcare setting, keeping people healthy isn’t just your job, but it’s critical to keeping costs down for your hospital or your medical facilities.
Drawbacks of Antimicrobial Coatings
There are very few drawbacks to antimicrobial coatings, but most notably, they can be rather expensive. As a result of the metals and uncommon chemical agents found in coating agents, the cost of a coating product can be considerably higher than traditional household cleaning products.
Additionally, while some antimicrobial coating products can last for years, a cheaper product may degrade over time and may not offer the same protection from microbes as a robust product like Scorpion BioSting. Make sure you get the best product available on the market to enjoy the significant benefits that antimicrobial coatings can offer.
Common Uses for Antimicrobial Coating
Antimicrobial technology is important in any industry, but some sectors have a particularly strong need to mitigate infection risk. These are some of the most common industry applications of antimicrobial surface coatings.
Healthcare and Medical Facilities
Healthcare facilities have the most critical needs for sterilization technologies, and antimicrobial surface coatings are a key part of their sanitation solution. Antimicrobial surfaces help to make office safe places for medical patience to get their care.
Food Service Industry
The food industry has to use antimicrobial surfaces to prevent active microbes from getting into the food supply. Prep and shipping surfaces are two of the common areas where you’ll see antimicrobial paint being used.
Public spaces, whether publicly or privately owned, are thriving environments for germs. As a result, countertops, door handles, and bathroom objects are all candidates for antimicrobial coatings.
Air Quality Control
Air ducts are an important environment to keep sterile even though there aren’t many hands touching the ducts on a daily basis. You can use antimicrobial methods to stop the spread of active bacteria in your airway systems to keep your air quality fresh at all times.
Scorpion BioSting by Scorpion Coating
Scorpion BioSting is a specially designed polyaspartic coating that’s engineered to kill a broad spectrum of disease-causing microbes. We’ve created a coating that’s 99.99% effective at preventing the growth of bacteria and fungi using multiple methods to prevent the microbes from adapting and developing resistance.
C150 Corded fogger is used for quick and easy application of Sheild Ultra. 1.6 gallon capacity.
DC20 Cordless fogger is similar to the C150, but cordless and small capacity. 1/2 Gallon Capacity.