FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the Protex90 protocol for treating bacteria and mold?
the Protex90 system calls for a layered protocol when treating bacteria and mold. The active ingredient forms a colorless, odorless, positively charged polymer that chemically bonds to the treated surface. You could think of it as a layer of electrically charged barbs. When a microorganism comes in contact with the treated surface, the quaternary amine barb punctures the microbial 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 barb is ready for the next cell to contact it. Normal cleaning will easily remove the dead cells.
Does the barrier give off gases during or after application?
No. The coating does not volatilize, dissipate, or leach onto other surfaces or people. Its chemistry polymerizes (bonds) where it is applied and forms a semi-permanent bond that essentially lasts the life of the treated surface when not touched or rubbed with friction. Normal cleaning will not easily remove the protectant barrier, although it can be eventually abraded away with friction. The EPA states that the Protex90 molecule can be reapplied after 90 days, if necessary.
How long will the Protex90 treatment last?
Since the cured antimicrobial is non-volatile, insoluble, and non-leaching, in theory the treatment should last for the life of the treated surface. This is true if the surface is never touched again, such as behind a wall. Add in cleaning protocols in a public area, we recommend quarterly treatments. Factors include the cleanliness of the surface before application and how often disinfectants are used post application.
Can the product be used on porous and non-porous surfaces?
Yes – the Protectant can be used on most surfaces, both porous and non-porous. This is a tremendous advantage over common disinfectants which by federal law are mostly approved for hard, non-porous surfaces.
How is the product applied?
The water-based product can be applied by pump up sprayer, back pack sprayer, or fogger. In some cases, Protex90 may be wiped on a surface.
How many products use the Protex90 molecule as part of their formulation?
We currently have 4 products
• Protex90 Protectant – Available commercially for approved applicators
• Protex90 DP (Disinfectant (with mild biocide) / Protectant) – Available commercially for approved applicators
• Protex90 for Hands – For use once per day - Soon to be available.
• Protex90 for Laundry – Soon to be available
What preparation should applicators use prior to applying the treatment?
Surfaces should be cleaned or scoured.
Are there any safety concerns after application is complete?
No. The unique properties permit bonding to most surfaces to which it is applied. Furthermore, this product will not give off any gases, leach onto other surfaces, or lose its strength quickly. If the surface is kept clean with normal cleaning procedures, the surface will continue to fight microbial growth.
What types of microorganisms does it work against?
The EPA states that the molecule is effective against microbes such as mold, mildew, fungi, algae and bacteria causing stains and odors.
Is additional cleaning necessary?
Yes. The product provides continuous antimicrobial protection that protects the surfaces. However, normal cleaning practices should be maintained. Regular cleaning will ‘clean’ the barbs and prepare them for the arrival of additional microbes.
Does Protex90 begin working immediately?
It begins to work as soon as it dries on a surface and comes in contact with any microorganism.
Has anyone ever gotten sick from using the product?
Extensive testing and a long use history of environmental use have shown it to be safe. While it is impossible to say that no one will ever experience an allergic reaction, it is highly unlikely a negative experience would be observed.
What PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) is required?
Wearing gloves, protective mask and eyewear recommended. Follow all label directions.