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Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I use these anti-microbials?

EPS uses only EPA Registered microbials that have 26 years of safe and effective use, used by hundreds of millions of people, is non-poisonous, non-heavy metal based and guaranteed for 20 years to prevent mold, bacteria, mildew, algae and fungus. If you own a home, building, office, have school children, have asthma, have allergies or a weakened immune system, you are affected by microbes everyday. Every object that you touch has substantial microbe infestation that is a Fact! You can now limit the amount of microbe contamination that you breathe and touch. The answer is EPS's Anti-microbials.

How do the EPS Anti-microbials chemicals work?

The active ingredient in the EPS Anti-microbials forms a colorless, odorless, positively charged polymer, which chemically bonds to the treated surface. You could think of it as a layer of electrically charged swords. When a microorganism comes in contact with the treated surface, the quaternary amine sword punctures the cell membrane and the electrical charge shocks the cell. Since nothing is transferred to the now dead cell, the anti-microbial doesn't lose strength and the sword is ready for the next cell to contact it. Note that in order for the Microbe Guard Anti-microbials to continue their effectiveness, normal cleaning of treated surfaces is necessary. Dirt buildup, paint, dead microbes, etc. will cover the treatment prohibiting it from killing microorganisms.

Are the EPS Anti-microbials safe for people and the environment?

This EPA Registered microbe preventative has been used safely for over 26 years. It is currently used by Nike, Reebok, New Balance, Rockport, Brillo Pads, Franklin Sports, and used in: air filters, hospital drapes, hospital clothing, wound dressings, socks, baby mattresses, baby diapers and thousands of other products. Our Anti-microbial technology was used extensively on over 300 buildings surrounding ground zero.

What is the difference between the EPS Anti-microbials and other anti-microbials on the market?

Conventional products 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 anti-microbials 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 heavy metal based anti-microbials on the market leach into the environment and lose their effectiveness over time. The EPS Anti-microbials take a totally unique approach. They provide an effective initial microbial kill when applied, like the conventional methods, but also provide long-term control of growth on treated surfaces for the life of that surface. The surface itself is modified to make it anti-microbial active.

How long does the anti-microbial treatment last?

Since the cured anti-microbials are nonvolatile, insoluble, and non-leaching, the treatment should last for the life of the treated surface. The life of a 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 anti-microbial will decrease. Abrasive or caustic (pH>10.5) cleaners will also shorten effective life. In our extensive experience, our certified applicators have seen effectiveness for ten years or more.

How should a contaminated surface be treated?

Microbes can be extremely hazardous. Severe contamination with hazardous organisms may require cleaning protocols similar to those for asbestos removal. 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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