FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

DISINFECTANT FAQs

Is chlorine dioxide (ClO2) some kind of bleach?

No. While chlorine dioxide has chlorine in its name, its chemistry is very different from the corrosive chemistry of chlorine bleach. The primary differences are that chlorine dioxide is less caustic, safer, and gentler than bleach and many other antiseptics and antimicrobials, plus it remains effective under organic load. Further, chlorine bleach produces harmful by-products to the environment, including trihalomethanes (THM) and haloacetic acids (HAAS). Vital Oxide breaks down to a simple salt, producing no harmful by-products.

 

What does it mean that a disinfectant product is "green"?

The United Stated Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is currently reviewing the way third parties will be able to carry "green" claims on all disinfectant labels. EPA policy at this point does not allow "green" claims to be placed directly on any disinfectant product's label. While Vital Oxide is mild on skin, hard surfaces, and fabric, and will certainly qualify for "green status" when the designation is allowed, we cannot advertise this claim until it is permitted by the EPA. Vital Oxide is also a powerful disinfectant able to kill some of the toughest and most resistant forms of bacteria and mold. The chemical composition of Vital Oxide is such that it has a minimal impact on the environment and contains no ozone harming volatile compounds (VOC).

I see that Vital Oxide is used in schools and hospitals, but can I use Vital Oxide at home?

Yes. Vital Oxide is an excellent disinfectant to use in homes. Some of the best places to use Vital Oxide at home are in musty basements, in bathrooms where mildew has accumulated (or on surfaces to protect against mold and mildew), and in the kitchen to keep food-contact surfaces clean. Vital Oxide has also been tested on carpets and can be used around the house to sanitize carpets.

What are the advantages of using sprayers and foggers to disperse Vital Oxide?

The quickest way to disinfect a hospital room, an entire basement, or a school gym is by using a fogger or electrostatic sprayer that can create a fine mist to treat objects, walls, floors, and ceilings in a matter of just a few minutes. Electrostatic sprayers and foggers can dramatically cut the time to disinfect large areas. Vital Oxide is one of the few disinfectants that can be dispersed in this manner because Vital Oxide is non-corrosive to treated surfaces and objects.

With so many disinfectants and mold removers on the market, why should I choose Vital Oxide?

The easiest way to answer this question is simply, not all disinfectants are created equal. When evaluating and comparing disinfectant products, take a close look at their core ingredients. Vital Oxide uses a unique chemical compound called chlorine dioxide. While other competitors and manufacturers have attempted to copy and produce a form of stabilized chlorine dioxide similar to Vital Oxide, our revolutionary formula is simply unequaled. Chlorine dioxide has been used during Anthrax attacks, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, to purify drinking water, and most recently to kill MRSA in schools and hospitals. Also consider carefully what kind of chemicals you want around your children, employees, patients, students, and close family members. Most disinfectants and mold removers on the market are extremely toxic, but Vital Oxide gives you peace of mind that you are using an effective product that does not come with alarming safety warnings and precautions.

What is the difference between a cleaner and a disinfectant?

Cleaners are not registered with the EPA and cannot make public health claims on their label such as killing germs or having any anti-microbial action.

What is a Hospital Disinfectant?

As part of the EPA registration process, disinfectant products are put through rigorous testing to prove their efficacy and measure toxicity. The EPA registers three types of disinfectants: Limited, General, and Hospital. All three disinfectants destroy or irreversibly inactivate certain microorganisms on hard, inanimate surfaces and objects.
You can determine a “limited,” “general,” or “hospital” disinfectant by the microorganisms listed on the label.


Limited must be supported by efficacy testing against either Salmonella cholerasuis or Staphylococcus aureus. Limited disinfectants are found mostly in household use.

General must be supported by efficacy testing against both Salmonella cholerasuis and Staphylococcus aureus. General disinfectants are used in commercial areas.

Hospital must be supported by AOAC Use Dilution or AOAC Germicidal Spray efficacy testing against Staphylococcus aureus, Salmonella cholerasuis and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. The bacteria Pseudomonas aeruginosa hides behind biofilm and is difficult to eliminate. Killing this bacterium is required for “Hospital Disinfectant”.


Also, as part of this evaluation process, products are assigned to a toxicity category:  The categories range from category 1 (highly toxic) to category 4 (no exposure warnings required on the label). Vital Oxide received an EPA category 4 rating for all exposure routes with the exception of mild eye irritation.



What is a Sanitizer?

A substance, or mixture of substances, intended to reduce the number of microorganisms on inanimate surfaces or in water or air (FIFRA § 4(i)(4)(C)(i)).

What is the difference between a ‘food-contact sanitizer’ and a ‘non-food-contact sanitizer?

A food-contact sanitizer, at a minimum, reduces the level of Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli by 99.999% on a food contact surface within one minute. A potable water rinse is not allowed after sanitation of a food-contact surface.


A non-food-contact sanitizer, at a minimum, reduces the level of Staphylococcus aureus and Klebsiella pneumoniae or Enterobacter aerogenes by 99.9% on non-food contact surfaces within 5 minutes.

What does “no rinse required on food contact surface” mean?

“No rinse required on food contact surfaces” is a safety rating given by NSF International (previously the National Sanitation Foundation).  The NSF testing guidelines are a continuation of the USDA product approval and listing program, including the FDA 21.  Vital Oxide is rated “no rise required on food contact surfaces” category D2, meaning Vital Oxide is approved for use in commercial or residential kitchens to control bacteria, viruses, and mold without the need to wash/rinse the area with water after Vital Oxide is applied.



 

Can I clean and disinfect at the same time?

In some cases, you can clean and disinfect at the same time, but this depends on how dirty the surfaces you are cleaning/disinfecting are—the dirtier the surface the less effective the disinfectant. Disinfectants need to contact the area to disinfect and cannot do this effectively with a barrier of dirt or grime in the way. Once the dirt has been wiped away the disinfectant can get to work. Under lightly soiled conditions, you can clean and disinfect in the same step with just Vital Oxide. (NOTE: EPA requires all disinfectants carry the following label direction: “For heavily soiled areas, a pre-cleaning step is required.”)

Does Vital Oxide contain VOCs?

No. Vital Oxide does not contain volatile organic compounds.

What is SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19)?

According to the WHO, Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as MERS and SARS and the new Wuhan COVID-19.Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people. Detailed investigations found that SARS was transmitted from civet cats to humans and MERS from dromedary camels to humans. Several known coronaviruses are circulating in animals that have not yet infected humans.

How does the virus spread?

According to the WHO, COVID-19 is a respiratory virus which spreads primarily through contact with an infected person through respiratory droplets generated when a person, for example, coughs or sneezes, or through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose.

‘When people cough and sneeze, they either contaminate their hands or droplets fall on hard surfaces – people touching [these surfaces] is probably the major route as much as direct droplet spread,’ Professor Lyn Gilbert, Chair of the Infection Control Advisory Group (ICAG)

Does it kill Covid-19?

When applied properly and following specific guidelines the method will disinfect areas quickly and efficiently towards the spread prevention any of the listed types of diseases on the :"kill list".

 

Does it protect the area against Covid-19?

No, there is no product in the world that will protect against any reinfection of any virus. This is the reason why hospitals to this day have to disinfect after every patient. It will kill off viruses until a contaminated person comes in contact. It is a way to have a fresh start to any area and begin proper management of your space.

 

It is the best method, by far, of treating and disinfecting airborne and hard to reach areas that are not disinfected properly with typical "wipe" down disinfecting and sanitizing.

How long does the virus live on surfaces?

According to the WHO, it is still not known how long the COVID-19 virus survives on surfaces, although Studies published in the Journal of Hospital Infection have shown that Coronaviruses can remain infectious at room temperature for on average 4-5 days, but sometimes up to 9 days.

According to the WHO (World Health Organization), if you think a surface may be infected with COVID-19, clean it with a disinfectant to kill the virus in order to protect yourself and others. ie. Vital Oxide™ a hospital grade disinfectant

How can Vital Oxide help?

According to the WHO (World Health Organization), if you think a surface may be infected with COVID-19, clean it with a disinfectant to kill the virus in order to protect yourself and others. Vital Oxide is a hospital-grade disinfectant that is environmentally friendly and safe for humans, animals and aquatic life.

When Vital Oxide™ is used in conjunction with one of our tuned foggers, it ensures that all sides of the surfaces even unseen and hard to reach places can be disinfected.

Is Chlorine Dioxide (CLO2) some kind of bleach?

Nope. While chlorine dioxide has chlorine in its name, its chemical properties are very different from the corrosive property of chlorine bleach. The primary differences are that chlorine dioxide is less toxic, safer and gentler than bleach and many other antiseptics and antimicrobials, and that it remains effective under organic load.

What are the advantages of our proper fogging treatment with Vital Oxide?

Along with other specific preparation mentods, the most effcient procedure to disinfect large areas is by using a properly specified low micron fogger. Our fogging treatment procedure with Vital Oxide treats air, objects, walls, floors, and ceilings works in a matter of minutes. These can help you save loads of time when you’re disinfecting large areas regularly. Vital Oxide is one of the few disinfectants that can be sprayed with a micro fogger. Our treatment covers areas that typical janitorial services and wiping/spraying methods cannot reach in near the same amount of time.

With so many disinfectants and mold removers on the market, why should I choose Vital Oxide?

The main difference between Vital Oxide and other generic brands is in the chemical compounds used. While other competitors use stabilized chlorine dioxide, Vital Oxide uses an unique chemical compound that contains pure chlorine dioxide. This means that Vital Oxide is non-irritating to skin, non-corrosive to most treated articles and doesn’t require rinsing. Most disinfectants and mold removers on the market are extremely toxic, but Vital Oxide gives you the peace of mind that you are using a reliable and effective product that does not come with alarming safety warnings and precautions. MSDS 0-0-0 Totally Safe!

What is the difference between a cleaner and a disinfectant?

Cleaners are not registered with the EPA and cannot make public health claims on their label such as killing germs, or having any anti-microbial action.

What is a hospital disinfectant?

Simply put, this means that the disinfectant can easily be used to ensure proper disinfection in hospitals. Hospital-grade disinfectants are able to kill the toughest viruses and bacteria, which the general disinfectants are unable to do. Moreover, hospital disinfectants are of EPA category 4 rating, meaning that it’s not toxic and can be used anywhere that needs cleaning.

What is a sanitizer?

A substance, or mixture of substances, intended to reduce the number of microorganisms on inanimate surfaces, in water or air.

Can it be used in food contact and prep areas?

Vital Oxide is very safe to use on food contact surfaces, and it disinfects the surface by 99.999% in just minutes when fogging treatment is applied correctly with the proper micron flow rate. 

 

You can actually use Vital Oxide Straight out of a spray bottle for high contact surfaces frequently. Treament fogging can be completed in any area with no risk.

How long after treatment is it safe to be back in my space?

Actually, the product has a MSDS rating of 0-0-0 which means it is virtually non toxic and it only takes minutes to work and your space is yours again with no risk of other harmful chemical applications. 

Why are the treatment workers dressed in full protective equipment?

This is a mandatory PPE safety equipment protocol to protect our trained applicators from any virus. NOT to protect them from the product or application process.

 

PPE is especially "over required" when Sanifog.ca treatments are being performed in an outbreak environment.

Why should I consider treatment?

Treatment is for a fresh start of any potential area. Employees, Clients, and Customers in any area will feel more confident and reassured of any attempts that have been taken to mitigate any risk of any spread of bacteria or virus infection.

How often should I treat my space?

That is on an individual space by space scenario. It really depends on the amount of person traffic you have and how you monitor your space and who is in it. SaniFog.ca can assist with any forecasting required for your operations model. Who is in your space, is most important and how they are respecting Anti-Virus safety practices.

Does it damage surfaces, furniture or equipment?

No. The proper equipment distributes in a very small micron “fog rate”. All you need to do is clear away any paper work or food items away from treatment areas.

SAMTM AIR FAQs

What does SAMTM400 AIR do?

Scientific Air Management, SAM, uses patented UV-C technology to capture airborne pathogens in large volumes of fast-moving air, holding germs close enough and long enough for total UV-C eradication. EPA guideline laboratory-validated air disinfection.

Why is UV-C better than HEPA when filtering for Coronavirus?

The smallest particles are 0.06 microns, and the largest are 0.14 microns. HEPA filtration is limited to its smallest mesh size of 0.3 microns. HEPA will NOT filter COVID-19 (coronavirus) effectively. SAM’s UV-C technology captures and destroys the very smallest of microorganisms. Operating way beyond filtration, SAM eradicates 99.9995% of airborne pathogens.

Why choose SAMTM400?

  • 100% safe for patients and staff
  • Disinfect air 24/7 in occupied rooms
  • Portable, staff friendly, using as little energy as an average ceiling fan
  • Requires no special training
  • Low cost, easy, annual maintenance
  • No expensive consumable replacement filters
  • Value priced

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HEALTHY SOLE FAQs

Why is using Healthy Sole PlusTM Important?

According to a 3M study, 80% of contamination entering a critical environment does so on feet or wheels. The dirtiest, most-overlooked place in healthcare is the bottom of the shoes walking around it. Don’t let dangerous organisms travel in and out of high risk areas of healthcare ever again! Healthy Sole Plus™ is the first in its industry to use UV-C technology to kill 99.9% of the germs and pathogens on the soles of shoes.

How does it work?

Healthy Sole Plus™ is the industry’s first clinically -tested UVC germicidal light system to kill and eliminate 99.9% of exposed disease-causing organisms on the soles of shoes.

How quickly does Healthy Sole Plus™ work?

Healthy Sole Plus™is the first clinically proven UVC product to kill up to 99.99% of exposed microorganisms such as bacterial and viral pathogens on the soles of shoes in 8 seconds. Healthy Sole Plus™ is also effective against fungi and bacterial spores that travel on shoe soles leading to the spread of infection via inhalation or horizontal translation from surface and air contamination.

FOGGER FAQs

What are the advantages of our proper fogging treatment with Vital Oxide?

Along with other specific preparation methods, the most efficient procedure to disinfect large areas is by using a properly specified low micron fogger. Our fogging treatment procedure with Vital Oxide treats air, objects, walls, floors, and ceilings works in a matter of minutes. These can help you save loads of time when you’re disinfecting large areas regularly. Vital Oxide is one of the few disinfectants that can be sprayed with a micro fogger. Our treatment covers areas that typical janitorial services and wiping/spraying methods cannot reach in near the same amount of time

Does it damage surfaces, furniture or equipment?

No. The proper equipment distributes in a very small micron “fog rate”. All you need to do is clear away any paper work or food items away from treatment areas.

Why should I consider treatment?

Treatment is for a fresh start of any potential area. Employees, Clients, and Customers in any area will feel more confident and reassured of any attempts that have been taken to mitigate any risk of any spread of bacteria or virus infection.

 

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