The Disinfectant Solution of the Future
Invisiguard is a disinfectant that serves as a mechanism to facilitate safety against a range of pathogens most commonly causing disease, including COVID-19. Invisiguard can help reduce costs, increase productivity and improve the workplace.
Economic Value of Cleaning
The economic value of clean work-spaces is critical to the functioning and sustainability of almost all businesses. The primary drivers of economic value are occupant absenteeism, occupant “presenteeism” (productivity), image perception, and asset preservation.
One of the largest studies undertaken shows an average of 7.7 sick days per year resulting in $869 / employee per year of cost to a business. A more holistic study put the losses to employers at $225.8B / year ($1,685 / employee / year). The latter study may be more representative of real costs as it accounts for payroll as well indirect costs (hiring temporary replacements, offering overtime, administrative expenses to manage absence benefits, potential lost sales, late deliveries, customer dissatisfaction and loss of revenue).
Presenteeism occurs when a worker feels compelled to come to work but is not fully functioning due to an illness. In addition to the reduction in worker productivity (additional time to complete tasks, decreased quality of work, and decreased quantity of work), there are much higher risks for transmission of illness to occupants and co-workers. A comprehensive study on the effects showed a 5% productivity gain when appropriate cleaning protocols are implemented.
Customers and workers value cleanliness more than most factors when deciding to do business with or work for a company. Cleanliness was ranked higher than value, speed, convenience, variety and accuracy of an order in a large study of restaurants. Studies indicate that levels of cleanliness factor into customer and worker decision making and revenue or work expectations.
Cleaning plays a significant role in extending asset life cycles and increasing return on investment. Reduced cleaning to meet short-term operational budgets can actually result in a lower ROI as life cycles are shortened and more expensive replacements are needed to maintain building image, facility functionality and aforementioned customer satisfaction levels.
Invisiguard effectively destroys bacteria, viruses, and fungi on contact. Due to the duration of the patented binding agent, the biocidal effects can last from a few days up to a month. Invisiguard is non-toxic and does not require the use of special garments or masks during the deployment process. Due to the bonding nature of the solution, it not only reduces the amount of time needed to clean and sanitize surfaces, it reduces overall costs as well. The active ingredient in Invisiguard is highly effective on solid surfaces continually exposed to abrasion, washing and constant use. An independent study using this patented solution was compared to a typical antimicrobial cleaner in a toilet bowl.
Safer Than Bleach, Safer Than Peroxide
Invisiguard provides long-lasting disinfectant without causing oxidative stress
Multiple classes of compounds sanitize through a mechanism called oxidative stress. This damages proteins, cell walls and nucleic acids resulting in death of the microorganism.
The two most common classes of these products are peroxides (like H2O2) and bleaches (chlorine dioxide and sodium hypochlorite).
Oxidative stress is the formation of free radical species (typically oxygen based) in excess of anti-oxidant species needed to ‘mop them up’. These are highly reactive compounds that result in indiscriminate damage to cells and surfaces.
There is strong body of data which shows that oxidative stress contributes to aging as well as cancer.
Hypochlorites (bleach) and peroxides rapidly degrade before they can be absorbed by the body through skin/surface contact. However, they can be inhaled when aerosolized and high quality PPE should be used when fogging.
One concern with bleach products is that they form persistent chlorinated organic compounds. There are numerous types of these compounds, but carbon tetrachloride is chief among them and it is a known carcinogen. Some authors have documented that use of chlorinated compounds
can increase CCl 4 levels a thousand fold in environments and this can increase cancer risks.
Storage of both bleaches and peroxidases can produce flammable/volatile gases which explode in certain conditions.
Lastly, strong oxidizing agents like bleaches and peroxidases are corrosive and can alter coloration of surfaces as well as damage surfaces. This can shorten product lifetimes and reduce ROIs for capital equipment.