Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is the treatment safe to touch?

Yes, our treatment uses a hospital-grade, food-contact safe, EPA-registered antimicrobial surface protectant (Safety Data Sheets area available upon request).

What is ATP and why is measuring it important?

ATP stands for adenosine triphosphate, a molecule found only in and around living cells, and can therefore be used to measure the concentration of microorganisms and the level of contamination.

The scientific measurement of ATP testing are Relative Light Units (RLUs). The lower the RLU number, the more hygienic (less contaminated) the sample. Higher RLU levels indicates a surface may contain infectious disease-causing germs.

How do we know if the treatment remains effective days or weeks after it is applied?

We use science-proven, data-verified testing of surfaces to track the ATP levels. Before the initial treatment, we test selected surfaces to create an ATP baseline for all subsequent tracking. Regularly scheduled ATP testing is performed at your desired frequency. Our recommended frequency is to test 30-days after the initial baseline measurement, and then every 90-days thereafter.

Can occupants be present when the treatment is applied?

No, it is not recommended. Although the treatment is EPA registered with minimal to no side effects, we recommend only our technicians are present when applying the treatment. In an abundance of caution and in accordance with CDC guidelines, our technicians wear PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) when applying treatments to surfaces.

How soon after SPMC™ treatment can occupants return to their space?

Typically, a treated area is available for occupants return within 30 minutes following a treatment application with treated surfaces dry to the touch.

What is the difference between fogging, spraying and electrostatic application?

The difference is important as application techniques may or may not reach all sides and facets of a surface.

Fogging and spraying only reach surfaces in the direction of the spray. They do not reach the back or undersides — such as the underside of handrails, or sides of door handles.

In contrast, electrostatic application creates a positive electrical charge of particles that aggressively cling to the front, back, and sides of surfaces. This fully wraps the treatment around surfaces ensuring a full and complete coverage.

What is the difference between disinfecting, sanitizing, and cleaning?

Disinfecting….. Kills 99.9 percent of germs (such as coronavirus) on hard surfaces. Cleaning should proceed all disinfecting, and all disinfectants must remain on the surface for the full recommended dwell time.

Sanitizing……… Reduces (does not kill) microorganisms by 99.9 percent — the level deemed safe for humans by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) — (99.999 percent in 30 seconds or less in food service settings). Sanitizing cannot kill viruses.

Cleaning………. Is the process of locating, identifying, containing, removing, and properly disposing of unwanted substances from a surface or area. Cleaning usually involves soap or a cleaning formula and requires some form of agitation, such as hand rubbing or a sponge.