F A Q
WHAT PATHOGENS DOES THE STERILASER™ DEACTIVATE?
The short answer is .... if it has DNA it dies. Different Pathogens require different levels of UVC for them to be deactivated. For reference CLICK HERE for a partial list of the ENERGY needed for the most common bacteria, viruses and mold. If there is anything not listed please contact customer support at 800-726-4099.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE THE STERILASER™ TO DEACTIVATE PATHOGENS?
With the massive dose of germicidal ultraviolet (UVC) light a Sterilaser™ Unit delivers, depending on the unit and application, DNA deactivation occurs in seconds to minutes. Please refer to your units manual for your specific application timing.
IS ULTRAVIOLET LIGHT SAFE?
Absolutely! Germicidal ultraviolet light is an accepted, safe and reliable way to kill unseen organisms, including the tape worms, bacteria, germs and viruses that live and thrive in schools, gyms and offices. Hospitals have safely employed germicidal UV light to sterilize their operating rooms and surgical instruments and many municipalities employ UV light to sterilize their water.
DO WE STILL NEED TO CONTINUE OUR OTHER CLEANING PROCEDURES?
Yes, UVC applications should be an addition to your normal cleaning procedures. Our units do not remove dirt, debris or stains.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE STERILASER™?
Using Wrestling mats as an example, most people simply go over their mats with a mop that has been moistened with disinfecting chemicals and assume they have protected their athletes. In truth, they have done virtually nothing in the way of killing pathogens.
Quoted directly from the instruction sheet from one of the most popular chemical tablets, here is what you must do for them to work :
From page 1:
• Apply solution with cloth, mop, sponge, brush, scrubber, coarse spray device or by soaking, so as to wet all surfaces thoroughly.
• Allow to remain wet for at least 10 minutes.
• Remove solution and entrapped soil with a clean, wet mop, cloth or wet vacuum pick-up.
• For heavily soiled areas, a pre-cleaning step is required.
And from page 3:
• Pesticide wastes are acutely hazardous. Improper disposal of excess pesticide, spray mixture, or incinerate is a violation of Federal Law.
In summary, you are to apply the chemical on the mat, making sure the mat remains soaked for at least 10 minutes. Then mop the excess off with a different clean mop. All this takes approximately 45 minutes. skipping or short cutting any of these steps and you have not killed the pathogens. When you are done, you must pour any leftover chemical into a 55-gallon drum and dispose of it per EPA regulations.
With the Sterilaser™, all you need to do is run over the mat with a large floor dust mop, then pull the Sterilaser™ over the mat. It takes approximately 4 minutes to disinfect the mat.
If the mat is heavily soiled you may need to do a pre-clean, but using chemicals requires this as well.
When it comes to protecting your athlete, the Sterilaser™ is infinitely easier to use, faster than chemicals and is far more effective.
CAN USING THE STERILASER™ HARM PEOPLE?
We've designed the Sterilaser™ with safe operation and maintenance in mind. When used as per the Sterilaser Units Operating Instructions and the targeted pathogens will be the only things harmed.