HYGIENIA TOUCH is a clean label technology. It is specifically designed to help companies remain ahead of the COVID-19 pandemic by making surfaces impervious to bacteria and viruses. It is presented in the form of a nanotechnology enabled / anti-pathogen barrier coating offered in a 1 Litre (1000ml) spray. This eco-friendly barrier coating is a combination of various citric acids diluted in Isopropyl 70% alcohol and bound by a number of engineered nanomaterials such as nano SiO2, to create an effective anti-pathogen coating on non-absorbent surfaces. HYGIENIA TOUCH is a preventative and proactive technology to help enable a treated surface to remain bacteria-static for up to 6 months. Can be deployed to treat surfaces as diverse as healthcare establishments, work areas, schools, social facilities and public infrastructure. The product is supplied ready-to-use in 500ml spray bottles.
USES; HYGIENIA TOUCH can be applied to absorbent surfaces including plastic, glass, ceramics, touchscreens, high-risk touchpoints and metal. It can be used in medical / sanitary areas, food processing and facilities generally where cross-infection poses risk on surfaces such as door-handles, washbasins, showers, bathtubs, swimming baths, toilets, window glass, wall / floor surfaces, tiles, vehicle interiors and many other areas to protect invisibly against biofilm and cross-infection. On account of the product’s moisture repelling and surface tension effects, coated surfaces are able to better protect against cross-infection risk and colonization of bacteria, moulds and viruses.
Nanotechnology / an alternative approach to surface hygiene and safety
Proactive, rather than reactive hygiene methodologies to protect against Covid-19 contagion risk for surfaces commonly found in offices, workplaces, hotels, leisure and sport facilities are the more sensible and sustainable option. That stated, how does one protect surfaces against bacteria and viruses which over millennium have managed to survive on almost every surface on earth? Increasing knowledge and insight into nanotechnology / biotechnology and enhanced data analysis offer real and practical solutions, especially when we focus on nature and the natural world. “In order to create efficient functional materials, nature offers the best recipes by offering evolutionary successful concepts” argues Dennis Kurzbach from the Institute of Biological Chemistry. https://tinyurl.com/y8hymc9r
By mimicking nature, through nanotechnology, we can look to adopt new protocols which are sustainable and eco-friendly, moving away from the use of aggressive disinfectants and indeed antibiotics which can increase risk of fostering superbugs and a plethora of new illnesses. Plants have adapted robust defences against bacteria and viruses since the first single cell evolved around 400 million years ago.
What can we learn from Nature?
Lotus leaves, pitcher plants, rice leaves and even blades of grass have special smooth and water-repellent surfaces which provides protection against biofilm and bacterial attack. These structures keep plants clean and hygienically healthy, essential for the process of photosynthesis and energy creation. Even Insects such as the dragon fly (wings) also evolved to protect themselves in specific environments. The dung beetle, for example, over thousands of years evolved with special shell membranes which sanitise and protect them from harmful bacteria in dirty environments.
Nanotechnology: a paradigm shift
Over the last decade, development in nanobioscience, nano-instrumentation and live imaging optical microscopy has shown how single cell bacteria behave and develop. The relationship between bacterial infection, surface and the environment are becoming much better understood. Bacterias are quite smart, communicate in communities and deploy numerous and complex forces at the nano and subatomic level to sense, manipulate, deposit and anchor to surfaces. Viruses, much smaller than bacteria, must hijack cells to reach host species to prosper and multiply. It is generally accepted that water, water-droplets and aerosols (miniscule water vapour molecules) help transport and support this abundant bacterial-viral ecosystem. One tiny water droplet amounts to twenty molecules of surface water. Smaller vapour aerosols molecules have difficulty landing on specific chemically and physically protected surfaces. Most surfaces including fabric coatings can be functionally enhanced with microbiota barriers to repel water and bacteria. Indeed, the hydrophobicity of the surface is found to be the dominant factor determining the attachment force of water droplets ( bacteria & viruses) and this can be impacted by surfactants. Generally, any surface that is mechanically repellent to bacteria and viruses, will reduce risk of cross-infection and bacterial colonisation.
HYGIENIA TOUCH – how can it protect surfaces?
Using HYGIENIA TOUCH on surfaces provides physical / mechanical actions to help prevent cross-infection risk via surface hydrophobicity and surface energy. Water droplets and related particles have difficulty adhering to door handle, touchpoints, and all protected surfaces.Retrospective microbiota thin-film coatings can be applied to surfaces which make bacterial adhesion or viral attachment exceedingly difficult or impossible. These barrier coatings can remain intact on a treated surface six months and more, subject to abrasion. The integration of different scaffold processing technologies and different biomaterials represents a new emerging trend in encapsulated 3-D scaffold design, aiming at providing surfaces with mechanical, physicochemical, and biological cues at the macro, micro, and nanoscale.
Microorganisms depend on numerous physical-chemical and electrical forces to successfully colonise surfaces. Initially bacteria must land successfully on the surface and create an irreversible anchor via a range of complex adhesive bonds. This is subject of course to the type of bacteria, substrate geography, surface smoothness, surface tension, oxygen / nutrient availability, pili strength, flagella size/ sensitivity, chemotaxis, shear and electrostatic forces, (pH, steric / ionic strength & van der Waals), to mention a few. Water, the liquid -surface interface, is the common denominator for bacterial and viral cross-infection. The ability to repel water and water vapour from surface touchpoints is a major starting point in building a protective health and safety strategy for any property or leisure facility.
Surfaces that block bacterial communication, incorporate hydrophobic (water repellence) and hydrophilic function water attraction), whilst leveraging surface charge and oxygen depletion, offer a simple and economic microbiota barrier to all surfaces in facilities that might pose risk of pathogenic cross-infection.
If we create stronger bacterial and viral surface repulsive forces to that of attractive forces operating at the quantum-nano scale, we reduce risk for everyone.
Product is sold ready-to-use in a 500ml spray plastic bottle.
50m² per 500ml.
Surfaces coated with HYGIENIA TOUCH are more resistant to contamination for up to 6 months plus subject to abrasion. This effectively meand that surfactants are no longer required for cleaning; a valuable contribution to easing environmental and cost burdens.
- Free from colourants / fragrances
- Biocide free
- Long-lasting (up to 6 months subject to abrasion)
- Easy to use
- Reduces need for harmful cleaning chemicals
- Leaves surfaces (easy-clean) / less water / less cleaning time
- Protects agsinst micro-scratches
APPLICATION; Detailed application methodolgy is supplied and advised.
Step 1: Clean and sterilise surface to be coated. Use a quality microfiber cloth to clean surface.
Step 2: Wearing protective gloves, eye-shields and mask, apply HYGIENIA TOUCH to a lint free or soft cotton cloth. Avoid dust / fibre particles. Polish surface in a circular motion ensuring all areas are lighly coated. Treated surface should be left to dry for 10-15 minutes. Protect until surface is dry. Polymerization will take up to 24 hours. When applying, ensure good ventilation. Do not smoke.
Step 3 – Renewing: Six monthly checks will determine if abrasion is weakening the microbiota barrier, so a touch up wipe with HYGIENIA TOUCH will maintain and replenish for long term efficacy and employee / public safety.