Is Antimicrobial disinfection as good as it sounds?



You've probably seen antimicrobial disinfection companies advertising that their treatment lasts X amount of days or weeks after application. If this was true, why aren't we already coating everything we come in contact with antimicrobial product? It's because the jury is still out on its effectiveness and safety.


Studies on the effectiveness of antimicrobial additives have been done by the CDC and FDA in 2003 and 2016 respectively. Both agencies found that there was no evidence that antimicrobial additives provided a benefit, even in a hospital setting


Perkins and Will and Healthy Building Network recently reviewed their analysis of antimicrobials treatments in building products published in 2017 in light of Covid-19 and found that their original conclusion still stands: No evidence yet exists to demonstrate that products intended for use in interior spaces that incorporate antimicrobial additives result in healthier populations. Further, antimicrobials may have negative impacts on both people and the environment.


  • Antimicrobial additives are by definition pesticides and may cause harm to human health and the environment.


  • A typical treatment dosage is not enough. Max Richer, senior associate and co-director of the Materials Performance Lab at Perkins and Will said in an interview with Fast Company that antimicrobials can't effectively kill germs when they are applied on something like a countertop. “When you try to apply them to material, you don’t have the dosage level that’s needed to deal with a lot of the viruses or pathogens that you’re trying to get rid of with the antimicrobial.”


  • Resistance to antimicrobial treatment could lead to creation of "superbugs". When not all germs are killed during an antimicrobial treatment - possibly for the above reason - the germs may develop resistance to the treatment. It may become more difficult to eliminate the new generation of germs(superbugs) or worse, you may never know that you have superbugs without a proper testing.


ATX Environmental Solutions use SteraMist, an ionized hydrogen peroxide solution that was developed in response to weaponized anthrax in 2001. Since then SteraMist was used to fight Ebola outbreak in 2015 and is being used globally to combat Covid-19.


  • SteraMist is non-toxic and safe for both people and the environment. It's EPA and FDA registered and OMRI listed. Given by the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI), OMRI Listed® products are allowed for use in certified organic operations under the USDA National Organic Program. SteraMist only leaves water behind after application and is safe for even those with chemical sensitivities after proper aeration.


  • SteraMist kills 99.9999% of pathogens and does not lead to resistance. Easily put, this means that if there are 1 million germs present on a surface, SteraMist may leave one germ behind whereas disinfectants with a kill rate of 99.99% will leave at least 100 germs behind.


Do your research, ask questions, and choose the right disinfection method for you and your family. If you want to learn more about our disinfection service, give us a call at (512) 452-2701 to talk to our experts.


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Sources:

Healthy Building Network

Fast Company

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