New Spray System Is a Game Changer for Flu Prevention

By Matt Ellis

Clorox_Total_360_SystemIt’s rare that something comes along which makes virtually everyone take notice. The Clorox Total 360 System is one of those innovations – just ask Jorge Jimenez, who has spent more than 40 years as a professional cleaner.

“I’ve been in this business since I’m 19. I’ve seen a lot and not a lot makes me say ‘Wow.’ But, this is something special,” says Jimenez, an AffinEco Vice President and General Manager.

Recently, his team demoed the Total 360 System at a Bright Horizons daycare center in Stamford. Jimenez and his team noted how the electrostatic sprayer surrounded the side, underside and backside of surfaces like tables, cribs and toys – surfaces that can all hold influenza and other germs.

The Clorox Total 360 System received the ISSA 2017 Innovation of the Year Award, confirming the kinds of comments we heard from Jimenez. Clorox calls the machine, “a revolutionary way to prevent cold and flu.” It works on hard, non-porous surfaces – where influenza and other viruses can last up to seven days – by atomizing the disinfectant in the tank. The process of atomizing creates a spray that is negatively charged and is attracted to hard surfaces because they are positively charged. Since the droplets are negatively charged, they repel one another “preventing them from coalescing into larger droplets and allowing them to uniformly cover surfaces,” according to the Clorox Professional website.

Gary Olson, a product representative with Strauss Paper – which sells this and other products to AffinEco – said, “[The system] works extremely quickly. The time it takes for the disinfectant to kill most bacteria is two minutes or less.”

Unlike traditional spraying systems that rely on gravity to bring the cleaner onto a surface, the Total 360 System reaches every square inch because of the atomization, enveloping the surface and killing all the germs. As Olson explains, one of the main differences between the Clorox system and others is that the Total 360 System includes two chemicals: one a disinfectant, the other a sanitizer. That means, while it will destroy flu germs, it will also prevent the spread of e-coli, salmonella, and other food-borne bacteria. And, unlike traditional sprayers, the Total 360 System is safe for computers, keyboards, and other electronics. The chemicals it uses meet OSHA workplace safety standards.

With this season’s severe flu outbreak, people are even more concerned about preventing the spread of the illness. Even before demoing the machine, Jimenez was sold on its efficacy, having seen a dramatic demonstration of his own.

“We went into a bathroom and turned off the lights. Then we turned on an ultra-violet light. We saw the germs everywhere. Then they sprayed the room,” which Jimenez says took only a couple of minutes. “This time when the ultra-violet light went on, we couldn’t see any germs. There was a piece of tape on one of the pipes and when they removed that tape it revealed a surface that hadn’t been sprayed, and that was the only place we saw anything. All the other germs were gone.”

Earlier this year, AffinEco purchased one of the systems for the Red Team Jimenez oversees.

“We are now including the information about the system in our client proposals. We also list all the different germs it kills. People really notice that,” and Jimenez anticipates the sprayer will be in great demand next year because clients will include electrostatic spraying in their 2019 budgets.

Strauss says the system is cost-effective because it works quickly and completely.

“It allows the user to go in and spray an entire area and get total and complete coverage in a minimal amount of time to kill [any] lingering bacteria,” he says.

That’s why, Jimenez says, having the Clorox Total 360 System provides a level of comfort for clients because all they have to do is call, and AffinEco can have the machine onsite to disinfect one room or an entire building.

“This is a revolutionary piece of equipment,” he says. That’s another way of saying “Wow.”

(image courtesy of supplyworks.com)