FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the KLEAN company protocol for treating bacteria and mold?
The KLEAN system calls for a layered protocol when treating bacteria and mold. The active ingredient forms a colorless, odorless, positively charged polymer that bonds to the treated surface. You could think of it as a layer of electrically charged barbs. When a microorganism comes in contact with the treated surface, the quaternary amine barb punctures the microbial membrane and the electrical field tears the cell apart. Since nothing is transferred to the now dead cell, the antimicrobial does not lose strength and the barb is ready for the next cell to contact it. Normal cleaning will easily remove the dead cells.
Does the KLEAN surface solution give off gases during or after the application?
No. The KLEAN coating does not volatilize, dissipate, or leach onto other surfaces or people. Its chemistry polymerizes (bonds) where it is applied and forms a semi-permanent bond that essentially lasts the life of the treated surface when not touched or rubbed with friction. Normal cleaning will not easily remove the protectant barrier, although it can be eventually abraded away with friction. The EPA states that the KLEAN molecule can be reapplied to treated surfaces after 90 days, if necessary.
How long will the KLEAN surface treatment last?
Since the cured antimicrobial is non-volatile, insoluble, and non-leaching, in theory the treatment should last for the life of the treated surface. This is true if the surface is never touched again, such as behind a wall. Add in cleaning protocols in a public area, we recommend quarterly treatments. Factors include the cleanliness of the surface before application and how often disinfectants are used post application.
Is the KLEAN solution effective on both porous and non-porous surfaces?
Yes – the protectant can be used on most surfaces, both porous and non-porous. This is a tremendous advantage over common disinfectants which by federal law are mostly approved for hard, non-porous surfaces.
How is the KLEAN surface solution applied?
How many KLEAN products use the Protex90 molecule?
We currently have 4 products
• Protex90 Protectant – Kills and protects surfaces from bacteria and spores for a minimum of 90 days.
• Protex90 DP (Disinfectant (with mild biocide) / Protectant) – Unlike other mold remediation products, Protex90 DP kills existing mold and protects against future mold threats.
• KLEANhands– This alcohol-free solution kills and protects hands from bacteria and spores for 24 hours when applied 4x a day.
• KLEANfabric – KLEANfabric kills and protects fabric from bacteria and spores for a minimum of 75 washings.
What preparation should applicators use prior to applying the treatment?
Surfaces should be cleaned or scoured.
Are there any safety concerns after application is complete?
No. The unique properties permit bonding to most surfaces to which it is applied. Furthermore, this product will not give off any gases, leach onto other surfaces, or lose its strength quickly. If the surface is kept clean with normal cleaning procedures, the surface will continue to fight microbial growth.
What types of microorganisms does it work against?
The EPA states that the molecule is effective against microbes such as mold, mildew, fungi, algae and bacteria causing stains and odors.
Is additional cleaning necessary?
Yes. The product provides continuous antimicrobial protection that protects the surfaces. However, normal cleaning practices should be maintained. Regular cleaning will ‘clean’ the barbs and prepare them for the arrival of additional microbes.
Do the KLEAN solutions work immediately?
KLEAN products begin to work as soon as they dry on a surface and come in contact with any microorganism.
What PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) is required?
Wearing gloves, protective mask and eyewear recommended. Follow all label directions.