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In basic terms, thermonebulization generates ultra-fine droplets (in our case with a typical diameter not exceeding 2.5 microns) using thermodynamic energy. In that way, liquid substances are vaporized in the machine and form fine aerosols that condense when they come into contact with the outside air – which being at a lower temperature, creates a visible mist or fog. Through this process, natural and chemical disinfectants, fungicides and more can be applied.
In short, SANIFOG US machines employing our proprietary Cloudburst Technology™ have adapted the process of utilizing thermodynamic energy in such a unique way that the ultra-fine droplets that are created are diffused at an extraordinarily fast, but controllable rate that allow the microscopic droplets to float longer in the air, spread quickly throughout the space, and eventually land virtually dry (sometimes referred to as a “dry fog”) while the products it carries keep doing their disinfectant work.
The air we breathe everyday is filled with tiny (sometimes not so tiny) particles of dirt, dust, pollens, mold, fungus, spores, viruses, bacteria, and other pathogens. The very dense fog created and diffused by the Cloudburst Technology™ by which the microscopic droplets float longer in the air allows those droplets to collide, coalesce, and collect around whatever particulate it contacts in the air – or any exposed surface it reaches. If the particulate it collides with is just dust or pollen for example, eventually it builds up enough weight through multiple droplets coalescing around it to drag it to the surface. But if that particulate is a germ, virus, bacteria, or other pathogen the active ingredient(s) of the disinfectant liquid begin their process to reduce and eventually kill that pathogen in accordance with the disinfectants tested properties and capabilities.
By direct testing against many other commonly used devices for spray, mist, electrostatic spray, or cold fogging of disinfectant products, SANIFOG US machines with Cloudburst Technology™ are 1,700 times more powerful than any similar device. Put another way, a SANIFOG US machine can disinfect about 13,000 square feet of a typical office space (and everything in it) EVERY MINUTE! – and if you have to deal with a stadium, a church, a school or a warehouse, simply run it another minute for every additional 13,000 square feet. No other device even remotely compares.
Treating an area with the SANIFOG US system ensures that you can quickly sanitize or disinfect the whole environment; including not just every part of every exposed surface – but also the air itself and the ventilation systems that circulate it; all in less time than it takes some people to make up their mind.
Fast means more even (homogeneous) coverage of the treatment area with the disinfectant. There is also more complete coverage – no human error by forgetting to spray a certain area or spraying too much, or too little disinfectant to work properly.
A treatment by SANIFOG US machines with Cloudburst Technology™ means the disinfectant carried by the “lighter than air” dry fog simply “goes everywhere the air goes” – every last nook and cranny; while still keeping its effectiveness, as supported by independent laboratory testing, that meets or exceeds 99.99% against most common viruses, bacteria, fungus, mold and even SARS-CoV-2, the COVID-19 virus..
By comparison, many companies employ “electrostatic sprayers” to disinfect larger areas. Typically, these devices are:
- Much more expensive than other sprayers, dry or cold foggers; and usually requires substantial capital investment, storage, maintenance, etc.;
- Suffer a natural phenomenon called “far a day cage”; which results from the tendency of a charged substance to seek the nearest ground. This means that if you are spraying a corner the material will tend to go to the edges rather than into the corner;
- Typically requires wiping after application due to a residue or due to the potential for a particular disinfectant to harm surfaces. Some common-carriers and large passenger transports report customer complaints of a “sticky” or “tacky” feeling to treated surfaces;
- To spray electrostatically you need to be able to effectively charge the material and have a target that can be properly grounded. From a practical standpoint this means that even if a disinfectant can be charged, it may not wrap or attract to all surfaces that need disinfected because certain materials are not conductive (like plastics, fabrics or wood). However, because a sprayer will still spray even when an electrostatic charge is not being applied, you can still get disinfectant coverage, but it may (or may not) be only on the surfaces you directly aim to – i.e., not under, around or behind as expected;
- Treats only the surfaces directly sprayed; susceptible to spotty or incomplete coverage, rushed schedules and simple human error; and,
- Can be harmful to electronic, computer or navigation equipment and exposed papers
You’ve heard the saying TIME IS MONEY? – well it’s not just how much faster the Cloudburst Technology™ treats larger areas, but disinfectant liquids cost money too. So, with the SANIFOG US system the Cloudburst Technology™ minimizes the amount of disinfectant liquid actually being used by up to 94%
The SANIFOG US system means no human error by forgetting to spray a certain area or spraying too much, or too little disinfectant to work properly. Also, there is no need for a second crew to follow the first treatment to “wipe down” or “dry” the surfaces after the first treatment. And there is no “sticky” residue to clean up either.
One recent study compared the relative efficiency of various exemplar disinfectant processes. The table below shows that spray and wipe is by far the most inefficient process requiring 15 times more labor and up to 39 times more disinfecting formula vs the most efficient processes:
|Spray and Wipe||Clorox Total 360||Victory Backpack||Emist||SANIFOG US|
|Fast: Coverage time 1 Hour based high-touch point coverage|
|Effective: Ounces (oz) needed to cover 100,000 ft2 high-touch point|
|Efficient: People Needed to Cover 100,000 high-touch point ft2 in 1 Hour|
Source: https://emist.com/em360-rollercart/ and technical spec sheets of each equipment
Yes, Sanifog is designed for application in closed and partially-enclosed environments. Before application, all windows and exterior doors must be closed to concentrate the dry-fog treatment in the intended area.
A micro thin disinfectant layer, not visible to the naked eye is left that does not need to be wiped away or removed. Glass and mirrors will appear as clean and clear as before treatment.
Sanifog dry-fog is safe on any type of surface or fabric including delicate materials, electronics, fine arts and plants. In addition, before treatment, it is recommended to leave closet doors and drawers open, so that the dry-fog comes in contact with the most area and surfaces to sanitize and disinfect.
The dry-fog, once atomized in the air, quickly diffuses into the environment, lowering all the particles and pathogens present in the air and on surfaces.
Typically, after about 10 minutes from completion of the treatment windows and exterior doors can be opened and HVAC systems can be turned on to assist the remaining fog to dissipate more quickly.
Treated area can be reoccupied after 20 min have passed and no visible fog remains.
Compared to most conventional fog, mist and sprayer systems, the Sanifog system is 1700 times more powerful. Its efficiency resides in a powerful dry-fog atomization, its lighter-than-air presence throughout the treated area for an extended period of time increases the disinfectant performance of Sanifog as to all of the air and exposed surfaces.
These characteristics allow to treat small or large surfaces quickly with a minimum amount of product, with less operational work and in full safety of people, plants, animals and objects.
You should deactivate, cover, or place all smoke detectors in “test mode”. NOTE: Smoke detectors can vary widely in sensitivity, many more modern devices can easily differentiate between dry fog and real smoke although some older or less costly devices may not. Check with the device manufacturer or device installer for product information before application.
FIRE SPRINKLER AND SUPPRESION SYSTEMS – Dry fog has no detectable heat signature therefore it will not activate most fire sprinkler or similar fire suppression systems. However, confirm with the system manufacturer or operator/installer before application.
Yes, We recommend that heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems (HVAC) be turned off during the first 10 minutes of the process. This will allow time to create a layer of disinfectant protection on all surfaces.