How does the PRO-Techs technology work?
The active ingredient in PRO-Techs forms a colorless, odorless, positively charged polymer that molecularly bonds to the treated surface. You could think of it as a layer of electrically charged swords. When a microorganism comes in contact with the treated surface, the C-18 molecular sword punctures the cell membrane and the electrical charge shocks the organism. Since there is no transfer of electrical power, the antimicrobial agent maintains its kill capacity.
What is the purpose of the Silane portion of the molecule?
Silanes are extremely efficient bonding agents that can be coupled to other molecules and then used to permanently bond those molecules to a target surface. Our antimicrobial silane modifies virtually any surface and transforms it into a surface that will not support microbial growth.
What is the active ingredient?
CAS 27668-52-6 dimethyloctadecyl(3-(trimethoxysilyl)propyl) (organosilane quarternary)
Are PRO-Techs products quaternary compounds?
Yes and no. PRO-Techs active ingredient is an organofunctional silane, but part of the molecule is a quaternary compound. Unlike traditional quats, which have a limited kill spectrum, PRO-Techs provides long-term protection and controls a wide range of microorganisms including bacteria, fungus, algae, and mold.
What viruses and microbial threats is PRO-Techs effective against?
PRO-Techs has a mode of action that involves a positive charge and is effective against tested human coronavirus, norovirus, herpes virus, ebola virus, SARS, HIV, influenza, and all bacteria, fungus, algae, and mold.
Most common offending pathogens: including Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA), Klebsiella, Escherichia Coli (E Coli), fungal organisms (including Aspergillus and Mucor), Yeast-Phase Candida species, Virus (including HIV and Influenza), Mold, Algae, and Protozoa, most of which are antibiotic resistant.
Will this technology adversely affect the skin or environment?
No. Since the antimicrobial is permanently bound to the surfaces it protects, it does not leach from the fabric to the skin or into the environment. Extensive toxicological testing shows the antimicrobial does not cross the skin barrier. In fact, PRO-Techs is so safe, that it is used on baby diapers to prevent diaper rash.
What other benefits does using PRO-Techs offer?
PRO-Techs does not leach or migrate. Greater than 99% effectiveness on external testing for 20 to 30 washes, depending upon fabric types (organic vs. synthetic blend). PRO-Techs is more economical than silver based and triclosan based anti-microbials. Lab proven to prevent propagation of adaptive organisms (super bugs).
What tests show that the growth of bacteria has been prevented?
Microbiological testing is what establishes the baseline standard that is used to give validity for use as a QA and QC tool. PRO-Techs has over 15 years experience in performing extensive microbiological tests such as bacterial retrievals, fungal growth tests (AATCC 30, ASTM G-21) and bacterial growth tests (AATCC 100, ASTM 2149-01). PRO-Techs has a long history of bacterial and fungal testing on a variety of hard and soft surfaces, including drapes, carpet and building products.
Why are PRO-Techs products so durable?
Their exceptional chemical bond (a covalent bond) the bonded polymer is neither soluble nor volatile. The unique bond results in the PRO-Techs polymer becoming an integral part of the substrate.
Will using PRO-Techs result in 'super bacteria'?
No. Adaptation studies show that microbes do not adapt to Pro-Techs and no ‘Zone of Inhibition’ develops.
Does PRO-Techs give off gases during or after application?
No. PRO-Techs does not volatilize, dissipate, or leach onto other surfaces. Its chemistry polymerizes where it is applied and forms a permanent bond that essentially lasts the life of the treated surface. Normal cleaning should not remove the treatment, although it can be abraded away.
Is PRO-Techs permeable to moisture?
Yes, moisture that is in or on the treated material/surface passes through the treatment. After curing, the treatment is somewhat hydrophobic (water repellent), but it should not be considered to be a replacement for commercial water repellents.
Why use PRO-Techs technology?
PRO-Techs is a unique time-tested broad spectrum antimicrobial agent, with over 15 years of application and testing experience, making us not only the most qualified in the industry, but also our ability to achieve dramatic results in the most critical situations, makes us stand alone in the industry.
REGULATIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS
Is PRO-Techs registered under the EPA treated article exemption?
Yes, since 1976.
Does PRO-Techs have approved EPA public health claims?
Is PRO-TECHs registered/approved by any of the following regulatory or certification bodies?
REACH – Yes
Biocide Products Directive – Yes
Oeko-Tex – Yes
Bluesign – No (PRO-Techs is tested internally using Bluesign but is not registered with Bluesign. PRO-Techs shows up during BPB testing)
How long does the treatment last?
Since the cured antimicrobial is nonvolatile, insoluble, and non-leaching, the treatment should last for up to 90+ days on hard surfaces and 12 – 18 months on soft surfaces. The life of a treated surface depends on a number of factors, not the least of which is surface preparation. If you treat a dirty or unstable surface, when the dirt comes off or the surface is disturbed, some of the antimicrobial will be removed with it. Abrasive or caustic (pH>10.5) cleaners will also shorten effective life.
Are there any other performance benefits?
Long-term antimicrobial control and effectiveness, softening effect on treated textiles.