MicroArmor manufactures and distributes a broad range of antimicrobial products that are designed to work synergistically together to reduce exposures to bacteria, viruses and fungi that can cause illness. (See Antimicrobial System) In applying what we refer to as “The Good Science” plant derived, high biorenewable, fourth and fifth generation quaternary compounds are blended with other plant derived ingredients to provide effective antimicrobial products, at the lowest cost per application possible. MicroArmor products do not promote the emergence of superbugs, eliminates both enveloped and non-enveloped viruses, displays residual activity (persistence) and have a high biorenewable index.. And the residual action of MicroArmor Hand Sanitizers is achieved without applying a silver ion or organosilane coating that interupts the formation of healthy, natural skin oils.
When reviewing Antimicrobial Technologies it is important to consider how they translate into better performing products. Better performance in terms of EFFECTIVENESS and EFFICIENCY (cost per application). Consumers should be wary of companies who spend an inordinate amount of time and energy explaining why you should be enamored with their “latest and greatest” technology with out demonstrating that it is more effective, safer or achieves a lower cost per application. Visit our Literature Section for more regarding the use and misuse of the INTERNET to purposely misinform consumers.
EFFECTIVENESS (Efficacy) is a products ability to achieve the desired result. In the case of Cleaner Disinfectants, Disinfectants, Skin Sanitizers and Antimicrobial Coatings this means to kill and/or inhibit the growth of bacteria, viruses and fungi. Measuring how effective a product is straightforward as there are recognized EPA and FDA standards regarding how products should be tested and perform. In the case of Disinfectants, a product should kill virtually 100% of a broad range of bacteria, viruses and fungi within 10 minutes. In the case of skin sanitizers or what the FDA refers to as “leave on antiseptics” the product should kill 99.9999% or more of the target microorganisms within 15 seconds. Efficacy results for MicroArmor Cleaner Disinfectants and Disinfectants are provided here and efficacy results for our Skin Sanitizers can be found here. MicroArmor’s Cationic Surface Coating and Fabric Protectant utillize proven Catiionic Silane-quat technolgy that has undergone extensive clinical review. Residual or persistence action of our active ingredient was identified in various clinical studies.
Companies who reference the antimicrobial or antibacterial qualities of their active ingredients without providing independent, third party efficacy testing or case studies of their products that demonstrate such performance are not avoiding it. They either don’t have them or don’t publish them because the results don’t support their marketing hype. This is particularly true of companies who utilize essential oils in their products like Thyme Oil, Eucalyptus Oil and Tea Tree Oil. These companies spend an inordinate amount of time referencing the antimicrobial qualities of these “natural” ingredients and pointing out how much safer they are than Triclosan. One company that utilizes both Eucalyptus and Tea Tree Oil even provides references to studies that support these antimicrobial claims. And yes these studies show moderate antimicrobial effectiveness with concentrations of 20 percent or more. The company however only uses a concentration of only 2 percent in any of their products. An amount which would be ineffective at killing any bacteria, virus or fungi is 15 seconds. Of course one of the reasons the company would not use anywhere near 20 percent of these oils in their products, besides cost, is that concentrations of that level are harmful, carry significant side effects and smell terrible.
Once again, knowledgeable consumers should challenge any company to produce the efficacy findings regarding its disinfectants, antimicrobial soaps, antimicrobial products, skin sanitizers, etc. before trusting that their products will work. Without such testing you are probably going to pay a lot more than necessary for a bar of soap, body wash or antibacterial wipes that are nothing more than essential oil scented soap. In such cases your best defense is knowledge and complete information regarding a products studied and proven efficacy. And yes consumers should avoid any antimicrobial soaps or products that contain Triclosan, a dangerous antimicrobial agent that has been banned in Europe and Canada.
SAFETY refers to whether a product poses a risk to the consumer or the environment. It is important to recognize that Disinfectants and Skin Sanitizers are effective because their active ingredient is TOXIC to bacteria, viruses and fungi. This is true even if the active ingredient is an essential oil like Tea Tree, Eucalyptus or Thyme. Because of this capability, ALL ACTIVE INGREDIENTS used in ALL Disinfectants and Hand Sanitizers at sufficient amounts to be effective are considered Pesticides by the EPA. What consumers need to be concerned about is whether the amount of active ingredient needed to kill/inactivate harmful microorganisms is safe for adults and children if used as directed. In the case of Disinfectants this could include harmful side effects to the user from inhalation, skin contact or ingestion. With Skin Sanitizers side effects could include skin reactions, ingestion discomfort or, the drying of skin, intoxication and fire hazard risks associated with alcohol based products. If used, stored and disposed of according to the label, MicroArmor high biorenewable Disinfectants comply with all EPA requlations.
Companies go to great lengths to assert that their products are safer for consumers and the environment through the use of marketing terms such as natural and non-toxic. Unfortunately with many products, you will note a distinct difference between the marketing literature and the use, storage and disposal instructions on the label. For example, companies that market Chlorine Dioxide tablet disinfectants assert that their products are safer than due to the characteristics of Chlorine Dioxide itself. They however fail to mention the storage and disposal restrictions regarding Chlorine Dioxide and potentially harmful byproducts caused through oxidation of substances on the surface. They also neglect to mention the difficulty in maintaning concentrations that are above the necessary 100 ppm to be effective, yet below the 300ppm safety limit established by the EPA. And there is more than a moderate amount of anecdotal evidence that suggests maintaining the ideal concentration to avoid corrosion of disinfected surfaces and minimize potentially harmful health impacts is difficult if not impossible.
Another company while neglecting to address the documented skin drying, ingestion and fire hazard associated with ALL alcohol sanitizers claims that their product is safer because they utilize organic alcohol. Still another company references a clinical study which they claim shows that their alcohol sanitizers do not dry the skin. What they fail to disclose is that the clinical study they reference compared the use of their sanitizer to washing with a harsh soap 20 times a day. So the only conclusion that can be drawn is that their product does not dry the skin anymore than harsh soap does after 20 uses. Further they fail to acknowledge the numerous studies which show the primary reason for non-compliance with alcohol washes by physicians and nurses is due to it drying their skin. No doubt the best test for any consumer is to buy both a alcohol sanitizer and MicroArmor non-alcohol sanitizer, use each on separate hands, several times a day and compare them after a week. The difference will show you how dry, dry is and what is meant by our claim that MicroArmor conditions your skin.
EFFICIENCY refers to how much the Antimicrobial product costs per use or application. Beyond demonstrating effectiveness and having a high biorenewable index, if used as direccted, there are no features of Antimicrobial products that justify paying a higher per application amount. MicroArmor Cleaner Disinfectant, Disinfectant, Skin Sanitizer, Antibacterial Soap and Antimicrobial Surface and Fabric Coatings are priced at a per use or application amount that is lower than any other equally Effective Antimicrobial products on the market. And the residual action of MicroArmor Hand Sanitizers is achieved through normal use patterns, not by applying a silver ion or organosilane coating that interupts natual skin oils and healthy bacteria. Even when compared to cheap Alcohol Gels, MicroArmor’s Skin Sanitizers, which provide 3 to 5 times the number of applications, are 50% lower cost per application. And as noted, they provide residual action (persistence) and do not dry your skin, pose a fire or intoxication risk. MicroArmors Antibacterial Surface Coating and Fabric Protectant, particularly when purchased with application services, are significantly more cost effective than any comparable product on the market. Making this advanced technology available and affordable to virtually everyone.