What is SurfaceWise2™?
SurfaceWise2™ is an antiviral surface coating that kills 99.99% of surface pathogens, including SARS-CoV-2 (and the disease it causes, COVID-19), for at least 90 days.
Who created SurfaceWise2™?
Allied BioScience, a biotechnology company, is the founder of SurfaceWise2™.
How is SurfaceWise2™ different from other antibacterial coatings currently on the market?
Other coatings with antibacterial claims, such as Microban™ only kill bacteria – not viruses. COVID-19 is caused by a virus. SurfaceWise2™ is antibacterial and antiviral, which means it kills bacteria and viruses continuously for at least 90 days.
Does SurfaceWise2™ work quickly?
Yes. It is the first and only residual antiviral with proven continuous kill of coronaviruses on surfaces for 90 days.
How often does SurfaceWise2™ need to be applied to be effective?
On most surfaces, the coating will only need to be applied four times per year to provide continuous protection.
Is it a disinfectant or a coating?
SurfaceWise2™ is a long-lasting surface coating. The coating bonds to both hard and soft surfaces to create an antiviral barrier. It provides effective, 24/7 protection for 90 days or longer, even with regular cleaning and disinfecting.
How does it work?
Viruses begin dying as soon as they encounter SurfaceWise2™. The active ingredient in it aggressively kills bacteria and viruses by disrupting viral cell’s membranes, making them ineffective. 90% are killed within 10 minutes of contact, and 99.9% within two hours.
What is the process for having the coating applied to surfaces?
First, SOLID will perform a virtual or in-person site assessment and create a quarterly or annual program proposal. We will then perform an initial deep cleaning and disinfection to safely and effectively prepare surfaces, followed by certified application of the SurfaceWise2™ coating to appropriate surfaces using electrostatic spray systems.
What are some of the benefits of using SurfaceWise2™?
Quarterly application of SurfaceWise2™ by SOLID offers several benefits:
- Protection for any space, including common areas and lobbies, meeting rooms, offices, manufacturing and warehouse spaces, control centers and more.
- No downtime. Spaces can be occupied minutes after application.
- Continuous deactivation of virus and bacteria adds another level of comfort and safety for employees, clients and visitors.
- Potential for cost savings by reducing the frequency of disinfection.
How will people know that SurfaceWise2™ has been used in my business?
SOLID can partner with you to install signage and provide communications to let employees and visitors know that surfaces have been treated with the long-lasting, non-toxic antiviral coating.
What sort of PPE is needed to apply this coating?
The PPE that may be required while the coating is applied is the same for any sprayed chemical. SOLID’s technicians will use a mask, goggles and gloves for their protection.
Has it been tested?
Yes. Proven scientific evidence (stringent EPA testing standards and independently confirmed results) shows the antiviral coating continuously controls the spread of coronaviruses from contaminated surfaces, killing more than 90% of viruses in 10 minutes and 99.99% in 2 hours.
What are the test results to prove its effectiveness?
SurfaceWise2™ uses X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) testing on a surface and can be used to verify the presence of SurfaceWise2™ over time in actual use. XRF testing is unique to SurfaceWise2™.
Is the coating approved by the EPA?
The EPA has provided a Section 18 Emergency Exemption waiver for specific use. The manufacturer is pursuing a full registration for broad, national use and is working with the EPA on testing protocols for this novel category.
Is SurfaceWise2™ on List N?
No, because the products on the EPA’s List N are disinfectants, not antiviral coatings. SurfaceWise2™ is the only antiviral coating that currently has EPA approval.
Are there any other products that can make similar claims?
No. Legally, there are no products that can make an extended kill claim. Other products that attempt to make similar claims must state that the product cannot provide an extended kill of illness-causing pathogens. Similar products only provide momentary disinfection- they are not long lasting.
Is it safe?
Yes. In fact, SurfaceWise2™ has achieved the EPA’s best possible safety characterization (category IV). It is non-flammable, non-toxic, odorless, contains no VOCs and leaves no visible film or residue on most surfaces.
How will SurfaceWise2™ work with my regular cleaning and disinfecting program?
SurfaceWise2™ is not a substitute for routine cleaning. Instead, it offers an additional layer of protection to reduce bacteria and infectious viruses on surfaces.
Can I still perform the same daily cleaning routines that I use now?
Yes. Regular cleaning and disinfection will not degrade the coating.
How can I get SurfaceWise2™ for my business?
SOLID is a preferred nationwide partner for SurfaceWise2™. We will partner with you to assess your facility’s needs and develop a customized Consolidated Care Plan for ongoing cleaning, disinfection, maintenance and response.
Who applies SurfaceWise2™?
As part of your Consolidated Care Plan, SOLID’s team will apply the coating. They are fully trained and certified to ensure surfaces are properly prepared and apply the coating appropriately.
What is the cost savings of this approach vs. daily, weekly or monthly services?
Your SOLID representative can work with you to determine the potential cost savings.
Can you sell the coating to us and let our in-house people provide the service?
No, SOLID is an approved, preferred service partner and expertly trained to deep clean surfaces and apply the coating using electrostatic spray systems nationwide. We do not sell the product for others to provide the service.
Will I have to close my business while SurfaceWise2™ is applied?
No one can be present during the application process.
Will the antiviral coating always be effective for the full 90 days?
The antiviral coating remains fully effective for at least 90 days, even after repeated contamination and cleaning. How long it lasts past 90 days depends on the amount of abrasion to the surface.
Does the coating need to be cleaned or otherwise maintained during the 90 days?
Yes. SurfaceWise2™ is not a substitute for the regular cleaning of surfaces. Instead, it offers an additional barrier to reduce human exposure to infectious viruses from surfaces. Your surfaces still need to be regularly cleaned as part of your normal protocols.
What happens if surfaces are not cleaned properly before the coating is applied?
If the surfaces are not cleaned prior to treatment with SurfaceWise2™, it may not bind properly to the surface. This can result in reduced durability over time.
If too much SurfaceWise2™ is sprayed on a surface, how can it be removed?
96% ethanol or IPA with rigorous rubbing can remove over-application. We then recommend reapplying a lower coating of SurfaceWise2™.
What surfaces can the 90-day antiviral coating be applied to?
The coating has been tested to be compatible with all major hard and soft surfaces, including:
- Stainless steel and metals of all finishes
- Plastic and rubber
- Task chairs and panel fabrics
- Carpet (natural and synthetic)
Can the coating be applied to outdoor surfaces?
It is not approved for outdoor use at this time.
Can SurfaceWise2™ be applied to gym equipment?
Is it safe for use in childcare facilities?
Yes, but it is not recommended for use on children’s toys that might be put in their mouth.
Can SurfaceWise2™ be used in restaurants?
Yes. However, it should not be applied to food prep or food contact areas.
What are the guidelines for use in and around food preparation and storage areas?
The coating manufacturer is pursuing EPA registration for food contact surfaces, but it is not approved yet. Dishes and cutlery should be put away during treatment. Tables and trays can be sprayed with the coating, but it is not recommended for food contact surfaces.
Does this coating align with the GBAC STAR Accreditation program?
Not currently, but there may be alignment with the program in the future.