The Value of Our Shield
If you see this seal at the facility you are visiting, please relax and have a peace of mind!
YOU HAVE A PROFESSIONAL SANITATION INSPECTOR SUPERVISING THIS FACILITY EVERY 30 DAYS!
Our shield ensures the surfaces are properly disinfected and sanitized. It guarantees that our SPARTAN DISINFECTANT PROGRAM was used and professionally applied to the areas.
It is important to mention that all our professionals are licensed and insured to perform the services at the residence or business in which our shield is placed. Please see below how our product works and keep you safe up to 120 days.
An inspector from our company will visit this facility frequently to make sure levels of germs at the surfaces are reduced to minimums.
Our program consists of two-step solutions. The first solution will kill germs and destroy biofilms from the surfaces. The second solution, using nanotechnology, fills any pores at the surface, and prevents new biofilms to form and produce planktonic bacteria that may contaminate other surfaces. It may sound too technical, but here we will explain in detail the science behind our products. Before we talk about the science behind our disinfectant and sanitizing program it is important to understand a few other things:
1) What is an ATP meter?
2) What are the most common surfaces?
3) What is nanotechnology?
What is an ATP Meter?
Usually, the easiest way to measure the contamination levels at a surface is to use an ATP meter. Here is some basic information about this important tool. The initials ATP stands for Adenosine Triphosphate.
ATP monitoring is a rapid testing method used by food and beverage processors to quickly assess the cleanliness of surfaces or liquid samples.
Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) is present in all organic material and is the universal unit of energy used in all living cells.
ATP systems use relative light units (RLU) as the unit of measure for adenosine triphosphate (ATP).
ATP is quantified by measuring the light produced through its reaction with the naturally occurring firefly enzyme luciferase using a luminometer.
The amount of light produced is directly proportional to the amount of ATP present in the sample, the greater the ATP, the higher the RLU.
What Are the Most Common Surfaces?
After knowing how we can measure contamination, we have to understand how the surfaces are the biggest factor to transmit contamination to other areas.
Microorganisms can travel from one place to the other by getting attached to other surfaces. Also, different types of surfaces have a better composition to grow microorganisms than others.
For example, porous surfaces have a much larger area to grow microorganisms than a non-porous surface. Wood, concrete, and plastic are considered a porous surface, and stainless steel is considered a non-porous surface.
Porous surface (green area on the surface)
Non-porous surface (red area on the surface)
What is Nanotechnology?
Nanotechnology is science, engineering, and technology conducted at the nanoscale, which is about 1 to 100 nanometers.
Nanoscience and nanotechnology are the study and application of extremely small things and can be used across all the other science fields, such as chemistry, biology, physics, materials science, and engineering.
The ideas and concepts behind nanoscience and nanotechnology started with a talk entitled “There’s Plenty of Room at the Bottom” by physicist Richard Feynman at an American Physical Society meeting at the California Institute of Technology (CalTech) on December 29, 1959.
It’s hard to imagine just how small nanotechnology is. One nanometer is a billionth of a meter.
Here are a few illustrative examples:
- There are 25,400,000 nanometers in an inch.
- A sheet of newspaper is about 100,000 nanometers thick.
- On a comparative scale, if a marble were a nanometer, then one meter would be the size of the Earth.
How the Spartan Disinfectant and Shield Works?
Germs and Biofilm
There are many “things” living on the surfaces that we touch on a daily bases. Single-celled microorganisms were the first forms of life to develop on Earth, approximately 3–4 billion years ago.
Microorganisms are vast and have many classifications. Microorganisms or microbes can be classified as bacteria, protozoa, virus, fungi, archaea, protists, plankton, and planarian.
These microbes can be viewed only via a microscope. They can also be beneficial or harmful to humans, animals, plants, and other forms of organisms.
Germs are considered harmful microorganisms while bacteria are a broad classification of a microorganism. Germs are generally known as culprits or bad microorganisms while bacteria can be classified as good bacteria or bad bacteria.
We must combat and kill germs in our daily environment so we can have a healthier life.
A biofilm comprises any syntrophic consortium of microorganisms in which cells stick to each other and often also to a surface.
These adherent cells become embedded within a slimy extracellular matrix that is composed of extracellular polymeric substances (EPS). The cells within the biofilm produce the EPS components, which are typically a polymeric conglomeration of extracellular polysaccharides, proteins, lipids, and DNA.
The probability of a biofilm to form is directly related to the contamination levels at the surface. For example, if you take a look at the scale table provided the probability of biofilms to start developing starts at levels superior to 30 RLUs.
Disinfecting the surface is the first step of our program. Spartan DS-100 (non-food contact) and Spartan FS-100 (food contact) will ensure the levels of contamination will be below 10 RLUs.
After the surface is clean and disinfected, Spartan CT-100 is our second step solution. It uses nanotechnology to fill porous surfaces. The special self-sanitizing solution will be fighting germs at the surface for up to 6 months.
Spartan CT-100 creates a shield to protect the surface against new contamination.
SPARTAN CT-100 (represented by the yellow color penetrates the surface and creates a self-sanitizing coating that lasts up to 6 months).
In many cases, after 6 months of an application using Spartan CT-100, ATP measurements were taken and readings were still below 10 RLUs.