It’s kind of interesting to ask a salesperson in the commercial cleaning equipment industry how a product they are hawking works.
Sort of like asking an aboriginal medicine man or shaman how things work – the explanation usually is pretty circular and devolves to something like “demons do it” or “it just works”.
Being of something of a scientific turn of mind I don’t find that terribly satisfying, tho in point of fact, if it does indeed work, do I really need to know more ?
Hence when I went to the ISSA janitorial supplier show last fall and asked every sales person in the Activeion booth how the product worked with no particularly satisfying answers, I was not surprised.
I didn’t bother going over to the Tenant Company booth (they invented the technology some years ago), as I wasn’t that interested.
Cleaning Management wrote it up a couple of months ago, so I will try to give it justice.
First, it has all the advantages of hydrogen peroxide cleaners – no chemicals to purchase, “greenness” because of the lack of chemicals, safety and no detergent residues to attract dirt back to the newly cleaned surface (resoiling).
Basically the magic word is “cavitation”
The electrical current temporarily separates the water into little tiny oppositely charged bubbles ( I suspect similar to an ozone generator which temporarily breaks down oxygen into it’s component ions) which ‘explode’ the dirt off the surface cleaned.
Activeion also makes the claim that by amping up the electrical charge they can disintegrate bacteria (see electroporation) as well as physically remove them, sanitizing / disinfecting the surface as well. I won’t reprise my posts on disinfecting (killing) vs removing pathogens here, but for purpose of brevity both are important.
These claims are not accepted (at this writing) by the FDA or other regulators, but they do make sense.
We have the technology – but in general hydrogen peroxide and our Kaifly flat surface protocols are more labor efficient. The Activeion dispenser is pretty heavy and if used continuously tends to tire the janitor. However, for use on a janitor cart for, say, restroom cleaning where you spend a few seconds cleaning each of a variety of surfaces, with a variety of tools this is a pretty good technology. It’s only the repetitive stuff (think wiping desks in a school classroom or tables in a day care) where the fatigue factor would be relevant.