These FAQs, by definition, have been formulated to address those questions which we receive on a regular basis. It is important to note that all claims for Bacoban® performance are supported by extensive test data.
Frequently Asked Questions
Bacoban® contains Benzalkonium Chloride and Sodium Pyrithione. These are well known and highly effective anti-pathogen agents.
Bacoban® is effect for such a long time because the active agents are held within a specially designed layer of SiO2. This layer is designed to be an “eluting layer”, this means that the layer allows the active agent to be available on the surface in order to neutralise the pathogens. If you were to apply Benzalkonium Chloride and Sodium Pyrithione to a surface without the SiO2 layer the agents would kill the pathogens which are on the surface but after a few minutes the agents would be easily removed from the surface and re contamination would occur. The SiO2 layer is essential for the long-term performance of Bacoban®.
Bacoban® is tested to the highest norms. One of the key tests is the ASTMs 2180 test. This test examines the efficacy of the coating against Corona Virus 10 days after the coating has been applied to a test surface. We are aware that the Bacoban® coating is effective beyond 10 days but we have to adhere to the strictures of the test which examines performance after 10 days.
Yes, we have independent testing which shows high performance at 30 days for Ecoli, Staphylococcus Aureus, Pseudomonas Aeruginosa, Aspergillus Niger Candida Albicans.
There is a direct link between the level of abrasion and the period for which the coating remains active. Independent trials show that Bacoban® is active for at least 10 days in an “active environment” eg. surfaces within a hospital which are touched and wiped frequently but the coating could be applied to an area which experiences a massive amount of abrasion eg. the grab handle of an underground train which can be subjected over 100,000 abrasive actions per day. It is reasonable to suggest that in such instances it unwise to say that it will last for 10 days. However, if the ceiling area of the same train carriage was coated with Bacoban® it would be reasonable to suggest that the coating will be fully active for prolonged periods. There is no formal testing protocol which measures such performance but sophisticated trial testing confirms that Bacoban® is highly active beyond 90 days on surfaces which are used regularly.
Bacoban® was an “EU class 2a Medical Device” for almost 10 years but the decision was made to withdraw from this certification process as it became too limiting. Bacoban® still offers all test certification associated with this status. Bacoban® can still be used in Hospitals.
The prevailing test protocols require testing against Corona / Influenza viruses in order to show efficacy against Covid 19. It is recognised that sanitisers which are effective against the Corona virus ”family“ of viruses also for kill Sars, Mers and Covid.
There are 3 considerations.
(1) When Bacoban® is applied to a surface it swamps the pathogens in liquid form and so it will quickly kill the pathogens.
(2) When the coating is in place pathogens will descend on to the active anti pathogen layer. The killing action of the active layer is always less profound than the application of sanitising liquids. The ASTM 2180 shows that 99% of virons are killed within 5 minutes. This is a highly effective and rapid killing rate. Many long-lasting anti pathogen coatings measure the killing efficacy as 99% after two hours. The longer that the pathogens are in place the higher the kill rate becomes.
(3) All pathogens are neutralised at different rates; killing rated depend on the physical structure pathogen. Some are killed within a minute others take longer. There is no one size fits all rule.
Bacoban® is effective against a very wide range of Viruses, Bacteria and Fungi. An extensive and indicative listing can be found on our web page. It should be remembered that Bacteria live at over 200°C in subterranean vents and on the outside of the International Space Station, these are very extreme environments and so beware of those who suggest that their sanitiser kills all pathogens. Bacoban® is not suitable for use as a sporicidal agent.
Derma Testing confirms that Bacoban® is not injurious to skin but of course prolonged application to skin is not recommended.
Bacoban® is not injurious to the skin on your hand but it should not be inhaled or sprayed into the face as it may irritate mucosa membranes eg. around the eyes, nose, mouth and lungs.
Bacoban® is supplied in domestic / retail packs and so it is easy to apply. Fogging, large scale spraying and nebulising of Bacoban® is a professional activity and so not suitable for non- professionals.
It is recommended that 10ml of liquid is used per m².
The maximum coverage per wipe is 1m².
There are two water-based variants and a variant with some alcohol within the mixture. The water based variants provide exactly the same anti pathogen performance but one variant (known as Bacoban® “WB”) is designed to be mixed and then used promptly. (It is suggested that it is used within 8 hours of mixing). This variant is normally used for large scale coating procedures eg. to sanitise aircrafts. The other water variant, known as “Bacoban® DL”, is supplied in bottles for use in hospitals etc.. This bottled variant has a long shelf life (approx. 36 months). The alcohol-based variant is designed for application to surfaces such as ATM machines, touch screens, door handles, etc where rapid drying and bonding to plastic, metal and glass surfaces is required.
When Bacoban® is applied to polished surfaces eg. a glass table top, it is apparent that the coating has been applied as the surface can look slightly misty. It is suggested that such surfaces are lightly buffed with a dry tissue or cloth some minutes after application in order to remove this misty appearance.
Bacoban can be applied to fabrics and soft furnishings and mattresses. It is common for Bacoban® to be applied to fabrics via spraying, fogging and nebulising. It is suggested that a test area on an inconspicuous area is established prior to application.
Bacoban® is a designed to withstand abrasion and so it is not easy to remove by cleaning with a cloth. Alcohol (at 70%) can be used to remove the Bacoban layer.
Bacoban® has been formally tested to address these questions and independent testing confirms that Bacoban® is an effective cleaning agent. Testing also confirms that the Bacoban® layer is an easy to clean surface.
Bacoban® is used to sanitise all forms of transport, ranging from private cars and Taxis up to Marine applications.
Pedexan® is very similar to Bacoban® alcohol-based but it contains a significantly stronger scent as it is designed to application to footwear.
Bacoban® is FDA certified for Thailand.
Bacoban® wipes, packaging, empty bottles and canisters can be disposed of with domestic waste, in accordance with prevailing local regulation.