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One-Step Surface Care

January 7, 2009

Clean & Shield dispatches germs and leaves a lasting antimicrobial barrier on surfaces.

Clean & Shield cleans and kills MRSA.

One-Step Surface Care

Clean & Shield dispatches germs and leaves a lasting antimicrobial barrier on surfaces.

By Joanna Cosgrove
Online Editor

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, otherwise known as MRSA, has generated a lot of dubious news in the past year. Unelko Corporation, a Scottsdale, AZ, manufacturer of cleaning products, may have formulated an solution to the rampant spread of the potentially life-threatening MRSA bacteria that has been plaguing hospitals, nursing homes, health clubs, schools and homes in the form of Clean & Shield brand “spray & wipe” product.

Bolstered by a 35-year history as a manufacturer of water repellents, surface treatments and protective coatings, Unelko Corporation is well acquainted with meeting surface care challenges, especially as they related to the preservation, enhancement and preventative cleaning of surfaces in homes, automobiles, public buildings and commercial establishments.

The germ and virus annihilating power of Clean & Shield products for the home and Sani-Shield® products for institutional use clean surfaces was been proven to be effective by independent laboratory tests completed by the University of Arizona, under the auspices of renowned microbiologist, Dr. Charles Gerba. The tests confirmed that Clean & Shield and Sani-Shield both instantly killed more than 99.9 percent of MRSA, as well as e-coli, salmonella, noroviruses and the AD14 common cold virus, on surfaces.

While most cleaners provide a one-time “kill” or one-time “clean” without any ongoing protection against recontamination, Clean & Shield and Sani-Shield’s unique patented formulas, however, make them the first and only surface care products proven to protect surfaces with an invisible antimicrobial barrier on which bacteria, mold and mildew will not grow. The University of Arizona tests confirmed that the products simultaneously shielded surfaces with a newly-patented “invisible antimicrobial barrier technology” on which bacteria, viruses, mold and mildew will not grow for at least seven days between cleanings. The antimicrobial barrier also continued to kill the bacteria within hours of being re-deposited.

“Our Clean & Shield and Sani-Shield products are major breakthroughs in one-step surface care and the containment of bacteria and viruses otherwise spread by hand-to-surface and surface-to-hand contact,” commented Steven Ohlhausen, Unelko Corp.’s president. “Since you really can’t prevent soiling and germ deposits, shielding surfaces for easier next-time cleaning and protecting them against the cross-contamination of surface-contact germs is the best way to protect your family at home, at work or in public facilities.”

Mr. Ohlhausen wouldn’t openly divulge the ingredient(s) responsible for the product’s invisible antimicrobial barrier technology however he did say that the company “looked at marrying many ‘green’ cleaning ingredients such as hydrogen peroxide and other non-surfactant cleaners with organosilane quaternary coatings to activate the antimicrobial barrier.  

“Unelko recognized the need for solutions that solve the everyday problem of surface soiling, build-up, and microbial contamination. This new surface care breakthrough is the result of many years in the specialty cleaning and the coating business,” he said. “We have a history of meeting surface care challenges with a ‘real world’ approach to research, development and testing. It is through that research and consistent testing and experience that we have come to formulate the product.”

What’s more, Unelko regularly tests its own products against the performance of others to insure best results. “There are companies that make ‘green’ cleaners and companies who offer surface treatments or coatings, but none who offer both, that work synergistically together for perfect three-in-one hygiene,” he said. “We wanted to wait until we had our patents issued prior to launching these new products. We also expect to receive EPA registration for the products that will enable us to make all of the incredible efficacy claims the use of the products offer.”

Clean & Shield and Sani-Shield round out an array of cleaning solutions formulated and sold by Unelko in its corporate website store.

In October, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued Unelko a Stop Sale Order to prohibit the company from marketing and offering for sale the following unregistered pesticides from its websites: 1 Step Clean & Shield Bathroom Care, 1 Step Clean & Shield Bath Scrub, 1 Step Clean & Shield Surface Wipe, 1 Step Clean & Shield Surface Care, Eliminate Sani-Scrub 3-in-1 Surface Care, Sani-Shield Surface Wipe, Eliminate Sani-Shield 3-in-1 Surface Care, and Eliminate Stainless Shine 3-in-1 Surface Care. The company was ordered to cease its claims regarding the aforementioned products’ effectiveness against microorganisms like Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (i.e., MRSA), Escherichia coli, Salmonella, noroviruses, and the AD14 common cold virus. The agency contention was that the products violated the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act.

The EPA also filed a legal complaint against Unelko’s alleged illegal offering for sale of the pesticides at issue, as well as Unelko's failure to provide EPA with access to documents relating to the shipment of these unregistered products.

In recent months, Unelko reached a settlement with the EPA on all issues. As part of the settlement Unelko agreed to apply for EPA registration of its newly patented and patent pending surface care technologies. Pending registration, Unelko agreed to modify certain words and claims on its labels and advertising material. That process is ongoing.

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