PermaSafe FAQs

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What is PermaSAFE?

PermaSafe is a revolutionary, two step multipurpose antimicrobial Surface and Air Protection System that

  • Eliminates 99.999% of bacteria and viruses, plus odors and allergens
  • Makes interior surfaces antimicrobial and virtually “self-sanitizing”
  • Sanitizes HVAC systems & duct work and continuously purifies passenger cabin air
  • Repels and resists stains from liquids, dirt and other spills
  • Shields and helps extend the life of upholstery, carpets, and other surfaces 
  • Eliminates and helps prevent the reoccurrence of odors, allergens, mold, mildew & fungi and …

How Does PermaSAFE Work?

The PermaSafe System not only disinfects, but also provides continuous antimicrobial protection via a proprietary “Electro-Mechanical” process that kills germs without the use of harmful chemicals … and can last indefinitely.

Upon application, the patented active ingredient in PermaSafe permanently bonds with the surfaces to which it’s applied. As the protective coating dries, millions of positively-charged microscopic spikes” form and extend from the surface.  Because microorganisms are negatively charged, they are electrostatically pulled onto the positively charged spikes and are destroyed, as the spikes rupture their cell walls and “electrocute” them.

How long will PermaSAFE protection last?

The question of effective life is very difficult to answer. One of the things which makes the antimicrobial unique and so effective is its chemical nature. When it is applied in a water solution, the active ingredient quickly reacts with the surface to form a totally new surface. Technically the new surface is called a co-polymer. It is not a coating like paint. It is an integral and permanent part of the surface.

Because of its antimicrobial nature, existing microbes on the treated surface are killed and any new microbes which contact the treated surface cannot grow. The treatment does not dissipate over time. It does not volatilize (give off gasses or chemicals into the air), it is insoluble (it won't wash off), and it doesn't leach (move through other materials by any one of a number of physical processes). Also, it is not absorbed or consumed (eaten) by the microbes.

The result is that the antimicrobial surface does not lose its antimicrobial activity over time. In theory, it should last forever. In practice it does not.

For the antimicrobial to be effective, it must come into direct contact with the microbes. If an application is not complete and uniform, microbes will grow on untreated areas. If something covers the antimicrobial surface and prevents contact, microbes will grow on the covering material. A new coat of paint or a soap film will make the treatment ineffective. (If the soap film is removed, the antimicrobial will work again.) The antimicrobial surface is very thin and it can be worn away. Heavy foot traffic on a treated concrete or tile floor can remove the antimicrobial surface. Normal cleaning will not affect the treatment, but heavy scrubbing with abrasive cleaners will remove some of it. Finally, on some soft materials, treatment will only be effective until the surface is disturbed. An example would be the dirt floor of a crawl space.

So, what is the answer to the durability question? There isn't a good one.  On testing procedures preformed by PermaSafe, they have found that the product remains effective on interior surfaces for around 3 years and around a year in HVAC systems.  Tey have stated that they have found numerous applications which are still effective after 7-10 years.

A 2010 independent test of the product utilized in hospitals showed outstanding results.  The testing was preformed in three hospitals over the course of a five month period.  We have been informed to recommend reapplication of the product about every 90 days to ensure maximum performance.

How much PermaSafe do I need?

Depending on the application process, we have been informed that a gallon of product should cover roughly 5000ft² of surface area.

How do I apply PermaSAFE?

 The PermaSAFE system is a two step process.  Both steps are applied using a fogger or spraying system that can provide a 20-25µ droplet size.

Some of the recommended applications we offer are:

What is the purpose of the two step process?

The PermaSafe System is comprised of two distinct, yet equally remarkable, patented and EPA registered products: PermaSafe CLEAN and PermaSafe SHIELD.

A complete PermaSafe System installation is achieved by fogging both CLEAN and SHIELD, one product right after the other, throughout a vehicle’s passenger cabin, a process that typically takes no more than 15 minutes, from start to finish.

A fogged-on application of PermaSafe CLEAN™ kills 99.999% of bacteria and viruses on hard surfaces and 99.9% on carpets, while also eliminating odors, allergens, mold, mildew and other fungi. The application of PermaSafe CLEAN™ also “primes” passenger cabin surfaces to ensure a permanent bond with the subsequent application of PermaSafe SHIELD™.

PermaSafe SHIELD™ is a Patented, EPA Registered Long-Term Antimicrobial Surface Protectant.  Upon application, PermaSafe SHIELD™ forms a Covalent Bond with the surface to which it’s applied. Once cured it will not wash off and can last and remain antimicrobially effective almost indefinitely. Unlike common disinfectants, SHIELD™ doesn’t kill microbes by poisoning them with chemicals. Instead, it eliminates them through a patented “Electro-Mechanical” process, without the use of harmful chemicals.

Is PermaSAFE Safe?

PermaSafe is:

• Non-Toxic • 100% Biodegradable • Child Safe • Pet Safe • Hypoallergenic • Phosphate-Free • VOC-Free • Abrasive-Free • Corrosive-Free • Fragrance-Free • Residue-Free

    Is PermaSafe EPA approved?

    PermaSafe is currently approved by the EPA and the EPA number and liunk to the product on the website 

    How do I know PermaSAFE is working or is still working?

    You are able to test the surface with an item called a Luminometer.  The testing kits will be available for sale soon.

    What industries are currently using PermaSAFE?

    • Airlines and Aviation
    • Automotive
    • Healthcare Facilities
    • Hospitals
    • Hotels
    • Restaurants
    • and many others