ServiceMaster Launches Anti-Microbial Solutions
ServiceMaster Brands will be making EPA-approved antiseptic and anti-microbial products with an active life of up to 90 days available to 1,200 ServiceMaster Restore and ServiceMaster Clean franchises in the United States under an exclusive agreement with Goldshield Technologies.
Goldshield products are approved for a wide variety of applications, including hospitals, daycares, schools, senior living facilities, gyms, salons and restaurants. This new step in ServiceMaster’s protocols takes infection prevention beyond disinfection; the new anti-microbial protection will help keep facilities free from dangerous microbes for weeks.
The killing action of the new anti-microbial technology is different than traditional disinfectants. Most disinfectants encapsulate microorganisms, releasing bacteria-killing chemicals into the cells. Goldshield has a long carbon chain, like a bed of nails, that releases an ionic charge that destroys the cell structure, while its chemistry denatures proteins, killing the organism on contact.
Goldshield can be applied by commercial pressure sprayer or pump-sprayer to most surfaces including countertops, fabrics and carpet. It forms a strong chemical bond that will not leach off, and it remains on the surface even through subsequent cleanings. The water-based formulation poses no respiratory or contact risk.
Goldshield products have been the subject of more than 40 evidence-based studies conducted by independent laboratories, including three peer-reviewed studies in the American Journal of Infection Control. In a 2017 article in AJIC, it stated, “Sustained reductions of bioburden with the monthly application of (Goldshield) may be associated with significant reductions in the risk of healthcare associated infections.”1. It has been proven to kill 99.9%-99.99% of disease-causing organisms.
Peter Duncanson, director of commercial operations for ServiceMaster Brands subsidiary, ServiceMaster Restore, says:
“With the addition of Goldshield products, ServiceMaster introduces an important advancement in the fight against bacteria and infectious diseases.
“Breaking the chain of infection can be difficult. Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces kills bacteria and helps prevent disease, but surfaces can be re-infected soon after cleaning. This new technology complements ServiceMaster disinfecting and sanitizing processes, providing a barrier that continuously safeguards against dangerous microbes on surfaces. It’s an important development in infection prevention that creates a safer, healthier environment for a relatively long period of time.
“We expect this service to be very appealing for any facility that has high human traffic.
“Frequent cleaning and disinfecting are extremely important, but it’s unrealistic to clean constantly. A ServiceMaster cleaning system that includes a long-acting anti-microbial treatment provides a significantly higher level of infection prevention for everyone who enters the facility, even between cleanings.”