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CLEANING & HYGIENE


CHEMICAL REACTION


Cleaning and hygiene should go hand in hand. However, the use of chemicals in many cleaning products means that the health and safety aspects of them can be overlooked. Activeion are on a mission to change that.


soil from non- porous surfaces so that it can simply be wiped away. It is faster and easier to use than the chemical- based cleaning materials that it replaces and studies have shown that a large proportion of the


A technology introduced into Europe as recently as spring 2010 can make it unnecessary to use cleaning chemicals for cleaning and disinfecting surfaces. Extensively used already in hotels, restaurants, catering and education across the UK and throughout Europe, Activeion technology, in the form of the Activeion ionator EXPTM, has been awarded the HACCP certificate as a tool recommended for use in food facilities and has won numerous awards throughout Europe.


The ionator EXPTM is a handheld cleaning tool that converts ordinary tap water into temporarily ionised water that lifts grease and


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chemicals used for cleaning have the potential to harm people, meaning that there are more reasons than just cost for using chemical-free cleaning.


PRESS COVERAGE On the 20th October 2010, the Daily Mail, in Britain, ran an article headlined ‘Bedroom chemicals ‘raise child’s allergy risk by up to 180%’*. It stated that an


ongoing Swedish study** had shown that ‘youngsters had up to 180% greater risk of developing allergies if they were exposed to propylene glycols (known as PGEs) in their bedrooms’. It also went on to say that ‘the study shows for the first time that the concentration of PGEs, propylene glycol and glycol ethers, in bedroom air was linked to an increased risk of developing asthma, rhinitis and eczema in children’.


“MORE INVESTMENT IN RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT TO ELIMINATE CHEMICAL CLEANING IS NEEDED IF SUSTAINABILITY IN CLEANING IS TO BE FULLY ACHIEVED”


Activeion suggest that cleaning with their technology simply removes that risk. Once customers have tried the ionator EXP™, virtually all opt to use it constantly, saving them not only the costs of buying many chemical cleaners, but also the costs of storing and mixing them. The ionator has also been proved in independent laboratory studies to kill 99.9% of harmful common bacteria such as E. Coli, Pseudomonas, Salmonella, Staph, MRSA, and Listeria, and eliminates the 2009 H1N1 influenza A swine flu virus in just six seconds. Cleaning with Activeion technology has been shown to remove most of the pathogens that cause cross-infection in hotels, restaurants, staff cafeterias and offices.


ENVIRONMENTALLY SOUND Eliminating chemicals from cleaning cuts the amount of chemicals discarded to the environment, and could prevent a great deal of asthma and other respiratory, allergic and endocrine system disease. Obviously, the Activeion ionator EXP™ is not the whole answer, and eliminates chemical cleaning only from work surfaces, mirrors, kitchen appliances, paintwork and other surfaces, such as desks and workstations. But it is a start – and it shows that more investment in research and development to eliminate chemical cleaning is needed if sustainability in cleaning is to be fully achieved.


Activeion’s certified tests show how well the ionator EXP™ performs on various test micro-organisms subjected to a six second spray period from seven to 10 centimetres away. Why tackle cleaning using materials and technologies that were used half a century ago?


www.activeion.co.uk * Daily Mail story ** Swedish study


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