Map-1 Disinfectants: What are they? How do they work?
| Sarfraaz Patel
At The Viral Cleaner, we're all about effective, long-lasting hygiene and cleaning products. We don't believe in using decades old, never improved products blindly, "just because they work". That's why all of our hand sanitisers protect for up to 6 hours, and our Nilaqua surface sprays can protect for up to 30 days!
Now when it comes to disinfectants, one of the most promising new technologies in the area is known as MAP-1 disinfectant technology. Developed over 10 years by Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, the spray-on coating (known as Germagic) is composed of millions of nano-capsules containing disinfectants that are effective against bacteria, viruses, and spores even long after drying.
Unlike common disinfectants such as alcohol or bleach that simply kill on contact until becoming ineffective, MAP-1 products disinfect using these heat-sensitive particles that activate and kill viruses on human contact. Thankfully, it's also non-toxic and skin safe (as well as safe for the environment).
Only recently approved for retail sale in Hong Kong, the manufacturers have seen success treating small, single person or family dwellings to prevent the spread of coronavirus in high density housing. Shopping malls, schools and sports facilities across Hong Kong have been using the coating as well.
It was tested on water pipes used in sewage works - they found the pipes coated with MAP-1 were more resistant to corrosion and microbial contamination.
Following clinical tests this year at a Hong Kong hospital and a home for the elderly, the coating has been made available for commercial purchase by Germagic, a unit of the university's industrial partner, Chiaphua Industries.
MAP-1 is designed for use on different surfaces including metals, concrete, wood, glass, plastics as well as fabrics, leathers and textiles without changing the materials’ appearance and tactile feel, the developers claim. Using a special blend of antimicrobial polymers, the new coating effectively kills up to 99.99 per cent of bacteria and viruses through contact killing and anti-adhesion technology.
Now, Map-1 technology is finally available in the UK! We are happy to be the exclusive providers of Germagic Thyme in London and the UK. Harness the power of MAP-1 disinfectants in your home, office, or business with The Viral Cleaners.