FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How does Germ-O-Gard work?

Germ-O-Gard is a hospital grade disinfectant, which is combined with a PVA type polymer and an isopropyl alcohol solvent base. When applied to a hard surface the alcohol evaporates, leaving behind the durable scratch resistant film which is impregnated with the powerful disinfectant.

How safe is Germ-O-Gard?

Germ-O-Gard is very safe.

Germ-O-Gard uses the same type of disinfectant utilised in common household sprays and hospitals. It has been rigorously tested and approved for use in residential and commercial food preparation areas by HACCP Australia, which specialises in the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) Food Safety Methodology. Further, the polymer used to create the residual film is considered so safe a variant of it is used in many pharmaceutical lubricating eyedrops.

Is Germ-O-Gard safe for use in food preparation areas?

Yes!

Germ-O-Gard has been rigorously tested and approved for use in residential and commercial food preparation areas by HACCP Australia, which specialises in the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) Food Safety Methodology.

What surfaces can be treated with Germ-O-Gard?

Germ-O-Gard is primarily designed for hard surfaces such as bench tops, toilets, taps/faucets, etc. However, there are literally hundreds of other surfaces types which can benefit from the protective qualities of Germ-O-Gard. As with any new product, it is best to spot test a small area on your first application, just to be sure.

Is Germ-O-Gard safe to use on any surface?

Yes!

Germ-O-Gard has been thoroughly tested and proven effective and safe on a wide range of materials. We do, however, recommend spot testing in an inconspicuous area the first time you use Germ-O-Gard on a new surface.

How long with Germ-O-Gard keep killing germs on a surface?

On hard surface application, Germ-O-Gard leaves a durable residual film that incorporates a hospital grade disinfectant. The dried film is insoluble in water and won't wash off or be negatively affected by the moisture typically present on human skin. The remaining film is scratch resistant and truly residual, providing superior, long lasting protection against germs. The less wear and tear a surface receives the longer the film will last. For example, a door handle on the entrance to a busy restaurant may need weekly applications, whereas a treated wall inside would likely remain effective for many months.

Why is Germ-O-Gard better than other products that claim to kill 99.9% of germs?

Germ-O-Gard is a hospital grade Hard Surface Disinfectant, with long term residual properties. It has similar anti-viral and anti-bacterial killing properties to many common household brands, killing 99.9% of germs, but it has one key difference - most common household brands kill on application, but surfaces are easily reinfected with the touch of a dirty finger. Germ-O-Gard remains effective on a surface for long periods of time, and keeps killing long after initial application.

Why are products that create covalent bonds with the surfaces they protect less desirable than Germ-O-Gard?

One word. Covalent.

Wikipedia describes a Covalent Bond as: A chemical bond that involves the sharing of electron pairs between atoms. The stable balance of attractive and repulsive forces between atoms when they share electrons is known as covalent bonding. For many molecules, the sharing of electrons allows each atom to attain the equivalent of a full outer shell, corresponding to a stable electronic configuration.

In essence, what this is saying is that a chemical change takes place, making a covalent bond very hard to break. You don't want this on your marble or granite kitchen bench top or expensive bathroom taps!

Is Germ-O-Gard's protective plastic film removable from a surface once it has been applied?

Yes!

While other products are known to form an irremovable covalent bond with surfaces on application, resulting in unsightly build-up over time, Germ-O-Gard's protective plastic film is invisible, non-tacky, and 100% removable on re-application.

If I keep applying Germ-O-Gard will I notice a residue build up?

No.

Unlike competing products, Germ-O-Gard's residual film is easily removed from surfaces when reapplied. Quite simply, because the film is soluble in alcohol, but not soluble in water, only when Germ-O-Gard is reapplied is the old film dissolved, leaving a fresh protective film in its place. This process is very important, as it prevents any unsightly build-up.

Will Germ-O-Gard cause bacterial resistance?

Germ-O-Gard is residual and kills germs in four different ways. Compared to many common products that have short term efficacy and use only a single active ingredient, the risk of bacterial resistance to Germ-O-Gard is minimal.