What is SteraMist?
SteraMist is a sterilisation and decontamination system created by TOMI Environmental Solutions, Inc. It is designed to sterilise all types of buildings and surfaces in the most effective way possible without any downtime. TOMI is a global company specializing in disinfection and decontamination., utilizing its premier Binary Ionization Technology (BIT) platform through its SteraMist products; a hydrogen peroxide-based mist/fog composed of ionized Hydrogen Peroxide (iHP). This technology was invented for the U.S. Department of Defense.
Represented by the SteraMist brand of products, iHP produces a germ-killing aerosol that works like a visual non-toxic gas. It is safe and easy to use with only 7.8% Hydrogen Peroxide as the sole active ingredient to achieve a 99.9999% reduction of most pathogens and virus with quicker room turnover, better materials compatibility, and a cleaner facility. Thus, TOMI SteraMist is game changing and their technology which has an effective killing rate is taking over the sanitisation industry around the world by storm.
Recently, TOMI’s Asian Representative L3M International has entered into an exclusive partnership with Approved Group International, a disinfection specialist in Malaysia. This partnership allowed Approved Group International to use SteraMist to provide top disinfection protection services in Malaysia.
How Does SteraMist Work?
TOMI’s SteraMist products kill pathogens safely and effectively. The kill list does not only include Coronavirus, but also Ebola, MERS, C. diff spores, Sepsis, Norovirus, Anthrax, Staphylococcus, MRSA, Legionnaire’s and Zika. Furthermore, it is equally effective against food borne illness such as E. coli and salmonella and it’s the world’s safest natural steriliser.
TOMI utilizes Binary Ionization Technology (BIT) through its SteraMist Products. BIT is a patented two-step process that activates and ionizes a 7.8% Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2) sole active ingredient-based solution into a fine mist/fog known as ionized Hydrogen Peroxide (iHP). However, Hydrogen Peroxide is not the efficient killer here like used by other companies, instead, the proper application, sterilisation of iHP contains a high concentration of Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS), consisting mostly of hydroxyl radicals (OH) which is the killing agent. OH is one of the most powerful oxidizing agents in nature, and during TOMI’s iHP process, they kill bacteria and fungal spores and inactivates viral cells by destroying their proteins, carbohydrates, and lipids. This leads to the cellular disruption and dysfunction, allowing for the quick sterilisation of targeted areas, objects and large spaces.
The ionized fog/mist of SteraMist quickly covers hard to reach surfaces, with the same velocity and characteristics of a gas. As a result, it works faster and with less saturation than ordinary sprays. The SteraMist technology and sprayers allow for a six-log kill (99.9999%) to the space being sterilised.
In fact, a room that has been sprayed with SteraMist is safe to enter within minutes after the activated ionized Hydrogen Peroxide (iHP) mist has been applied.
SteraMist Surface Unit
The SteraMist Surface Unit is a fully portable, fast-acting, hand-held, point and spray misting disinfection system. This system is the ultimate tool in sterilising any space, whether used for specific service needs or acquired for daily use. The SteraMist Surface Unit is the best choice to make certain that a facility is using the best technology currently available. The single applicator surface unit enables sterilisation of all surfaces, including high touch, sensitive equipment, electronics, fabrics and curtains.
The basic features of SteraMist Surface Unit include:
- Single person application.
- Spray surfaces only for 5 seconds per square foot for disinfection.
- Multiple Surface Units can reduce terminal clean rooms to 10 minutes.
- Can be used on hard, non-porous, high touch surfaces.
- Reaches surfaces and areas that regular disinfectants cannot reach.
- Handheld application method gives users the freedom to easily manipulate and treat all sides of desired objects.
- Kills bacteria and inactivates viruses that may reduce risk of exposure from pathogens on treated surfaces.
- Helps prevent the build-up of odors by killing odor-causing bacteria.
- Fully validated to comply with GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) Standards.
SteraMist Environment System
The SteraMist Environment System is a complete room fogging sterilisation system. It is transportable, automated, remote controlled and provides complete room disinfection, decontamination, deodorization, and mold mitigation using multiple (three) treatment applicators per system.
With SteraMist Environment system, 3,000 square feet of space can be sterilised within an hour including application time, contact time, and aeration time. However, less time is usually needed for smaller size rooms.
The basic features of SteraMist Environment System include:
- Effective whole room treatment in just under 60 minutes including application time and contact time.
- Fully transportable
- Six-Log Kill (99.9999%) on Clostridium difficile spores.
- Kills pathogenic bacteria and deodorizes by killing odor causing bacteria.
- iHP fog kills and inactivates bacteria and viruses in even the most hard-to-reach areas.
- Automated/remote controlled system with downloadable data sets.
- Less downtime than competing technologies.
- Precise measurement of H2O2
- Fully validated to comply with GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) Standards.
SteraMist: Where to use?
SteraMist products are designed to serve a broad spectrum of commercial structures, including, but not limited to, hospitals and medical facilities, laboratories, pharmaceuticals, cruise ships, office buildings, hotel and motel rooms, schools, restaurants, meat and produce processing facilities, military barracks, police and fire departments, and athletic facilities, homes and multi-unit residences. In fact, SteraMist can be used on almost all kinds of surfaces.
Advantages of SteraMist over its Competitors
- Its nontoxic.
- No residue left after use.
- Functions at all normal ambient conditions and can decontaminate & sterilise large spaces.
- Safe for use around all metals and hundreds of other materials; does not damage walls or laboratory furniture.
SteraMist vs COVID-19
In the ongoing effort to combat the spread of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, TOMI has continued to support communities, healthcare workers, and first responders through the continuous use of SteraMist all over the United States and rapidly expanding its operation throughout the world. SteraMist is registered by EPA on List N for emerging pathogens like SARS CoV-2 Coronavirus.
COVID-19 has brought sterilisation into the global spotlight. The SteraMist products continues to provide all-encompassing sterilisation globally to combat coronavirus as well as the highest resistant pathogens known to mankind.
In a recent study, SteraMist ionized Hydrogen Peroxide (iHP) was tested on four 3D-printed materials for use in healthcare, including a surgical mask designed by the Veterans Health Administration. Inactivation was assessed for several clinically relevant RNA and DNA viruses, including SARS-CoV-2 and HIV-1. The study revealed that all viruses, including SARS-CoV-2, were completely inactivated by a single application of iHP without affecting the material’s integrity. Another study has shown that N95 masks sterilised using SteraMist iHP technology retained it’s function up to five cycles, the maximum number tested to date. SteraMist has also been utilized to sterilise mosques in Singapore in the effort to help closed mosques reopen in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.
Initially, SteraMist technology was invented to help protect against weaponized anthrax spore threats. However, TOMI has proven that ionized Hydrogen Peroxide (iHP) technology is a revolutionary and innovative method with sterilisation potential that goes far beyond its original mission. Infectious disease control and protocols has changed forever since the COVID-19 outbreak, and there will be a global focus financially to implement enhanced sterilisation in every hospital, laboratory, business and commercial setting to be prepared for and to prevent the next pandemic.
Thus, with TOMI’s SteraMist’s technology, AGI will always innovate to keep our world safe.