HOW DOES DF200® WORK?
DF200® is a three component system comprised of a Penetrator solution, a Fortifier and a Booster. The Penetrator solution is a surfactant solution and wets out the surface of the mold spore, virus, bacteria, or mycotoxin.
The Fortifier is hydrogen peroxide. Once mixed in the finished product, it is about the same strength as a household antiseptic. As a peroxide, it can cause skin irritation after prolonged exposure, irritation of the mucous membranes if inhaled, or cause burns to the eyes… just as would occur with household strength hydrogen peroxide.
The Booster is a material that reacts with the peroxide to form a high energy and fast acting oxidizing species. It is safe for use, and is an FDA approved food packaging material.
Once properly mixed, The Penetrator or surfactant wets out the surface of the spore, punches holes in it, and draws the oxidizer to the spore. The oxidizing agent enters the spore and attacks the DNA chain, breaking it into small pieces via oxidation of specific chemical/protein bonds, and neutralizes the spore. DF200®’s technology eliminates the potential for the development of antimicrobial resistance commonly encountered with many traditional disinfectants that only disrupt cell functioning. This is especially important in healthcare environments where microbial mutation and antibiotic resistance are major concerns in fighting disease.
Similarly, the surfactant wets out or dissolves the toxin, where the oxidizing species reacts with various parts of the toxin molecule, breaking it and neutralizing it.
CAN DF200® BE USED IN THE KITCHEN?
Yes, DF200® is non-toxic to humans. You will want to wipe down all surfaces that will come into contact with food preparation areas, just as you would with any kitchen cleaner.
WHY USE DF200®?
With traditional remediation, protocols do not cover areas that are not directly impacted by infected areas. DF200® effectively treats every cubic inch neutralizing all mold, bacteria, virus, toxins, VOC’s, mVOC’s and allergens. Additionally, unlike other remediation products, with DF200® you’re treating for other contamination such as virus, bacteria, toxic industrial chemicals that are likely associated with contamination events. DF200® eliminates pollutant microns of even the smallest known size with an efficiency rate of 99.99999%. Insurance companies prefer to eliminate the time and labor costs associated with traditional remediation and the use of HEPA air scrubbers which have an efficiency rate far lower, at only 99.97%. With DF200® there is no worry over dirty filters, or inoperable parts and equipment, guaranteeing clearance testing after the first treatment.
IS THE RESIDUE TOXIC?
The residues of the chemical reaction with spores and toxins are not toxic. The spores are neutralized, and the toxins no longer toxins, but much shorter chain molecules. DF200® itself is inherently biodegradable, and can be rinsed to drain.
IS DF200® PACKAGING RECYCLABLE?
Yes, each container includes a 1-800# of which pickup for recycling of the containers can be arranged.
HOW LONG SHOULD YOU LEAVE THE PRODUCT BEFORE CLEANING?
In lab tests, a 15 to 30 minute period was required for clearance results. On surfaces using a bio-reveal test bacterial counts can go from over 1,000 to below 10, in 30 seconds. In mold remediation, the protocol is 60 mins x 2 dwell time, however for a more pervasive remediation project an extended dwell time will likely be required. Make sure enough time is allotted to allow product to seep into cracks and crevices to find the mold or contaminate, wetting it out. The more porous the material, the longer the application time. Surface and air sampling should be performed after treatment to determine that all contamination has been remediated.
WHAT IS THE KILL TIME?
About 15 seconds.
The only way to determine if contamination is neutralized is to conduct sampling operations. This procedure requires trained personnel in sampling techniques. A laboratory with trained staff must analyze biological samples to verify the results.
WHAT HAPPENS TO A CONTAMINATE ONCE NEUTRALIZED?
Contaminates are killed, and their counterparts are reduced to a non-detectable level. Once neutralized, the contaminate is nonviable, and cannot grow or cause any further damage. Additionally, the toxins are neutralized and changed, and will not likely cause any further reactions. Below are anthrax spores before and after treatment. As you can see they are severely altered. Clean up using water, rags, mops and vacuums is all that is needed to remove dead contaminates.
CAN THE SPECIES OF THE CONTAMINANT DETERMINE WHETHER DF200® WILL BE EFFECTIVE?
No. The formulation is effective against all common sporicidal and mold species. It has passed the AOAC Sporicidal Test against spores, the most rigid bio test there is, and the AOAC Use Dilution test.
WHY IS THE DF200® EPA REGISTERED?
The product has the following EPA registrations, EPA Reg. No.74436-1 and EPA Reg. No 74436-2.The EPA regulates the use of all chemical products sold in the United States. Manufacturers are required to submit to EPA detailed and specific information concerning the chemical composition of their product; effectiveness data to document their claims against specific microorganisms and to support the directions for use provided in labeling; labeling that reflects the required elements for safe and effective use; and toxicology data to document any hazards associated with use of the product.”
IS THE FOGGING TECHNIQUE CONSISTENT WITH THE CLEAN AIR ACT?
We do not emit any emissions; our fog is a liquid not a gas so the particulates that form the fog fall to the ground. Our product is actually grasping harmful spores floating in the air and capturing, destroying and removing them. Our fog is contained in a structure and dissipates and evaporates leaving a solid particulate that is removed therefore it does not fall under any of the criteria of the Clean Air Act.
IS DF200® ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY?
Despite DF200®’s power, the primary oxidizers within the formulation will decompose into oxygen and water. Consequently, the formulation has none of the problems of gaseous release of using chlorine (chlorinated organics) or chemical residues that are associated with other chemical oxidants. In addition, since the formulation is totally miscible with water, it is perfectly safe to handle and apply to many materials. DF200® complies with the Pollution Prevention Act, the Clean Air Act, and Public Law regarding the use of hazardous and toxic materials and Ozone Depleting Substances. DF200® does not contribute to the negative impact associated with greenhouse gasses produced by competitors products.
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF DF200® AS COMPARED TO TRADITIONAL REMEDIATION?
With DF200®, office/home relocation living expenses can be reduced significantly or eliminated altogether. Our process can take as little as a ‘few’ hours depending on the source of contamination and building contents. Unlike traditional remediation which could cause your home or place of business to be closed and sealed off for weeks or months.
With DF200®, there will be NO CHARGE for our product application if the building we treat does not pass the clearance test. (pending a thorough inspection and proper application by a trained and certified installer). Most traditional remediation contractors do not make any guarantees.
With DF200®, spores, toxins and allergens are neutralized by contact with our solution. Unless it is specifically requested, ‘whole treatment’ is rarely addressed when using traditional remediation.
With DF200® bacteria, and virus are neutralized by changes in their chemical or DNA structure rendering them ‘dead’ thereby eliminating any chance of ‘super bug’ regeneration. No other product or service available to the public offers this kind of protection.
DF200® and it’s proprietary chemical combination is capable of breaking apart chemical molecules, reducing them to inactive, harmless components. No other product or service available to the public offers this kind of protection.
DF200® can and should be used to treat the ENTIRE structure from the crawl space, HVAC’s to basement if necessary. With traditional remediation some protocols do not cover areas that are not directly impacted by water and mold, therefore post re-contamination is likely.
IS DF200® A GREEN CLEAN PRODUCT?
Yes, the ingredients in the product fall within the criteria for potential human health and environmental effects and that – based on currently available information, predictive models, and expert judgment – contains only those ingredients that pose the least concern to humans and the environment among chemicals in their class. Additionally, as compared to other methods of remediation, DF200® is resource and energy efficient minimizing the depletion of natural resources. Reduces remediation of affected construction materials by as much as 60% therefore minimizing landfill deposits while also conserving raw construction materials and conserving energy resources created by other methods of remediation such as air cleaners and air scrubbers.
IS DF200® BIODEGRADABLE AND NON-TOXIC?
Yes. Two independent laboratories have tested DF200®. DF200® meets biodegradability criteria within 30 days making it “inherently biodegradable”. Toxicity and biodegradability testing was done in 2005 with a laboratory (Vizon SciTec) in Canada. The by-products of DF200® formulations have not been determined to have cancer causing or other toxic effects. Because DF200® is non toxic does not mean it is meant for ingestion and caution should be taken in storage. Keep away from children.
IS DF200® CONSIDERED TO BE HAZARDOUS MATERIAL?
No, DF200® is not considered to be hazardous and requires no special handling during shipping and transportation.