Although Nanotouch was founded nearly 10 years ago, there’s a good chance you’ve heard about us only recently. Perhaps you’ve seen our self-cleaning surfaces in office complexes, medical facilities, universities or other places you frequent. Or, you may have come across us in the trades or on social media. Whatever way you found us, we’re happy you’re here. And we hope these FAQs answer your most pressing questions.
How does it work?
We hear this A LOT, and we get it. It sounds like science fiction, but it’s actually science. We bond microscopic mineral nanocrystals across our touchable surfaces. When natural or artificial light hits those mineral nanocrystals, the nanocrystals actively self-clean through a natural photocatalytic oxidation process. Another way of putting it is the organic contaminants are broken down on the surface, and the touchpoints are continuously cleaned, 24/7.
OK, but does it actually work?
Yes, absolutely. Our products have been tested extensively by independent, EPA, FDA and GLP compliant labs. The U.S. Navy is a customer who spent six months testing our products rigorously. Internationally, the Korea Research Institute (South Korea), the King Abdul-Aziz University Research Center (Saudi Arabia) and Acumen Scientific (Malaysia) have provided independent studies. All have said the same thing: The science works. As such, we received a $2 million grant after a nine-month vetting process by university scientists. You can also read this interview with one of our customers about the efficacy of our products.
Do your products kill germs?
We provide greener, healthier approaches to cleaning by using nanotechnology instead of toxins. In the current regulatory environment, only EPA-registered products––which are all classified as pesticides––can claim effectiveness against any type of germ.
Do your products need to be cleaned?
Yes, visible dirt needs to be cleaned with non-abrasive cleaners so that the photocatalytic process isn’t impeded. We recommend wiping our touchpoints down with a microfiber cloth and water. Avoid abrasive cleaners and cleaning devices or utensils that might compromise the surface.
How long do the surfaces last?
As a best practice, we recommend replacing facility touchpoints every 90 days. In some particularly high-traffic locations, they may need to be replaced more often. The product life of our surfaces is often reflected in the actual physical wear. Thus, if you see the pattern or text on our surfaces start to look worn, that’s a sign that they need to be replaced. Mats, mousepads and tissue-box covers should be replaced once every 12 months.
Are the products recyclable?
We’re glad you asked. Yes, our surfaces are recyclable through TerraCycle.
TerraCycle’s Office Supplies – Zero Waste Box™ program is the one that works with our products. You can recycle both our Peel & Stick Touchpoints and the silicone Slide-on Sleeves. Our products won’t take up much room in the box, but we’ve got a feeling you’ll be able to find a lot of other qualifying recyclables (card and document filers, binders, calendars, binder clips, pens/pencils/markers, etc.) to send in, too.
How are the surfaces applied?
Peel & Stick Touchpoints: Simply peel and stick – really! If it goes on crooked the first time, peel off and reapply.
Silicone Slide-on Sleeves: For the door handles sleeves, use Windex (or like product) and spray inside the sleeve and on the door handle itself. This provides needed lubrication to make the sleeve slide on quickly and easily. The chevron should face front and point to the outside of the door. Light switch, doorknob covers and elevator button covers, however, do not require any lubrication in the installation process. Just pop them on!
Do Peel & Stick Touchpoints leave behind an adhesive residue?
While no adhesive is truly residue-free, when used according to directions, ours leaves virtually no residue. There are times when some residue may need to be cleaned off due to environmental conditions e.g., high heat or from leaving the surface on significantly longer than recommended.
What is the best way to maintain the surfaces?
Regular spot cleaning to remove larger contaminants will help maintain your surfaces.
Have different questions?
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