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Frequently Asked Questions
Cleaning removes germs from surfaces but does not necessarily kill them. Disinfecting lowers the risk of spreading infection by KILLING viruses and bacteria on surfaces with active chemical ingredients approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Surfaces must be cleaned prior for proper disinfection to take place.
At GTA Sanitation Solutions our disinfecting solutions KILL 99.999% of viruses and bacteria through our touchless application method. All our products are approved by Health Canada and the EPA for use against SARS-COV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.
Yes! Vital Oxide is approved by Health Canada and the EPA for use against SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. You can find Vital Oxide on Health Canada’s website by entering the DIN# 02422654.
For more safety information please download Vital Oxide’s technical Data Brochure.
Vital Oxide contains Chlorine Dioxide. Don’t worry, it’s NOT the chlorine you put in your pool, that’s chlorine bleach. While chlorine dioxide has chlorine in its name, its chemistry is very different from the corrosive chemistry of chlorine bleach. The primary differences are that chlorine dioxide is less caustics, safer and gentler than bleach and many other antiseptics and antimicrobials, plus it remains effective under organic load.
Vital Oxide uses stabilized chlorine dioxide to penetrate cell walls to kill bacteria, viruses, and mold; thereby eliminating hazards. It breaks down into a simple salt, producing no harmful by-products. This allows Vital Oxide to be non-corrosive, safe to use and gentle enough to handle without causing skin irritation.
Chlorine Dioxide was used in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, commonly used to purify and treat municipal drinking water systems, and most recently used to kill MRSA in schools, daycares and hospitals.
Pre-cleaning is a required step for disinfection and mold and mildew removal. Gross filth and heavy soil must be removed by cleaning to allow Vital Oxide to make contact with the surface. You may pre-clean with Vital Oxide or a product of your choice using traditional methods. Be sure not to pre-clean with acidic products like vinegar as they may cause a bad reaction with Vital Oxide. The following are methods for pre-cleaning with Vital Oxide:
Spray product straight onto soils, scrub, and wipe clean with a dry paper towel or cloth. For cleaning floors, add one cup product per gallon of water in bucket and clean with a sponge, mop, or pad. For spot cleaning non-porous surfaces, spray and wipe clean with a damp sponge, mop, or cloth.
Cleaning & Disinfecting Procedures
Vital Oxide removes dirt, grime, fungus, mold, food residue, blood and other organic matter commonly found in hospitals and in health care facilities. It also eliminates odors leaving restroom surfaces smelling clean and fresh. Use where odor is a problem. Vital Oxide may be used to pre-clean or decontaminate critical or semi-critical medical devices prior to sterilization of high-level disinfection. Blood and other body fluids must be thoroughly cleaned from surfaces and objects prior application of this product.
To disinfect pre-cleaned, hard, non-porous surfaces, apply Vital Oxide full-strength (undiluted), wetting thoroughly with spray, sponge, mop, or by immersion in solution. Allow surfaces to remain wet for 5 or 10 minutes for virus inactivation (refer to the viruses table for contact times). Allow surfaces to remain wet for 10 minutes for bacterial disinfection. For immersion, replace solution daily, or more frequently if it becomes significantly soiled or diluted.
Tuberculocidal: For Mycobacterium Bovis-BCG disinfection, the surface must remain wet with product for 10 minutes.
Yes. Vital Oxide is safe to use as a disinfectant in your home. Some of the best places to use Vital Oxide at home are in musty basements, in bathrooms where mildew has accumulated (or on surfaces to protect against mold and mildew), and in the kitchen to keep food surfaces clean. Vital Oxide has also been tested on carpets and can be used around the house to sanitize carpets.
When to use full strength
Vital Oxide comes Ready to Use (RTU) as a full-strength EPA hospital disinfectant for non-porous surfaces. Full strength is recommended for first-time use on surfaces. Full strength should also be used in environments with high rates of bacteria, mold, and mildew and in high traffic areas and touch points.
If you are applying Vital Oxide for the first time on a surface to remove mold, mildew, bacteria, viruses, or odors, pre-clean the surface implementing traditional cleaning methods (e.g. using water and soap). Be sure not to use an acidic cleaner like vinegar because this may cause a bad reaction with Vital Oxide. You can also use Vital Oxide as a cleaner. Just spray onto the surface and wipe with a paper towel or rag.
9:1 Food Contact & Daily Surface Sanitizer
Vital Oxide is a no-rinse non-porous, food-contact surface daily sanitizer.
The 9:1 dilution is intended for everyday sanitization of high traffic areas like residential and commercial kitchens, bathrooms, and items within those areas like doorknobs, handrails, cutting boards and other food-contact surfaces, counter tops, etc.
Dilute Vital Oxide 9-parts water to 1-part Vital Oxide and spray onto surfaces from a distance of 6-8 inches.
For further instructions, refer to How to sanitize food-contact and non-food-contact surfaces with Vital Oxide and How to disinfect non-porous surfaces
5:1 Carpet Sanitizer
The 5:1 dilution is intended for carpet sanitization and to pre-treat carpet for stain and odor removal. This application is essential for households with children and pets to prevent the spread of illnesses and cross contamination of surfaces.
Carpet should be clean or free of excessive soil before applying. Dilute Vital Oxide 5-parts water to 1-part Vital Oxide and spray onto surfaces from a distance of 6-8 inches. Work the product down to the pad of the carpet with a rake or a brush and allow enough ventilation to air dry. Fans may be used to dry the carpet faster. Repeat process as needed.
Try on an inconspicuous area before full application to test for color fastness.
Always follow the instructions on the label for disinfecting pre-cleaned, hard, non-porous surfaces such as glass, plastic, painted wood, laminate, chrome, stainless steel, polyurethane coated hardwood floors, glazed ceramic tile, sealed concrete, and linoleum floors, exterior of appliances, bed frames, cabinet handles, wheelchairs, child car seats, counters, cribs, doorknobs, tables, tubs, exterior toilet surfaces, faucet handles, handrails, jungle gyms, keyboards, light switch covers, patio furniture, showers, sinks, stovetops, telephones, toys, walls, and waste containers.
Vital Oxide must come in contact with the contaminant to effectively disinfectant the surface. Remove any surface barrier between Vital Oxide and the contaminant such as dirt, grime, or organic matter by cleaning before the disinfection application. Vital Oxide may be used for this pre-cleaning step.
To disinfect pre-cleaned, hard, non-porous surfaces, apply Vital Oxide full-strength (undiluted), wetting thoroughly with spray, sponge, mop, or by immersion in solution. Allow surfaces to remain wet for 5 minutes or 10 minutes for virus inactivation (refer to the viruses table for contact times). Allow surfaces to remain wet for 10 minutes for bacterial disinfection. For immersion, replace solution daily, or more frequently if it becomes significantly soiled or diluted.
Tuberculocidal: For Mycobacterium Bovis-BCG disinfection, the surface must remain wet with product for 10 minutes.
Food contact sanitizer – At a minimum, reduces the level of Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli by 99.999% on a food contact surface within one minute.
A potable water rinse is not allowed after sanitation of a food contact surface.
A non-food contact sanitizer – At a minimum, reduces the level of Staphylococcus aureus and Klebsiella pneumoniae or Enterobacter aerogenes by 99.9% on non-food contact surfaces within 5 minutes.
To Sanitize Food-Contact Surfaces
Staphylococcus aureus (ATCC 6538) and Escherichia coli (ATCC 11229) 99.999% sanitization of food-contact surfaces
Mix 1-part Vital Oxide to 9-parts water. For all food contact surfaces, including glassware, utensils, cookware, and dishware, scrape and pre-wash, then wash with a good detergent. Rinse with potable water, then sanitize by immersion in product for 1 minute (or longer if specified by government sanitary code). Place on a rack or drain board to air dry. Do not rinse or wipe.
For food-contact immobile surfaces (food processing equipment, counter tops, tables, appliances), remove all gross food particles and soil by cleaning and rinse with potable water. Apply Vital Oxide by wetting thoroughly and let stand for 1 minute (or longer if specified by government sanitary code). Let surfaces drain and air dry. Do not rinse or wipe.
To Sanitize Non-Food-Contact & Non-porous Surfaces
Staphylococcus aureus (ATCC 6538) and Enterobacter aerogenes (ATCC 13048) 99.9% sanitization of non-food-contact and non-porous surfaces
Mix 1-part Vital Oxide with 9-parts water. Apply Vital Oxide as a one-step cleaner sanitizer (5% organic soil load) by wetting thoroughly and let stand 5 minutes. Wipe and allow to air dry. No rinse required.
The quickest way to disinfect a gym, office space, or daycare is by using a fogger or sprayer that can create a fine mist to treat touchable areas, objects, walls, floors, and ceilings in a matter of just a few minutes. Atomizer foggers can drastically cut down the time to disinfect large areas. Vital Oxide is one of the few disinfectants that can be dispersed in this manner because it is non-corrosive to treated surfaces and requires no rinsing or wipe downs.
1 Gallon of Vital Oxide: Coverage is 1,000 square feet if sprayed and 8,000 square feet if applied by an electrostatic sprayer or fogging device.
Coverage area may vary because of surface type and application methods.
As part of the Environmental Protection Agency registration process, disinfectant products are put through rigorous testing to prove their efficacy and measure toxicity. The EPA registers three types of disinfectants: Limited, General, and Hospital. All three disinfectants destroy or irreversibly inactivate certain microorganisms on hard, inanimate surfaces, and objects.
You can determine a “limited,” “general,” or “hospital” disinfectant by the microorganisms listed on the label.
Limited – must be supported by efficacy testing against either Salmonella cholerasuis or Staphylococcus aureus. Limited disinfectants are found mostly in household use.
General – must be supported by efficacy testing against both Salmonella cholerasuis and Staphylococcus aureus. General disinfectants are used in commercial areas.
Hospital – must be supported by AOAC Use Dilution or AOAC Germicidal Spray efficacy testing against Staphylococcus aureus, Salmonella cholerasuis and
Pseudomonas aeruginosa. The bacteria Pseudomonas aeruginosa hides behind biofilm and is difficult to eliminate. Killing this bacteria is required for “Hospital Disinfectant”.
Also as part of this evaluation process, products are assigned to a toxicity category: The categories range from category 1 (highly toxic) to category 4 (no exposure warnings required on the label). Vital Oxide received an EPA category 4 rating for all exposure routes with the exception of mild eye irritation.
Vital Oxide cleans, disinfects and deodorizes hard, nonporous hospital and medical surfaces in one step with no rinsing required. Vital Oxide is a germicidal disinfectant cleaner and deodorant designed for general cleaning and disinfecting of hard, nonporous inanimate surfaces when use-directions for disinfection are followed.
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR CLEANING AND DECONTAMINATIONS AGAINST HIV-1, HBV, and HCV ON SURFACES/OBJECTS SOILED WITH BLOOD/BODY FLUIDS: PRODUCT KILLS HIV-1, HBV, AND HCV ON PRE-CLEANED ENVIRONMENTAL SURFACES/OBJECTS PREVIOUSLY SOILED WITH BLOOD/BODY FLUIDS IN HEALTH CARE SETTINGS OR OTHER SETTINGS IN WHICH THERE IS EXPECTED LIKELIHOOD OF SOILING OF INANIMATE SURFACES/OBJECTS WITH BLOOD OR BODY FLUIDS AND SURFACES/OBJECTS LIKELY TO BE SOILED WITH BLOOD OR BODY FLUIDS THAT CAN BE ASSOCIATED WITH THE POTENTIAL FOR TRANSMISSION OF HUMAN IMMUNODEFICIENCY VIRUS TYPE 1 (HIV-1) (ASSOCIATED WITH AIDS), AND HUMAN HEPATITIS A, B AND C VIRUS. WHEN HANDLING ITEMS SOILED WITH BLOOD OR BODY FLUIDS, USE DISPOSABLE LATEX GLOVES, GOWNS, MASKS, AND EYE COVERINGS.
THIS PRODUCT IS NOT TO BE USED AS A TERMINAL STERILANT/HIGH LEVEL DISINFECTANT ON ANY SURFACE OF INSTRUMENT THAT (1) IS INTRODUCED DIRECTLY INTO THE HUMAN BODY, EITHER INTO OR IN CONTACT WITH THE BLOODSTREAM OR NORMALLY STERILE AREAS OF THE BODY, OR (2) CONTACT INTACT MUCOUS MEMBRANES BUT WHICH DOES NOT ORDINARILY PENETRATE THE BLOOD BARRIER OR OTHERWISE ENTER NORMALLY STERILE AREAS OF THE BODY.
Effective on harsh odors such as tobacco, fire smoke, musty odors, cooking odors, sports equipment, and pet urine, Vital Oxide cuts to the source of the odors on a molecular level.
Vital Oxide works by oxidation, not by masking of odors. Product must come into contact with the cause of the odor to be effective. Simply spray, fog, or wipe on full strength and let air dry to provide long lasting residual deodorizing action. When fogging to deodorize, apply 1 quart per 2,000 cubic ft. following fogger manufacturer’s directions for use.
For pet urine stains in carpet, blot urine as dry as possible then saturate stain with product through carpet pad.
To sanitize soft surfaces by spot treatment
To sanitize soft surfaces such as fabric and upholstery, hold bottle upright 6-8 inches from surface. Spray until fabric is wet. DO NOT SATURATE. Work into fabric and let stand for 5 minutes. Allow to air dry. For difficult odors or heavy fabrics, repeat application.
**Always read the label and conduct a test patch on treated area/surface prior to full application**
To Sanitize Carpet
Vital Oxide is used to sanitize and eliminate stains, odor, urine, and feces from carpet.
For synthetic carpet fibers such as nylon, olefin, or polypropylene, test for color fastness in an inconspicuous area. Not intended for use on wool carpets. Carpet must be cleaned and free of excessive dirt and soil prior to application to allow product to come into contact with the contaminate.
Mix 1-part Vital Oxide to 5-parts water or use full strength. Apply at a rate of 2.5 oz per sq. ft. Dampen but do not saturate. Work the product down to the pad of the carpet with a rake or a brush. Allow to dwell for 60 minutes. Do not rinse. You may use an extraction wand and dry stroke carpet to remove excess moisture. Allow enough ventilation to air dry or use fans to dry carpet faster. Repeat process as needed.
* To sanitize carpet using a device, see manufacturer’s instructions for use.
To Sanitize Carpet by Spot Treatment
Hold bottle upright 6-8 inches from surface. Spray a light even coating on soiled area until wet. DO NOT SATURATE. Allow to remain wet for 60 minutes. Gently blot area with a clean, damp, color-safe cloth. Repeat as needed for stubborn stains. Let air dry.
Visible soil must be removed prior to sanitizing.
To Deep Clean Carpet
Spray a light even coating over soiled area until wet. Allow to remain wet for 60 minutes. Deep clean following your machine’s guide.
The easiest way to answer this question is simply, “not all disinfectants are created equal”. When evaluating and comparing disinfectant products, take a close look at their core ingredients. Vital Oxide uses a unique chemical compound called chlorine dioxide. While other competitors and manufacturers have attempted to copy and produce a form of stabilized chlorine dioxide similar to Vital Oxide, our revolutionary formula is simply unequaled. Chlorine dioxide has been used during Anthrax attacks, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, to purify drinking water, and most recently to kill MRSA in schools and hospitals. Also consider carefully what kind of chemicals you want around your children, employees, patients, students, and close family members. Most disinfectants and mold removers on the market are extremely toxic, but Vital Oxide gives you peace of mind that you are using an effective product that does not come with alarming safety warnings and precautions.
The United Stated Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is currently reviewing the way third parties will be able to carry “green”; claims on all disinfectant labels. EPA policy at this point does not allow “green”; claims to be placed directly on any disinfectant product’s label. While Vital Oxide is mild on skin, hard surfaces, and fabric, and will certainly qualify for “green status” when the designation is allowed, we cannot advertise this claim until it is permitted by the EPA. Vital Oxide is also a powerful disinfectant able to kill some of the toughest and most resistant forms of bacteria and mold. The chemical composition of Vital Oxide is such that it has a minimal impact on the environment and contains no ozone harming volatile compounds (VOC).
Storing & Expiry Date
Store in original closed container in a cool, dry place away from heat and open flame. Do not allow product to become overheated in storage. Avoid prolonged storage temperature above 40°C or 90°F. This may cause increased degradation of the product, which will decrease product effectiveness.
Vital Oxide shelf-life if storage instructions are followed: 2 years (24 months) unopened & 1 year (12 months) opened. Always check the bottle for the expiry date.
Refill only with this product. Do not reuse or refill this container unless the directions for use allow a different (concentrated) product to be diluted in the container.
Rinse and offer empty container for recycling. If recycling is not available, discard container in trash. Wastes resulting from the use of this product may be disposed of on site or at an approved waste disposal facility. Discard excess or used product solution in drain with running water.
In some cases, Vital Oxide can discolor certain fabrics including cotton clothing. It is recommended to always test for color fastness in a small inconspicuous spot before treating the entire article. In one instance we had a report of a child’s clothing being discolored after sitting in a school bus seat that was sprayed with Vital Oxide. In this case the seats were not allowed to completely dry before being occupied. In the process of multiple applications in a short time period a buildup of Vital Oxide can also contribute to discoloration especially if the seats were previously treated with bleach. This is easily addressed by a spray and wipe step to remove built up product.
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