FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions.

What are enveloped and non-enveloped viruses?

Enveloped viruses are less resistant to disinfectants than non-enveloped viruses. Among the best known enveloped viruses are the pathogens of influenza, hepatitis B and HIV.

Non-enveloped viruses are often resistant to disinfectants. Among the best known non-enveloped viruses include norovirus, rotavirus, HPV and adenovirus.

What are alkylamines?

Alkyl amines are alkaline substances, which are used among other disinfectants because they work well against bacteria and especially against TBC.

What are aldehydes?

Aldehydes are chemical compounds that are also found as a metabolite in our cells. One of the most widely known aldehydes is formaldehyde. It is used among other things as an active ingredient in disinfectants because it works very well against non-enveloped viruses, unlike many other disinfecting substances.

What are influenza viruses?

Influenza viruses are enveloped viruses and cause the flu. Each disinfection product that acts against enveloped viruses, acts against the influenza virus. As the virus changes every year, the vaccine has to be adjusted annually.

What are noroviruses?

Noroviruses are non-enveloped viruses and cause severe diarrhea and vomiting cases. As already sufficiently low amounts of viral particles are enough to spread a disease, norovirus outbreaks often occur in community shelters such as schools, boarding schools, nursing homes or barracks. Only once initiated disinfection measures with special disinfectant products spread can be prevented. There is no vaccination against norovirus.

What does the abbreviation HPV mean?

The acronym HPV stands for Human papillomaviruses. These viruses are uncoated, can infect the cells of the mucous membranes and cause tumors. These are usually benign and cause warts. However, some HPV types cause cancer. It is therefore particularly important that work in areas where a lot of skin contact with surfaces takes place, for example, in the swimming pool, the disinfectant against it is being used. Against HPV, there is a vaccination.

What does the abbreviation NTA mean?

NTA is nitrilotriacetic. With NTA water is softened in washing and cleaning centers. Since it is classified as harmful at a certain amount used, we do not use NTA in our green efficiency products.

What are rotaviruses?

Rotaviruses are non-enveloped viruses and spread particularly among young children from severe diarrhea. It is therefore particularly important to pay attention in kindergarden that children wash their hands with soap after using the toilet and before eating. There is a vaccination against rotavirus.

What is EDTA?

EDTA is ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid. It is used in detergents and cleaning agents to soften water. EDTA is poorly biodegradable in sewage treatment plants. It can dissolve toxic heavy metal salts from the sludge is then fed perhaps even into our drinking water. Therefore, we have never used EDTA in our products.

What does the abbreviation MRSA mean?

MRSA stands for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and is resistant to certain antibiotics. Due to industrial factory farming and uncontrolled use of antibiotics, certain strains of bacteria have become resistant to antibiotics. MRSA is one of the most well-known germs because it causes hospital-acquired infections and is feared. Every year at least 25,000 people die in the EU from MRSA. Although MRSA is resistant to antibiotics, it is not resistant to disinfectants. Therefore, proper disinfection protects a hospital and prevents the spread of disease.

What is the RKI?

The abbreviation RKI stands for the Robert Koch Institute, the German Federal Institute for Infectious Diseases. It is a central institution of the German Federal Government in the area of disease control and prevention. In case of epidemics, the RKI has a list of disinfectants that are suitable to prevent an outbreak.

What are MNV?

MNV stands for murine norovirus that predominantly infects mice. People can become infected with murine norovirus. It is not possible to grow them in the laboratory. Therefore, MNV is used to verify the effectiveness of disinfectants.

What is the ÖGHMP?

ÖGHMP is short for Austrian Society for Hygiene, Microbiology and Preventive Medicine. The Disinfectants Commission of ÖGHMP makes reviews of disinfectants and provides expertise on the effectiveness of the latter. The disinfectants are shown in a list of ÖGHMP for users on the Internet.

What is TBC?

TBC stands for tuberculosis. It is a bacterial infectious disease caused by mycobacteria and most commonly affects the lungs. TBC is spread primarily via droplet infection (cough, sneeze), and leads ahead in the global statistics of fatal infectious diseases. According to a new report, every 70th citizen in the Ukraine suffers from TBC.  Mostly alcoholic disinfection products are used to control the spread of TBC.

What is the VAH?

VAH stands for Association for Applied Hygiene. The disinfectant Commission VAH rates reports on disinfectants and issues certificates on their effectiveness. The disinfectants are seen in a VAH led cataloge for users.

What does the acronym DGHM mean?

DGHM stands for German Society for Hygiene and Microbiology. The effectiveness of a disinfectant is assessed using a standard catalogue and standard methods according to DGHM.

What is the difference between limited virucidal and virucidal?

Disinfectants that are effective against enveloped viruses have a limited virucidal effect. Products that are effective against non-enveloped and enveloped viruses are virucidal.