When disinfecting surfaces to prevent the spread of a deadly virus, additional precautions need to be taken.
“If you spray a bunch of tables then use a rag to clean all of them, what you basically did was move germs from one place to another,” says Chris Gurreri, co-founder of Minneapolis-based Victory Innovations. The startup makes electrostatic sprayers that clean more thoroughly and efficiently. The sprayer gives your disinfectant solution a positive electric charge that causes the droplets to be attracted to neutrally charged surfaces like desks and walls, and to repel each other, leading to an even distribution over surfaces that prevents dripping. After a few minutes, the disinfectant kills the germs and the liquid evaporates. There’s no need to wipe the surfaces down manually–just spray and go. A single person using one of the sprayers could sanitize an average-size 100-person office in about 10 minutes, according to Gurreri.
Victory sold about 500 units per month before the crisis began, but sales have surged to nearly 50,000 per month–with some products on backorder until August, according to the company. Delta Airlines is using the company’s sprayers to disinfect its planes, and pro sports teams like the NFL’s New York Jets and Atlanta Falcons are using them in their facilities. Other clients include schools, retailers, beauty parlors, manufacturers, gym chains, and branches of the U.S. military. Marriott recently announced it would be using electrostatic sprayers to sanitize rooms in all of its worldwide locations
“All the industry groups, as they go through their plan for reopening, are figuring out that electrostatic sprayers have got to be part of the solution,” says Gurreri.