Frequently Asked Questions

What microorganisms does the PermaSafe System eliminate and protect against?

The PermaSafe System destroys/eliminates and protects against up to 99.999% of harmful microorganisms, including the following bacteria, viruses, fungi and other:

  • Acinetobacter baumannii
  • Aspergillus Niger
  • Enterobacter aerogenes
  • Escherichia Coli (“E. coli”)
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis C
  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (“HIV”)
  • Klebsiella pneumoniae
  • Legionella Pneumophila (“Legionnaires’ Disease”)
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (“MRSA”)
  • Murine Norovirus
  • Norovirus
  • Pseudomonas Aeruginosa
  • Respiratory Syncytial virus (“HRSV”)
  • Rotavirus, Strain WA
  • Salmonella choleraesuis (“Salmonella”)
  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Swine Influenza (“Swine Flu”)

How does the PermaSafe System’s antimicrobial technology work?

A PermaSafe System installation starts with the application of our proprietary, EPA approved “Cleaner, Deodorizer, Disinfectant and Anti-Allergen” that eliminates up to 99.999% of germs, bacteria, viruses, fungi, mold, mildew and other harmful microbes, as well as allergens and odors.

Once clean, disinfected and deodorized, the vehicles spaces and surfaces are then blanketed with PermaSafe SHIELD,™ our patented Permanent Antimicrobial Surface Protectant.

Upon application, the antimicrobial agent in PermaSafe SHIELD™ chemically reacts with, and molecularly bonds to, the surface to which it is applied. As it dries, millions of microscopic antimicrobial “spike-like” appliances form and extend outward from the surface. These “spikes” are actually long chains of positively charged atoms.

Because the cell walls of harmful microbes are negatively charged, they are drawn toward and pulled onto the positively charged antimicrobial spikes by electrostatic attraction. Destruction is instantaneous and complete as the antimicrobial spikes both rupture the microbes’ cell walls and “vaporizes” them by delivering a powerful electrostatic charge. Since PermaSafe SHIELD™ is not transferred to the now dead cell, it doesn’t lose strength and the spikes are ready to dispatch the next microbe to come in contact with them.

How safe are the PermaSafe System products?

Nothing is more important to us than your safety. It’s the driving force behind our company and products. Our PermaSafe System products are EPA Approved; Skin Contact Safe; Kid, Pet and Adult Safe; Non-Toxic, Non-Flammable, Non-Hazardous; Environmentally Neutral and Eco-Friendly. They are also used to keep hospital operating rooms, and even surgical instruments, germ-free.

How long does PermaSafe last?

Upon application, PermaSafe SHIELD’s antimicrobial agent forms a “covalent bond” with the surface to which it is applied. In this regard, SHIELD™ is not really a “coating,” like paint, as its application actually results in the formation of a totally new surface, technically known as a co-polymer, which becomes an integral and permanent part of the original surface.

Because SHIELD™ does not dissipate over time, won’t wash off, doesn’t leach or move, and is not consumed by microbes, properly installed and maintained, it can last as long as the vehicle is in service.

Is PermaSafe effective on all of the many different materials and surfaces in my vehicle’s passenger cabin?

Yes. PermaSafe SHIELD™ bonds to and is effective on, virtually any surface, whether it’s porous, nonporous, hard, soft, solid or fabric/upholstery. This is an important benefit of PermaSafe as standard disinfectants are, by federal law, only approved for use on hard, non-porous surfaces.

Do surfaces that have been treated with PermaSafe products need to be cleaned?

The PermaSafe System is not a replacement for routine cleaning. It fact, routinecleaning is recommended to keep it effective, as the antimicrobial surface is very thin and too much dirt or other contaminant build-up can cover the spike like appliances and render them less effective until they are cleaned.

Will regular cleaning of a PermaSafe treated surface reduce its effectiveness?

No. Normal cleaning will not harm or remove the top coat of PermaSafe SHIELD.™ It is, however, important to note that sanding, or scrubbing PermaSafe SHIELD™ treated surfaces with abrasive cleaners, will partially remove it, requiring spot reapplication to regain effectiveness.

What is the key difference between the PermaSafe System and other antimicrobials in the marketplace?

The differences between the PermaSafe System and ALL other antimicrobial treatments are many. However the key difference is probably the perpetual antimicrobial control our system provides as a result of PermaSafe SHIELD, the final product applied during a PermaSafe System installation.

Conventional disinfectants and antimicrobials kill microorganisms by poisoning them with chemicals. Due to their toxicity, they are designed to act quickly and dissipate quickly to avoid adverse effects to humans and animals. Unfortunately, as soon as such disinfectants evaporate, so does their antimicrobial capabilities, enabling germs to return almost immediately.

Like conventional antimicrobials, the PermaSafe System includes an effective, immediate initial microbial kill. However, this is where the similarities end, as unlike the others, PermaSafe SHIELD™ eliminates and controls microbes perpetually. And even more uniquely, it does so through a purely physical process, without the use of any harmful chemicals, though it’s unique, patented surface modifying technology.