within the 48 Contiguous United States
A TANCS® equipped vapor steam cleaning system meets or exceeds the requirements necessary to kill or destroy a variety of pathogenic microbes as tested and certified by Nelson Laboratories, a nationally recognized testing Lab in Salt Lake City, Utah. The TANCS® component qualifies the LadyBug steam vapor systems as a disinfection device for the U.S. EPA. While chemical based disinfectants are tested on non-porous surfaces, the TANCS® system was tested on porous tiles more typical of surfaces encountered in normal cleaning situations.
With Thermo Accelerated Nano Crystal Sanitation (TANCS®), our proprietary technology uses the naturally occurring minerals in tap water to form crystals. As these crystals pass through the boiler they gain energy from the heat. Then, when the water transforms into super-heated low-moisture steam, these energized crystals are accelerated along with the steam. This process helps disrupt the cell membrane, allowing lethal temperatures to quickly destroy the germs. This activity is confined to the surface being treated or cleaned and is lethal for germs and yet safe for you! With the TANCS® option, the system qualifies as a disinfection device for the US EPA*, in addition to extending the life of the entire system.
For years, bleach (sodium hypochlorite) has been mistakenly associated with an absolutely clean and disinfected surface. Today, scientists are becoming more aware of the limitations of chemical disinfectants and sanitizers. Recent studies investigating biofilms (microbe colonies present on many pieces of food processing equipment, for example) reveal that 60 minutes of exposure to bleach leaves as many live cells as dead cells in the biofilm matrix. This leads to rapid recolonization of the surface.
Studies show that sufficient heat as is present in the TANCS® steam vapor system will travel through the biofilm and kill the cells that are unreachable by the surface application of a germicide. All without degrading the surface you’re cleaning or impairing the air you’re breathing while you’re doing it!
TANCS® also prevents scale buildup in the boiler due to changes imparted to the minerals in the above process. No scaling maintains the heating efficiency within the boiler and extends the life of the system.
* Verified in tests by Salt Lake City UT-based Nelson Laboratories, a Nationally Recognized Test Lab (NRTL), EPA, FDA Registered and third party certified to ISO 9001:2000 and ISO/IEC 17025