Las Vegas, NV – Cleveland, Ohio based company MicroShield 360 has brought an antimicrobial coating treatment to Las Vegas which will prevent a broad spectrum of germs, bacteria, viruses, mold and odors from living on any treated surface for an entire year with one single coating.
As the coating system is EPA registered and FDA approved for food contact surfaces, the potential markets this will affect are vast. Medical, schooling, commercial kitchens and hotels/casinos are the first to come to mind here in Vegas. In a broader setting they’re working into agriculture, marijuana and public modes of transportation to name a few.
Independent research has shown the technology to be 95% more effective at reducing surface contamination relative to non-treated surfaces even after 50 washings. MicroShield 360 General Manager Steve Kubec states “The original business plan was to franchise the company across the U.S. Being such, we wanted to test a city with a different climate, economics and social standards when compared to Northeast Ohio where our corporate office is located. Las Vegas brought these attributes to the table. This was important for us in seeing how the service sold and how effective our marketing strategy could be. We were testing to see if we could scale the model.”
UFC was one of the first commercial properties to have MicroShield 360 applied to its facilities. here in Las Vegas.
MicroShield 360 performed a series of tests to secure the relationship. Results of which can be found on their website. “I think both parties were excited with the results. It was clear from our first meeting that UFC takes environmental safety very seriously given the nature of their business” states Kubec. “Being such, their facilities were noticeably cleaner than what we traditionally see in the field. Even so we were able to drastically reduce their contamination levels which is important as it works WHILE people are in the facility” says Kubec.
Kubec also says “Although MicroShield 360 has applied the product to many other commercial facilities in Las Vegas, the residential market is on the rise. More and more households in Las Vegas and Henderson are adding the antimicrobial coating to their homes to protect themselves from the dangers of mold, bacteria, air born germs and subsequent illnesses.”
The Southern Nevada Health District reported a child in the 0-4 age group and two adults in the 50-64 age group, have died from influenza in the 2018-2019 flu season.
“These flu-related deaths are tragic reminders that influenza is a serious illness,” said Dr. Joe Iser, Chief Health Officer of the Southern Nevada Health District. “Young children, older adults, and people with certain health conditions may be more at risk for complication.
Historically, cleaning has been “reactionary,” said Steve Kubec. “We clean something because we know it’s dirty,” he explained. “We saw someone sneeze on it. We saw a kid touch it or put it in their mouth; therefore, we have to go back and disinfect the surface.” MicroShield 360’s antimicrobial coating, by contrast, is “completely foreign in the sense that it is 100% preventive,” he said. Applied to surfaces, the coating is effective for a full year.
Essentially, the MicroShield 360 coating makes a surface “uninhabitable” to a broad spectrum of bacteria, viruses and molds, Steve Kubec said. The coating doesn’t use anything to poison the pathogens; instead, it pierces the cell wall and neutralizes them. Importantly, the way the coating punctures the cells (called a mechanical kill) doesn’t allow those pathogens to develop a resistance to it, which has been an area of concern within the medical community.
MicroShield 360 is constantly entering new markets and digging deeper into specific research around the product. They’ve recently launched a program allowing other service-based businesses to offer their system as a bolt-on service. Additionally, larger facilities can be trained by the company to deploy it within their location thereby reducing labor costs, chemical costs an improving the overall quality of the facility.