Si-Quat by Affix Labs, headquartered in Finland, is a versatile anti-viral surface treatment that has been scientifically proven to last for months on any surface, or textile, while effectively killing the Covid-19 pathogen upon contact.

“Tragedies have unfolded across the globe, affecting different countries at varying degrees,” says Tom Sam, CEO of Affix Labs. “By killing the Covid-19 pathogen on surfaces before it can infect people, the Si-Quat solution is a game-changer. It can provide increased security and peace of mind to your communities, as well as your customers.”

Si-Quat has been tested to kill 99,99% of microbes within minutes. The product is non-corrosive, free from silver salts and heavy metal nanoparticles, and perfectly safe to touch.

It was invented in January 2020 by the Affix Labs’ Repeltec development team to specifically help combat the Covid-19 outbreak. The product is based on the disinfectant quaternary ammonium, which is chemically bound to align silane quaternary ammonium molecules (silane quats) in a highly effective manner. Positively charged nitrogen particles then actively attract viruses and bacteria, penetrating the membranes and killing them within minutes.

Several major agencies around the globe have already accepted quaternary ammonium to be an effective surface treatment against the novel coronavirus, including the World Health Organization (WHO), the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the American Chemistry Council (ACC) and the European Chemical Agency (ECHA).

Rigorous testing has shown Si-Quat to adhere to almost any surface, performing as the most durable surface treatment commercially available. Due to its incredibly strong layer, the solution only wears down on surfaces after thousands of touches or multiple cleaning cycles.

This means that on heavily used surfaces, such as door handles and counters, Si-Quat will be effective for about a month. On rarely touched surfaces like walls, it has the potential to protect for years. Since the product is very easy to apply, technicians require minimal training and only basic protection. They simply have to brush or spray Si-Quat onto the surface and allow it to dry for six hours.

“Other sanitising solutions require reapplication to every surface several times daily, interrupting business operations. This results in additional costs and disruptions at a time when many companies are already struggling,” Sam explains. “By combining proven efficacy, safety and long durability, Si-Quat is emerging as an important weapon in the battle against the spread of Covid-19.”

Affix Labs has begun to roll out in South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique together with Repeltec Southern Africa.

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