FAQ's

What is Accelerated Hydrogen Peroxide?

AHP is a patented synergistic blend of commonly used, safe ingredients that when combined with low levels of hydrogen peroxide dramatically increase its germicidal potency and cleaning performance. AHP is composed of Hydrogen Peroxide, Surface Acting Agents (surfactants), wetting agents (a substance that reduces the surface tension of a liquid, causing the liquid to spread across or penetrate more easily the surface of a solid) & chelating agents (a substance that helps to reduce metal content and/or hardness of water). The ingredients are all listed on the EPA and Health Canada Inerts lists and the FDA Generally Regarded as Safe List (GRAS). All chemicals used in the formulation of AHP are commonly found in commercial and industrial cleaners and disinfectants.

What is the difference between AHP and the Hydrogen Peroxide that can be purchased at a Drug Store?

Hydrogen Peroxide purchased at a Drug Store is a 3% solution mixed with water. Scientists had worked for many years to find a way to properly mix other ingredients in this water and Hydrogen Peroxide solution and create a commercially viable and effective product.
AHP is a formulation of Hydrogen Peroxide, surfactants and other inert ingredients which results in less active ingredient but better cleaning and faster germicidal performance than Hydrogen Peroxide at 3% with water (At the In-Use dilution of AHP for environmental surfaces the active ingredient is only 0.5%).

If disinfectants are not generally recognized as good cleaners, how can AHP be considered a good cleaner?

As the accompanying chart illustrates, common disinfecting products including Chlorine (bleach), phenols, quaternary ammonium compounds and water remove between 12 and 16% of organic matter on a surface. When you clean using these materials, you actually are putting most of the dirt into a solution that is then re-distributed over a surface where it re-dries, creating a layer of organic material. AHP in addition to being an excellent disinfectant is also an excellent cleaner. Using the Canadian Standards Board Test CGSB 2.16-78 for Cleaning Efficiency, the In-Use Dilution of AHP (1:16) received a result of 86.5%. AHP starts to strip away the layers of dirt that have been deposited on the surface until you get back down to the base material.

Comparison Chart

Canadian Standards Board Test CGSB 2.16-87 Cleaning Efficacy Result Parameter: 70% cleaning efficiency is considered acceptable per Government testing standards.

What are the advantages of using AHP as a Cleaner & Disinfectant?

AHP is a unique formulation that has the perfect balance between Speed of Germicidal Efficacy, Cleaning Efficacy, Safety for Users and Occupants, and Environmental profile. It is easy to make a strong disinfectant to kill pathogens, however, it is difficult to create one that wonít eat the surfaces itís put on or harm the user that has to apply it or the environment that has to absorb it. This is the challenge for every chemical manufacturer. AHP has a Broad-Spectrum Sanitizing Claim in 30 seconds (5 Log reduction (99.999%) against Vegetative Bacteria), Bactericidal (6 Log reduction (99.9999%) against Vegetative Bacteria) and General Virucide (3 Log reduction (99.9%) Claims in 1-5 minutes against The Polio Sabin Strain Type 1 Virus). AHP provides exceptional Cleaning Properties even in the presence of dried organics and inorganics due to the oxidizing effect of Hydrogen Peroxide and the synergy of the ingredients in the formula. AHP has an excellent Safety & Environmental Profile for the user and the environment. It is non-irritating to eyes & skin, is free of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), there are no toxic ingredients in the formula and AHP does not leave any residual chemistry on the surface once dried.

My Facility recently switched to AHP. We are experiencing a musty odour after cleaning & the appearance of a film on the floor & counter surfaces. What is causing this?

Quaternary ammonia compound based products leave residual active ingredient chemistry on surfaces. After years of use there may be a significant amount of build up. Additionally, while cleaning if the solution is not changed frequently you will be re-distributing the dirt & organic matter back on to the surface. AHP because of its superior cleaning properties starts to strip away the layers of dirt & residual chemistry that have been left on the surface. With years of use they may be several layers to remove in order to get back down to the base material. The odour & film you are experiencing is caused by this new layer of organic material that is being exposed to air. It may take between 5 and 10 days of AHP use before the odour & film will disappear.

In reading your MSDS for the Accelerated Hydrogen Peroxide product, under 'Accidental Release Measures' the Leak and Spill Procedures specify that the product should be kept from entering sewers or waterways. However, it is my understanding that the product can be disposed of down the drain. Why is there this discrepancy?

Information found on a MSDS always errs on the side of caution as we cannot speculate on the size of a spill. Any quantity of 5 Gallon or less (of a ready to use product or a concentrate product diluted as per disposal guidelines) can be disposed of directly into a sewer system and does not require additional precautionary steps during disposal. Any quantity of concentrated products less than 5 kg should not generally be disposed directly into sanitary sewer system, unless the product is diluted first. Alternatively the product can be hauled to an off-site waste management facility (no site or waste registration is required). These exemptions should allow for any use of product at an institutional level such as disposal of a product after cleaning or small amount of unused-expired product or any small spill. In the case of say an accident where a full drum or a tractor trailer filled with concentrated AHP bottles was to spill its entire shipment then additional Leak and Spill Procedures would have to be implemented.

Many cleaning and/or disinfectant products on the market have pleasant smells such as citrus, lime etc. Why doesnít AHP or SHP have a scent?

A reason for creating a scent-free product is to avoid the masking of odours. In most cases, the smell of a cleaner and disinfectant has the effect of masking the odour of the chemical and ultimately the odour in the room or facility. Clean really has no smell. It is the absence of smell due to the absence of any odour causing materials. When you clean and disinfect with AHP there isnít a scent to mask the cleanliness. Your room or facility will eventually just smell clean.

Addition of scents which very often contain Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCís) to cleaning and disinfectants is also one of the leading causes of fragrance sensitivity and negative affects to indoor air quality. By creating a product that is scent free there are fewer negative reactions by end users, fewer complaints by occupants of the facility using AHP and therefore, from a Occupational Health & Safety standpoint a better product to use.

Hydrogen Peroxide is an oxidizing agent, meaning it will oxidize and destroy certain compounds. Typically, the scents used in most cleaners fall into this group. It would be difficult to find a scent that would stay stable in the solution.

What surfaces can AHP be used on?

AHP can be used on all surface types if label instructions are followed. Surfaces that are composed of brass or copper or other non-ferrous metals may show signs of discoloration or pitting with use.

The protocols for our facility require that we periodically test the solutions from the automated dispensing units to ensure that the correct dilution is occurring. Do you have a method to test your product to confirm the concentration of the active ingredient?

Yes. We have conducted internal audits on testing kits manufactured by CHEMetrics Inc (4295 Catlette Rd, Calverton VA 20138 USA, 1-800-356-3072) The test kit to be used for verification of the 7% AHP chemosterilant & High Level Disinfectant is the Rondo High Range Hydrogen Peroxide kit (product number 0025890A) provide a pass/fail reading that has been determined to be sensitive enough for this use as well as easy for the user to interpret. Similarly, CHEMetrics markets a VACUettesģ KIT for Hydrogen Peroxide part # K-5510C that is suitable for testing hydrogen peroxide at the 0.5% concentration found in the Surface Cleaner and Disinfectant product.

What is the preferred method of applying AHP?

The method of use will depend on the area being cleaned and disinfected. Larger surfaces such as operating room floors would require a larger sized bucket and a mop. Large hand contact surfaces such as table tops, large counter tops and work areas, large sinks etc. would require the pouring of the solution on to a clean cloth and wiping. Though not the preferred method, users may spray large surfaces using a spray bottle, let sit for the appropriate contact time and then wipe dry in case the solution has come in contact with non-compatible materials. Spraying can cause overspray on to areas you do not want the solution to be. Spraying also aerosolizes the solution. This is not in itself dangerous but can cause discomfort in sensitive individuals that are breathing in chemicals all day. Small hand contact surfaces such as light switches, IV poles, bed rails, stethoscopes, haemodialysis machines, small workstations etc. require a wipe application only. The preferred method is through the use of a small AHP pre-moistened wipe for convenience (quick and easy), safety (no aerosolizing), cleaning (easy access to tight areas) and excellent sanitizing performance. It always good practice to periodically complete a clean water rinse to remove any surfactant left on the surface.

Can AHP products be used for cleaning and disinfecting surfaces of blood and body fluids?

Yes, AHP products are effective for cleaning blood and body fluids. Excess blood and fluid must be removed with an absorbent material. The surface should then be cleaned using AHP by applying the solution and allowing a 30 second contact time to elapse. The surface should then be wiped dry. To disinfect the surface, AHP should be applied a second time, allowing the surface to remain wet for 5 minutes. Once the 5 minute contact time has passed the surface should be wiped dry or rinsed. All disinfectant products have a specific contact time by which their claims have been established. Failing to follow the Use Instructions and maintaining the proper contact time can mean that the surface in question has not been disinfected.

Is AHP effective against HIV?

Yes, AHP is effective against HIV. AHP has been proven in 3rd party research to be effective against Polio Virus Type 1, Sabin Strain (ATCC VR-192) which allows for a General Virucide claim against enveloped & non-enveloped viruses. Additionally, AHP has been tested against its ability to kill HIV.

Can AHP be used to disinfect against parasites such as scabies, lice and bed bugs?

Scabies is generally spread from close human contact such as hand shakes as well as from infected laundry. Frequent handwashing (good hand hygiene practices) is probably the best prevention of transmission.
Our chemistry has not been tested against parasites such as scabies. However, even if tested, we believe that it would take a large concentration of our active ingredient (Hydrogen Peroxide) to successfully kill and therefore is not recommended.