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New spray technology can make businesses and schools Covid-safe

A Teesside entrepreneur who is behind the resurrection of an air show and a famous local name in pies has launched a new company that can help businesses and schools safely return to work amid the coronavirus crisis.

Steve Davies, who owns Middlesbrough-based Upex Pies and is part of the team behind the Tees Valley Air Show, has joined forces with electrical engineer Stephen Dandy to market an innovative treatment that kills 99.999% of viruses including Covid-19.

Chem-Clean UK uses a touchless disinfection machine that has a state-of-the-art fogging spray system to kill harmful bacteria, fungi, mold and viruses such as Covid.

Chem-Clean’s ground-breaking treatment is designed to enable businesses and healthcare operators to combat and prevent outbreaks of infections, such as H1N1, Norovirus, Coronavirus, Clostridium Difficile, MRSA, Mycobacterium Tuberculosis, Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE) and many others.

Several local firms have already undergone the treatment including Prysmian Group, Steel River Consultants, Magnum Packaging, Northern Safety Supplies and Cornerstone Business Solutions.

“I’m truly excited about the system’s potential,” said Steve. “Clearly it’s key purpose right now is in eradicating the Covid-19 virus, especially with so many businesses and schools set to reopen and staff returning to work.

“Businesses are needing the green light to get going again.

“If Chem-Clean UK can play its own small part in helping Teesside’s businesses and schools get back up and running and help kick-start the economy, then that would be something I couldn’t be more proud to be involved with.”

The machine uses a specially engineered nozzle to produce an ultra-fine mist of up to five-micron droplets of hydrogen peroxide, which penetrate and decontaminate hard-to-reach areas such as air vents and computer keyboard monitors.

The tiny droplets also avoid areas from becoming wet, making the treatment safe on or around electrical equipment including computers.

Steve’s business partner Stephen Dandy added: “Not only is the special formulation powerful in eradicating coronavirus, but its fine touchless misting system, means it reaches places that are beyond conventional cleaning that require a spray and wipe, which often cause cross-contamination due to the cleaner using the same cloth.”

Chem-Clean expect high demand for their services within such sectors as food preparation facilities, schools, care homes, offices, hotels, all modes of transport plus distribution warehouses such as Amazon.

They also report interest from hospitals, other healthcare facilities, shipping and football clubs.

“The system is also perfect for care homes, which have unfortunately been such a hot topic around the crisis in recent weeks,” adds Steve.

Launching with a team of four, Steve and Stephen have “invested significantly” in Chem-Clean UK and plan to invest further in more machines as the business expands.

“Covid-19 is naturally everyone’s focus right now, and we’ve already had much interest from local firms who are returning to the office,” said Steve.

“But one treatment from the system will kill 99.999% of all viruses, bacteria and mold, so there’s a wide range of uses that will stretch long beyond this pandemic, which we’ll hopefully put behind us in the months ahead.”

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