UV-C light is a highly effective, efficient, and affordable method of reducing the spread of pathogens on surfaces that receive a significant amount of contact. At ClearwinUS, we are dedicated to making this technology easily accessible across the United States. Our Handrail Sanitizer and CLEARSCAN UV-C Light Pen are convenient options for both businesses and individuals.
At ClearwinUS, we offer two UV sanitizer options: the Escalator Handrail Sanitizer and the CLEARSCAN UV-C Light Sanitizing Pen.
Clearwin UV-C Handrail Sanitizer
Click Here For More InformationEscalator handrails are a common touchpoint, making them a significant contributor to the spread of pathogenic bacteria. Our UV-C Handrail Sanitizer is a lightweight solution that continually exposes the handrail to UV-C light. This technology is proven to be 99.9% effective in reducing E. coli and Staphylococcus aureus bacteria.
This escalator handrail sanitizer is simple to install, with very low maintenance costs. It continuously sanitizes the handrails without the use of power or electricity. Additionally, it is available in three designs, enabling it to fit a variety of escalator heights and designs.
The Clearwin UV-C Handrail Sanitizer is ideal for use in most areas with heavy foot traffic, including:
Malls and shopping centers
Clearscan UV-C Sanitizing Pen
Click Here For More InformationThe CLEARSCAN UV-C Light Pen is a convenient, portable sanitizer option designed to inactivate bacteria on any surface. It is easy to use: Simply move the light slowly over the desired surface. Research has shown that this sanitizer is 99.9% effective in reducing E. coli and Staphylococcus aureus bacteria after exposing test surfaces to the light for 10 seconds.
The CLEARSCAN UV-C Pen weighs just 1.1 ounces, making it a highly compact and portable UV light solution. This device features a timer function, sensor, and double lock mechanism to ensure optimal user safety. This product is also rechargeable, offering up to 200 uses after only 40 minutes of charging, and it can include custom printed logos if desired.
Both personal and public surfaces can benefit from the CLEARSCAN UV-C Light Pen. Personal applications include:
Public applications include:
Handrails on public transportation
Shopping cart handles
UV-C Sanitizing Technology
There are three types of ultraviolet rays: UV-A, UV-B, and UV-C, each of which has its own distinct wavelength. UV-C is the most effective option for eliminating viruses and germs, with a 99.9% sanitizing effect on an array of microorganisms. It is also environmentally friendly. Since the early 1930s, people have been taking advantage of the sanitizing properties of UV-C in both household and industrial settings.
History of UV-C Light Usage
The first mention of using UV light for sanitation purposes came in 1878 when Thomas P. Blunt and Arthur Downes proposed the idea of using it to reduce pathogen transmission. Several decades later, in 1936, Duke University Hospital doctor Deryl Hall experimented by using UV-C light to disinfect an operating room. Post-operative infection rates dropped by approximately 11%.
This technology spread as researchers continued discovering its benefits. People began using UV light to disinfect air and water. The use of this technology has continued into the present day in a range of different applications. Hospitals utilize UV-C light-emitting robots to disinfect areas such as operating rooms and patient rooms. Many companies are also using this technology to sanitize public transportation, such as planes, buses, and trains, between each use.
Benefits of Using UV-C Light for Sanitization
UV-C light has several advantages that set it apart from other sanitizing options. It is non-toxic and environmentally friendly, as it does not involve the use of chemicals. Rather, it is a physical process that works directly on the DNA systems of various microorganisms*. This means that it is possible to repeatedly use UV-C sanitizers without the risk of bacteria becoming immune.
Additionally, UV-C sanitization is very low maintenance and affordable. Unlike many other sanitizer options, UV light technology is a one-time purchase that continues to function effectively for long periods without the need for continual maintenance or re-purchasing.
How does UV-C Light Work?
Rather than killing pathogens such as viruses and bacteria, UV-C light functions by deactivating their DNA. UV-C light forms covalent bonds between adjacent bases within the DNA. This causes damage to the nucleic acid, preventing the DNA from unzipping. Microorganisms are then unable to multiply and will die as soon as they try to replicate.
Frequently Asked Questions
UV light has a long history of sanitization use, but it is still common for people to have questions about UV products. Here are a few of the most frequently asked questions:
What is the difference between UV-A, UV-B, and UV-C?
All three forms of UV light are naturally occurring, but they differ in wavelength. UV-A has the longest wavelength and is therefore able to easily enter the earth’s atmosphere. UV-B has the second-longest wavelength and is most commonly known for causing sunburn. UV-C has the shortest wavelength and is only available on earth from inorganic sources.
Any UV light that has short wavelengths of less than 290 nanometers has germicidal properties. The wavelengths of UV-A and UV-B light are longer than UV-C, meaning that they do not exhibit the same ability to prevent the spread of bacteria. The earth’s atmosphere naturally absorbs shorter wavelengths, which necessitates the use of manmade UV light for most sanitizing applications.
Much like UV-A and UV-B light, UV-C light can damage skin, eyes, and surfaces during prolonged exposure. As such, it is important to design UV-C sanitization systems so that they emit the appropriate amount of UV light to prevent the spread of pathogens without causing damage to humans or surfaces. Unlike light from the sun, UV-C light systems are artificially made, enabling engineers to mitigate risk and ensure safe usage.
It is important to note that although it can inactivate viruses and prevent pathogens from multiplying, UV light cannot “kill” any disease. Unfortunately, data is currently limited on the impact that UV light has on COVID-19. Research shows that UV-C light is effective on the outer protein coating of a similar virus, SARS-Coronavirus. However, it is still unknown what dose and duration of UV-C radiation exposure would be required to inactivate the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) virus.
UV light is an effective, convenient, and environmentally friendly method of sanitizing surfaces to prevent the spread of pathogens. At ClearwinUS, we are dedicated to improving hygiene in public spaces and empowering the public to sanitize the surfaces they commonly come into contact with. To learn more about the Clearwin Handrail Sanitizer or CLEARSCAN UV-C Pen, contact us today.