Originally Published 3/18/2020
Not only has it taken over our conversations and media feeds, Coronavirus has become a global pandemic. More than anything, the virus has made everyone focus on the importance of reducing the spread of germs. Airlines are no exception. They have been working diligently to disinfect aircraft surfaces often to keep guests safe and comfortable on their flights. Here at Celeste, we continue to produce aircraft-approved surface disinfectants, hand soaps, and hand sanitizers during this time of increased demand.
Celeste's Sani-Cide EX3 is a broad spectrum hard surface disinfectant/cleaner trusted throughout the aviation industry and registered with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). To date, Sani-Cide EX3 has been tested to be effective against Feline Calicivirus (a surrogate for Norovirus), Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Staphylococcus aureus, Salmonella enterica, Influenza A, and Influenza B. While Sani-Cide EX3 has not yet been specifically tested to kill the Coronavirus, it has been tested to be effective against similar enveloped viruses such as Influenza A and Influenza B, as well as more resistant non-enveloped viruses such as Norovirus. We are currently having Sani-Cide EX3 tested for label claims against Human Coronavirus and we will be submitting Sani-Cide EX3 for testing against SARS-CoV-2 when testing is available.
Sani-Cide EX3 has been included on EPA’s List N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2. List N includes products that meet EPA’s criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2, the novel Coronavirus that causes the disease COVID-19.
Sani-Cide EX3 has demonstrated effectiveness against viruses similar to SARS-CoV-2 on hard, non-porous surfaces. Therefore, Sani-Cide EX3 can be used against SARS-CoV-2 when used in accordance with the directions for use against Feline calicivirus, Strain F-9, ATCC VR-782 (Surrogate for Norovirus) on hard non-porous surfaces. Refer to the CDC website at www.cdc.gov for additional information.
Of course by now, we have all heard that washing your hands regularly is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of illness as recommended by US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), and World Health Organization (WHO). Celeste offers several hand washing products trusted in the aviation industry. Our Flight Luxe® Hand Soap, available in liquid or foaming formulas, is an above-the-counter soap system making replacing soap an easy task. Simply remove the old bottle and replace with a brand new one! What about antibacterial soaps? According to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and CDC, there is no evidence to show that consumer antibacterial soaps are any better at preventing illness than washing with plain soap and water.
If soap and water are not available, and hands are not visibly dirty, it is recommended to use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, if available, by applying the product to the palm of one hand and rubbing the product over all surfaces of your hands and fingers until dry. Our Sani Luxe® Hand Sanitizer, bottled in the same convenient system as our hand soap, is available in 3 formulas (availability may vary by country):
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The first instance of incompatibility between cleaning chemicals and thermoplastics making up aircraft interior components was in 2012. The most obvious problem was the staining occurring on window shades and table trays. The discoloration would turn lightly colored components a dark tea color, negatively impacting the aircraft appearance and airline brand image.
Cracking/crazing has occurred less frequently, but affects the functionality of components. After prolonged contact with incompatible cleaning chemicals the thermoplastic gets weaker and more brittle. This leads to cracking/crazing which causes the structural failure of tray table hinges, requiring the complete replacement of the tray tables to restore functionality.
Lavatory odors can quickly get out of hand if they are not properly treated. The only way to eliminate malodors completely is to attack them at the source. This means utilizing cleaning and maintenance products that are designed to solve malodor problems. It is essential to use aircraft approved lavatory chemicals, enzymatic cleaners, and disinfectants to avoid creating more problems.