CleanSlate UV-C light for sanitization

UV-C: Leveraging the power of light against superbugs

What is UV-C?

You’ve likely heard of ultraviolet light before; probably in the context of sun block or a tanning bed. But UV light exists on a spectrum. At the short end of that spectrum is UV-C with a wavelength of 200 to 280 nanometers. For perspective on how small that is, a nanometer is one billionth of a metre! 

The most amazing part about UV-C light is that it has been proven to inactivate dangerous germs like bacteria and viruses.1 The light attacks these organisms at a molecular level. This prevents the germs from reproducing, rendering them harmless.

The History of UV-C

The use of UV light has been known for many years to have a germicidal effect, meaning it can destroy harmful microorganisms. In 1904, a breakthrough discovery showcased the greatest germicidal effectiveness was found to be within the UV-C region in the UV spectrum.2 Since then, further discoveries like this and along with ongoing research, continue to prove the effectiveness of UV-C wavelengths against pathogenic microorganisms.

UV-C light vs. superbugs

UV-C light vs. superbugs

The UV spectrum is simply divided into three classifications based on wavelength’s interaction with molecules: 

1. Ultraviolet-A (UV-A),

2. Ultraviolet-B (UV-B) and

3. Ultraviolet-C (UV-C).

UV-C light is often considered the “germicidal” spectrum because of its effects against bacteria and viruses.Due its proven ability to effectively inactivate viruses and bacteria, the adoption of UV-C is key to limiting the spread of infectious diseases.

The technology is important because of its ability to disrupt stable bonds in organic compounds and its ability to cause a permanent change to the bases of DNA and RNA structure. This is important because DNA and RNA serve as the code for bacteria to replicate. UV-C light damages this structure and inhibits germs from further dividing and infecting other host cells.

UV-C technology works through line of sight, only environments or surfaces that are directly exposed to the light will be sanitized. 

Is UV-C safe?

Anyone who has suffered from a sunburn can attest to the harmful impacts that too much UV light can have. However, the sun transmits UV-A and UV-B light whereas UV-C light is blocked by the ozone layer and it is not something that we are regularly exposed to.

Just like sunlight, if exposed directly to high doses, UV-C light can be harmful to human skin and eyes. Therefore, there are risks associated with the use of UV-C light and appropriate precautions must be taken when handling devices with UV-C technology. 

CleanSlate UV devices have been certified for regulatory compliance and follows safety standards regulated by the EPA and Industry Canada.*

The Data that Proves it All

We believe in using evidence-based data to showcase the performance of CleanSlate UV. Many tests have been conducted to test the effectiveness of CleanSlate UV. Most recently, CleanSlate UV has tested against SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing COVID-19 and found a 99.995% reduction rate!

CleanSlate UV is continuously testing and creating research studies in collaboration with independent and public institutions to improve product performance. 

*Additional Information with Regulatory and Safety Compliance
CleanSlate UV is regulated by the EPA and Industry Canada. It has been certified by TUV SUD according to UL/IEC 61010-1 standards and has a CE marking. The product meets IEC 62471 standards on UV safety (exempt group) as well as FCC Part 15 Subpart B, ICES-003 and IEC 61326 standards for EMI/EMC.
1. Rajesh P. Rastogi, Richa, Ashok Kumar, Madhu B. Tyagi, Rajeshwar P. Sinha, “Molecular Mechanisms of Ultraviolet Radiation-Induced DNA Damage and Repair”, Journal of Nucleic Acids, vol. 2010, Article ID 592980, 32 pages, 2010.
2. Reed N. G. (2010). The history of ultraviolet germicidal irradiation for air disinfection. Public health reports (Washington, D.C. : 1974), 125(1), 15–27.
3. Cutler TD, Zimmerman JJ. Ultraviolet irradiation and the mechanisms underlying its inactivation of infectious agents. Anim Health Res Rev. 2011 Jun;12(1):15-23. doi: 10.1017/S1466252311000016. PMID: 21676338

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