What do you do when a family member comes down with a nasty and easily transferrable infection that you don’t want to spread to you or the rest of your family? While your gut may be telling you to simply clean every surface of your home, one local family chose a different route and are so thankful they did. Mr. H’s mother was diagnosed with Clostridium Difficile (c. diff) just days before Christmas, and he knew he had to do something to clean and disinfect her home so that no other family members would contract the infection. C. diff is a highly contagious illness that can be spread easily from person to person by spores. In some cases, c. diff can be fatal, so it’s extremely important to control its spread. C. diff is highly resistant to most cleaning agents, allowing spores to live for 70-90 days outside the body, so basic cleaning methods have little effect on stopping the spread of Clostridium Difficile. While it is often recommended to clean surfaces with chlorine bleach to kill c. diff spores, even this “best practice” isn’t necessarily effective. Bleach does have the ability to kill bacteria on the surface, but it is not effective at seeping into porous areas and killing deeply-rooted pathogens. Additionally, bleach can be harmful to your lungs if used in a large capacity, and when faced with something like c. diff, you will definitely want to disinfect every inch of the affected area. Further, bleach doesn’t provide any residual protection. You may be able to wipe down a surface and eliminate the bacteria temporarily, but bleach will not prevent its spread over time. Finally, and most importantly, it is unrealistic to expect total protection when using bleach as your cleaning agent. You can wash some items in bleach and wipe down others, but your floors, upholstery, curtains, etc., will still carry the threat of bacteria. Knowing the risk involved with tackling the disinfecting process on his own, Mr. H did a web search to see if he could get professional help with this problem. He landed on Woodard’s nVIRO Shield® pathogen control system information, and called our team to help. Mr. H needed the confidence that whoever he called was going to protect his mother, her home, and the rest of their family from the spread of the nasty c. diff infection, and trusted Woodard’s nVIRO Shield® system as the solution. With the knowledge that nVIRO Shield® kills c. diff spores within 5 minutes of application and provides residual protection for up to 3 months, he was extremely pleased with our ability to help. We’re proud to offer a product that can bring so much comfort to a family in need! Curious about how our nVIRO Shield® system works? Woodard’s nVIRO Shield® product contains 3 disinfecting agents: A photocatalytic protective sealant that protects all treated surfaces and is long-lasting and high-binding. The photocatalytic nature of this agent means that each time light is introduced in the environment, this product continues to kill bacteria, for up to 3 months. A broad-spectrum disinfectant and sanitizer, composed of silver and citric acid A disinfectant specifically formulated to control Clostridium Difficile spores The system is applied using an electrostatic mister, which lightly coats every surface in an environment with these protective agents, killing bacteria immediately and providing residual protection. Within minutes (if treating a few hundred square feet) or hours (if treating several thousand square feet), an entire area can be treated. The agents have a light citrus smell to them, are completely safe for humans and pets, and can be used to treat against all pathogens, including those that are resistant to antibiotics. If you’re interested in learning more about the Woodard nVIRO Shield® system or would like to schedule a treatment for your home or business, complete our inquiry form or call 314-227-7077!