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Bio-Shield Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How does Bio Shield work?

A: When a microbial cell comes into contact with a painted surface, the EPA registered agents in Bio-Shield work to disrupt the potion gradient on the cell wall thereby starving the microbe. The reduction in microbial populations contributes to protecting the coating surface from degradation from molds and mildews and helps prevent the accumulation of odor causing bacteria.

Q: Does Bio-Shield Interior Coating actively reduce MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) and other harmful, disease-causing bacteria on the coating?

A: Painting vertical and horizontal surfaces with Bio-Shield will neither prevent the contraction of bacterial diseases nor is there a direct public health benefit implied through the application of Bio-Shield. The coating’s antimicrobial agents have been proven in repeated laboratory testing to effectively protect the coating from the microbial growth and proliferation. In accordance with EPA guidelines, Bio-Shield’s antimicrobial properties are only for the purpose of protecting the coating, it is the position of Eco-Protective Products that Bio-Shield does not imply any direct health benefit.

Q: Will painting with Bio-Shield replace the need for regular cleaning or common hygienic practices?

A: The intent of Bio-Shield Interior Coating is to protect the coating from the deteriorative effects of microbial growth on the surface. In no manner should Bio-Shield be conceived to replace the adherence to common hygienic practices such as regular cleaning of treated areas or frequent washing of hands.

Q: Is Bio-Shield safe to apply in occupied areas?

A: Rooms or hallways painted with Bio-Shield can be reoccupied immediately after application because Bio-Shield is an eco-friendly, Low VOC, low odor interior paint. Unlike other paints, Bio-Shield is water-based, and the cured product does not off-gas or contribute to indoor air pollutants.

Q: Does the application of Bio-Shield require any special equipment?

A: Bio-Shield applies like regular paint, requiring no special equipment. Bio-Shield can be applied using brushes, rollers, or an airless sprayer and requires only water to clean up.

Q: How long will Bio-Shield effectively reduce microbial populations from the coating’s dry-film to deter odor causing bacteria and paint degrading molds and mildews?

A: The active ingredient in Bio-Shield will not lose potency over time because of light exposure or regular cleaning. Regular cleaning will ensure Bio-Shield will perform at optimal levels so long as the surface remains free of dirt and contaminants where microbes can grow. Additionally, the coating’s antimicrobial agents are not water-soluble meaning they will not wash off or wear away over time providing the assurance of long-lasting protection.

Q: Does Bio-Shield require expensive cleaners to maintain its effectiveness?

A: No. Regular Clorox, ammonia, or soap based cleaning methods are perfect for keeping the coating surface free of dirt and contaminants ensuring optimal performance throughout the coating's lifespan.

Q: Does Bio-Shield qualify for LEED Credits?

A: Bio-Shield qualifies for 1 credit for Indoor Environmental Quality under IEQ Credit 4.2 Low Emitting Materials: Paints and Coatings. To qualify, a paint or coating must meet GS-11 1993 Standards for VOC compliance. Additionally, Bio-Shield can qualify for MR Credit 5.1: Regional Materials: 10% Extracted, Processed & Manufactured Regionally for an additional credit.

Q: How long before reapplication of Bio-Shield is necessary?

A: Bio-Shield will need repainting every 7-10 years depending on frequency of regular maintenance and operating conditions.

Q: Does Bio-Shield carry a manufacturer’s warranty?

A: Bio-Shield carries a limited warranty that the product will not peel, chip, flake, and most importantly, that it will not diminish in its ability to effectively reduce microbial populations.

Q: What EPA Registration Guidelines and Claims govern Bio-Shield Interior Coating?

A: Antimicrobial additives fall under the jurisdiction of the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA rules governing the usage of antimicrobial additives is defined under the Federal Insecticide Fungicide and Rodenticide Act, better known as FIFRA. FIFRA guidelines require that antimicrobial additives be registered for use with a specific sub registration for each end product application. The antimicrobial additive used in Bio-Shield is registered by the EPA for use in many products including polymer emulsions, topical ointments, and shampoos.

In regards to claims, the EPA treated article notice specifies the allowable claims for products using built-in antimicrobial technology. These guidelines prohibit all companies using a built-in antimicrobial additive from making public health claims. The claims being made by Eco-Protective Products, LLC are in compliance with the allowable claims as outlined by the EPA. Bio-Shield’s agents’ antimicrobial product protection inhibits the growth of bacteria, mold and mildew that can cause stains and odors on the dry-film surface. Bio-Shield technology makes painted walls easier to clean and keeps them performing like new paint and looking fresher and vibrant much longer than traditional paint.