Taking aim at cabin hygiene
This is a special feature from PAX Tech's July Cabin Hygiene, Seating & IFEC 2020 edition.
The discussion about building passenger confidence in the post-pandemic cabin would of course be incomplete without including input from the suppliers who provide necessary cabin cleaning and disinfecting products, from surface cleaners and disinfectants to hand sanitizers.
Florida-based Mirandy supplies cleaning products for lavatories, interiors, exteriors and airport runways. In light of the pandemic, Mirandy has expanded its range to disinfectants, hands soap and hand sanitizers.
MicroCide RTU cleaner and disinfectant qualifies under the EPA’s emerging viral pathogen program for use against SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Super Quat disinfects, sanitizes, and deodorizes, and has demonstrated effectiveness against viruses similar to SARS-CoV-2 on hard, nonporous surfaces. The hand soap is available in pearl and foaming, while hand sanitizer is offered in liquid (16-ounce, 12 per case and 32-ounce, 4 per case) and gel (1 gallon, 4 per case).
Another Mirandy product is Aim – an aerosol residual bacteriostat and fungistat for long-lasting effectiveness to help control the growth of environment bacteria, fungi, mold and mildew.Action is a foaming germicidal multipurpose cleaner that disinfects and deodorizes hard surfaces and wipes away food, dirt, grease and oil. Both have also been in high-demand since the start of the pandemic, Lindsey Mendelson, President, tells PAX Tech in July.
“When Aim and Action sold out, we knew that we would need to introduce new products and widen our product offerings,” Mendelson says. “We wanted to make sure we could fill out customer’s needs.”
Mirandy also supplies lavatory products, including Mirabowl, Mirabowl Q and Mirabowl QC. The first form of the product is a lavatory bowl cleaner and deodorizer that does not harm aluminum surfaces. The quaternary disinfectant in the Mirabowl Q disinfects and cleans the entire lavatory bowl and the Mirabowl QC is a concentrated version of it.
Responding to the demand
US manufacturer Celeste Industries Corp tells PAX Tech in July that its SaniLuxe Hand Sanitizer is now available in flat bottom bottle for convenience and portability. Celeste’s Sani-Com, originally designed as a single-use towelette, has been tested and approved for use as hand sanitizer. And, EPA registered, broad-spectrum Sani-Cide EX3 disinfectant and multipurpose surface cleaner is still riding the wave of increased demand from airline customers.
“Having hand sanitizers available, ensures that passengers and crew have the necessary resources to stop the spread of germs, even if water were to become unavailable,” says Emily Romblad, Customer Marketing Manager. “Passengers can rest assured that they are boarding a safe, clean environment that has been properly prepared for them between each flight.”
Freshorize has updated its hand sanitizer product with a dual base holder that fits into its single counter mount to offer hand soap and sanitizer side-by-side for passengers. The supplier also has 60ml hand sanitizer pumps available, “perfect for flight attendant pockets,” chief Executive Officer Aziz Patel tells PAX.
The company is now supplying sanitizers to United Airlines, Alaska Airlines, British Airways, Jazz, and Qantas Airways uses the sanitizers in its lounges. The EPA Disinfectant Wipe, which is proven successful against viruses similar to COVID-19 on hard, non-porous surfaces, is flying with Delta Air Lines.