Are all Mould Killers & Fungicidal washes the same?
The short answer is NO! Different mould killers differ greatly.
There are several types of ‘Fungicidal washes’ available to initially kill and remove mould, all with varying degrees of success
Condensation Products Mould Killer & Steriliser
Our Sterilising solution is based on the modern and safe biocide DDQ (Didecyldimethylammoniumchloride) CAS No. 7173-51-5
Therefore it is NOT a fungicidal wash it is actually mouldicide / mildewcide, In laymens terms this means our product is extremely effective against a broad spectrum of bacteria and algae by specifically targetting and killing these organisms.
This product is also active against a wide spectrum of viruses such as Hepatitis B, HIV and will also control MRSA.
The steriliser maintains its efficacy even in the presence of heavy organic soiling such as blood, proteins, hard water. Again in laymans terms what this means is that under real life practical situations when the pre-clean and rinse are not carried out properly the system will still be effective.
Due to its absorbent nature, DDQ retains residual activity, i.e. it will leave a residue that will resist the re-growth of mould to the treated area.
What is also very important is that our product is Not classified as a marine pollutant by the HSE (Health and Safety Executive)
Our Mould Killer & Steriliser is NOT classified under COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations) either.
DDQ also is approved by the HSE as a wood preservative.
Other types of Sterilising solutions contain the following:-
BAC (Benzalkonium Chloride)
CAS No. 63449-41-2
This is classified as a fungicidal wash, however it’s efficacy is limited, it is a cheap and cheerful surface biocide that has been around since the 1920’s. It is suitable for use on simple bacteria such as E.coli and Salmonella, but does not have the wide spectrum of kill and efficacy that DDQ has.
BAC is classified by the HSE as very toxic to aquatic organisms ( Dead fish/tree symbol) i.e. it IS a marine pollutant. It is also classified as Harmful if swallowed.
Blend of BAC and biphenyl-2-ol
CAS No. 63449-41-2 & CAS No. 90-43-7
This is good as a hard surface biocide, but is not as effective as a DDQ based solution, this type is not as active as DDQ i.e. it won’t kill the same number of species of mould / algae
BAC is classified by the HSE as Very toxic to aquatic organisms ( Dead fish/tree symbol) i.e. it IS a marine pollutant, and is classified Harmful if swallowed.
This blend has been withdrawn by the HSE as a wood preservative.
Cheap and effective, but discolours wood and fabrics. It imparts taint and like most oxidisers is readily inactivated by organic soiling. It is corrosive to skin and metals. Bleach does not have any residual effect to resist regrowth of mould in a treated area.
Bleach is classified by the HSE as an Irritant.
Pine Oil Gels
Are totally ineffective bactericides, but at least they smell very nice!