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February 3, 2012

Spray Nine Releases Top Tips for Disinfecting Schools -Outbreaks of Whooping Cough, Norovirus and Staph Bacterium Reported Nationally-

Johnstown, NY - Recent outbreaks of diseases and bacterial infections at several U.S. Schools has prompted representatives of Spray Nine®, a leading brand of specialty cleaning products and innovator of the industry’s first ‘spray-on, wipe-off’ cleaner disinfectant, to release key tips to ensure proper disinfection in schools.

“Although more schools are greening their cleaning programs, there’s still the need for traditional disinfectants to further ensure dangerous germs are destroyed – especially in gymnasiums, lunchrooms and classrooms,” said Cary Zelich, marketing manager for Spray Nine, an ITW Permatex brand. “Even in cases where legislatures are promoting green cleaning at state-run schools, such as the recent case in Vermont, most legislation doesn’t limit the use or distribution of antimicrobial disinfectants or sanitizers.”

As president of Knight Marketing Corp. in New York City, the largest independent distributor of Spray Nine in the U.S., Stan Peters says educational customers make up one of its primary markets – and there are several tips that those involved in cleaning schools need to keep top-of-mind in combating the spread of bacteria:

1. Know the difference between cleaning and disinfecting. Cleaning removes visible soil, dirt, stains and other debris from surfaces. It is generally performed by wiping surfaces down using a multi-purpose cleaner or soap and water. Disinfection destroys viruses, bacteria, germs and other harmful microorganisms. It is accomplished by using a chemical designed specifically to kill bacteria. One of the simplest ways to make sure you are disinfecting is to use a reliable name brand disinfectant with all of the proper paperwork to back up its kill-claims.

2. Provide on-site training on a continual basis. Disinfectants require accurate dilution, correct application and the proper dwell time. Simply spraying and wiping a disinfectant may not kill harmful bacteria. Some disinfectants require 30-second contact times, while others may require up to 10 minutes. It is important to provide ongoing training to ensure the cleaning staff is trained with the latest cleaning procedures to ensure disinfection.

3. Concentrate on disinfecting areas that may normally get overlooked. For instance, cleaning personnel often focus on gym mats because they’re breeding grounds for Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). MRSA is an infection caused by a strain of staph bacteria that has become resistant to the antibiotics used to treat ordinary staph infections. Because more cross-contamination occurs on a computer keyboard or a telephone than on gym mats, schools should use disinfectants on all high-touch surfaces throughout a school.

Over the last three months, there have been reports of an outbreak of whooping cough in Suffolk County, New York, the spread of potentially dangerous, antibiotic-resistant staph bacterium in an Albuquerque-area high school, and most recently, the spread of norovirus within schools in St. Agatha, Maine that prompted a statewide alert about the painful stomach virus.

Spray Nine recently announced three new germ-kill claims, which means the cleaner/disinfectant now kills a total of 26 types of germs and bacteria with proper application.

“Spray Nine can be a very effective first line of defense against viruses and other bacteria that have been affecting students in U.S. schools,” Zelich said. “Spray Nine disinfects in only 45 seconds, while other disinfectants may require anywhere from five to 10 minutes of surface contact to be effective.”

Spray Nine brand products include, Spray Nine® Cleaner/Disinfectant, Grez-Off® Heavy-Duty Degreaser, Poly Scrub® Hand Cleaner, Earth Soap® Cleaner/Degreaser, and Multi-Scrub Concentrate Cleaner Degreaser.

To find out more about the disinfectant power of Spray Nine, visit www.spraynine.com/product/spray-nine-cleanerdisinfectant-635.

About Spray Nine
Spray Nine is distributed by Permatex, a leading manufacturer, distributor, and marketer of premium chemical products to commercial, industrial and consumer markets. Since 1909, Permatex has been an acknowledged leader in the development of innovative new products and services for the automotive aftermarket. Permatex markets a wide range of products under well-known ITW brand names such as Permatex®, Fast Orange®, Spray Nine®, The Right Stuff®, Gel Twist®, PermaPoxy®, Ultra Bond® and Dr Bond®, Ultra Cherry®, Grez-Off®, Grease Grabber®, and Earth Soap®.

Permatex currently operates in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the United Kingdom and exports products to more than 85 countries around the world. North American operations include Permatex''s headquarters in Hartford, Conn., a state-of-the-art manufacturing, distribution, and technical center located in Solon, Ohio, and a manufacturing facility in Kansas City, Kan.

Permatex is a division of ITW (Illinois Tool Works Inc.), a U.S. based, NYSE listed corporation, founded in 1912. ITW is a Fortune 200 diversified manufacturing company.

For more information about Spray Nine, visit http://www.spraynine.com/