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July 25, 2012

Spray Nine Releases Disinfecting Tips in Light of U.S. Whooping Cough Outbreaks

-Health Officials Concerned Spread of the Disease Could be Worst in 50 Years-

Johnstown, NY - Recent outbreaks of whooping cough in several U.S. states have 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 to contain the disease’s spread.

“Despite the growing use of ‘green’ cleaning products, there’s still the need for traditional disinfectants to further ensure dangerous germs are destroyed during the cleaning process,” 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, cleaning professionals should note that most legislation doesn’t limit the use or distribution of antimicrobial disinfectants or sanitizers.”

Whooping cough, once a deadly disease to U.S. children, became rare with the advent of a vaccine that drove the number of cases down. However, because the disease wasn’t fully eradicated the number of cases reported this year has spiked. Washington and Wisconsin have each reported about 3,000 cases – and a higher number of cases are being tracked in New York, Minnesota, Kansas, and Arizona.

Zelich says there are several tips that those involved in cleaning programs need to keep top-of-mind in combating the spread of the disease:

• Know the difference between cleaning and disinfecting. Cleaning removes visible soil, dirt, stains and other debris from surfaces. 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.

• 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 achieve disinfection.

• Concentrate on disinfecting areas that may normally get overlooked. In addition to high traffic areas in a building, don’t overlook the potential for cross-contamination, which occurs on computer keyboards and telephones. Disinfectants should be used on all high-touch surfaces in a facility to eliminate the spread of germs and disease.

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

“Spray Nine can be a very effective first line of defense against viruses and other bacteria, and help prevent the further spread of whooping cough,” 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.”

In regard to the spread of whooping cough, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says parents should ensure that their child is up-to-date with the whooping cough or pertussis vaccine to have full protection against the disease.

The CDC also recommends adults, especially pregnant women who will be around small children, should get a booster shot of the vaccine to avoid spreading the disease to infants too young for the first dose of the vaccine – which is given at two months.

To find out more about the disinfectant power of Spray Nine, visit Other 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.

About Spray Nine

Spray Nine is distributed by Permatex, a leading manufacturer, distributor, and marketer of premium chemical products to the automotive maintenance and repair 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 U.K. 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.

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