lab dominates the I&I market with a
share in excess of 30% in the U.S., a
percentage that easily tops the No. 2
player, Diversey. A few months ago,
Ecolab launched Virasept, its first
ready-to-use (no mixing required)
hard surface disinfectant approved by
the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency to be effective against
Clostridium difficile spores.
According to Ecolab, Clostridium
difficile is a highly drug-resistant
bacterium that causes diarrhea and
severe lower intestinal inflammation, which can be life threatening.
It is very difficult to clean and can
remain on hard surfaces for months.
Over the past few years the incidence of Clostridium difficile has
been on the rise in healthcare settings with studies showing it affecting more than 7,000 patients in
hospitals each day with an estimated cost of $18-$52 million.
“Environmental services depart-
ments continue to face increasingly
more virulent and persistent pathogens as
they work to keep healthcare facilities
clean,” said Paul B. Chaffin, vice president,
Ecolab Healthcare North America.“Devel-
oping effective methods to clean rooms
contaminated with Clostridium difficile is
particularly challenging due to the persist-
ence of the spore in the environment. Vi-
rasept is an effective, non-bleach
alternative that can help reduce the envi-
ronmental transmission of challenging mi-
croorganisms like Clostridium difficile.”
According to Ecolab, Virasept works
within 10 minutes of application against
Clostridium difficile spores and in four
minutes or less on a broad spectrum of
other pathogens, including MRSA, VRE, E.
coli, HIV, Hepatitis B, Influenza A (H1N1)
and Norovirus. Its patented, non-corrosive
chemistry is formulated for daily cleaning
of high-touch room surfaces such as
handrails, telephones, bathroom fixtures,
sinks and tray tables without harming the
equipment. Virasept cleans, disinfects and
deodorizes in one-step, helping to reduce
the need for multiple-product inventory,
according to the company.
Construction is booming in some emerging markets.
According to data from the National
Restaurant Association, restaurant industry
sales are actually expected to grow 2.5%
this year to $580 billion. That’s an improvement over the 1.2% and 2.9% declines in
real sales that the industry experienced in
2008 and 2009, respectively.
The economic picture is beginning to
improve for hotel operators too. The U.S.
hotel industry reported increases in all
three key performance metrics during the
week of Oct. 3-9, 2010, according to STR.
In year-over-year comparisons, occupancy
increased 6.5% to 63.6%, average daily
rate was up 2.2% to $101.58, and revenue
per available room ended the week up
8.8% to $64.62.
Among the top 25 markets, 21 reported
occupancy increases for the week, with four
markets reporting gains of more than 15%:
Dallas, up 19.3% to 62.7%; New Orleans,
up 18.7% to 75.7%; Atlanta, up 15.8% to
64.1% and Detroit, MI up 15.8%.
Within its institutional business, Ecolab
rolled out StoneMedic, a system that is designed to deliver“near-factory” finishes on
installed floors. StoneMedic includes products, equipment, abrasives and training
needed to care for all types of natural and
Two new Spartan floor care products,
The Fixx and Step Down, promise to reduce
down time within a facility. The Fixx is a
high-solids floor finish and sealer with premium gloss and a long lasting response to
burnishing, extending the time between recoats by as much as five months and strip
outs by 18 months. The Fixx floors have
amazing repairability, and the rapid recoat
ability saves even more labor time, according to Spartan.
Step Down Low Odor Finish Liquidator is an effective floor finish remover designed to quickly penetrate and eliminate
heavy finish buildup. The low odor formulation is ideal for use in facilities with
confined areas and where strong finish
remover odors are problematic, the company said.
The focus on cost-containment has had
an impact on floor care operations.
“In this market, patterns around floor
care have changed,” noted Boynick. “The
frequency of stripping and refinishing
floors has been reduced, and that requires
more durable finishes.”
No matter what the economy is doing, Eco-
In addition to The Fixx and Step Down for
floors, Spartan Chemical has rolled out an
array of products during the past year.
SparSan Q Disinfectant Deodorant is billed
as a versatile, ready-to-use aerosol disinfectant deodorant. It is said to be ideal for convenient disinfection after spot clean up and