Hamilton cleaning equipment company sees big boost during coronavirus pandemic

Jackie Brewster puts labels on bottles of KaiBosh disinfectant cleaner Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at Kaivac Cleaning Systems in Hamilton. Kaivac would normally get preprinted bottles but some of their suppliers are having a hard time keeping up with demand so they are having labels printed and getting blank bottles to fill with product to meet their customer demands. Kaivac makes cleaning products and machines for a variety of industries. NICK GRAHAM / STAFF

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Jackie Brewster puts labels on bottles of KaiBosh disinfectant cleaner Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at Kaivac Cleaning Systems in Hamilton. Kaivac would normally get preprinted bottles but some of their suppliers are having a hard time keeping up with demand so they are having labels printed and getting blank bottles to fill with product to meet their customer demands. Kaivac makes cleaning products and machines for a variety of industries. NICK GRAHAM / STAFF

A Hamilton-based manufacturer of professional cleaning equipment recently had one of its products certified by the EPA as effective against the novel coronavirus.

Kaivac Cleaning Systems, whose products are designed for use in the restaurant, grocery store and food service industries, created disinfectant KaiBosh in 2007, according to Matt Morrison, a company spokesman.

Recognized in March as effective against COVID-19, it’s engineered to be used with Kaivac’s systems, spray bottles and pump-up sprayers.

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KaiBosh’s formula is available in 1-gallon jugs and 8-ounce packets, which make the equivalent of four gallons when mixed with water. It’s also available in 55-gallon drums.

“It disinfects and cleans in one step,” he said. “Most disinfectants are only used to (disinfect) their targets.”

KaiBosh also is effective against the highly contagious norovirus, which causes vomiting and diarrhea, while many products are not effective, Morrison said.

“Like every supplier in the country, our demand has increased significantly, we estimate about 300 percent,” Morrison said. “However, because our systems are recognized in the industry as highly effective science-based cleaning systems, our other cleaning chemicals along with our machines are experiencing very high demand as well.”

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Founded in 1998, Kaivac Cleaning Systems employees 103 people, the majority of them in Hamilton but with some sales team members located in other parts of the country.

Morrison said that KaiBosh is just one of several products designed to stop the spread of COVID-19 by removing pathogens, contaminants and soils from floors, counters, and high-touch points.

Along with the No-Touch Cleaning spray-and-vac cleaning systems and the Dispense-and-Vac system, the Kaivac COVID-19 Fighting System includes the following:

• the SmartTowel, a folded microfiber towel that can be folded into eight numbered quadrants. This allows the user to use up to eight fresh surfaces of the cloth, helping to prevent the spread of contamination.

• KaiFly rapid surface cleaning system, which allows users to apply cleaning solution directly onto a microfiber trowel used to wipe surfaces. A squeegee is then used to remove moisture and pathogens from surfaces. Independent tests report it is 80 times more effective at removing soils than using rags or wipers.

• ATP rapid monitoring technology, which is used before and after cleaning surfaces, these systems scientifically determine the effectiveness of cleaning in about 15 seconds.

“Food service professionals must realize there is no one cleaning product or one cleaning method that will help prevent the spread of COVID,” Morrison said. “It takes a systems approach to keep foodservice facilities clean, healthy and operating.”

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