GTC Solutions is all about making places germ-free.
Technician David Young said the company not only kills germs already in an environment, but also ensures new ones stay away.
Recently opened in Columbus, GTC Solutions furnishes a service providing complete disinfection of all surfaces, destroying germs, bacteria and viruses. It follows up with a protective treatment keeping them from returning for 90 days.
Its solution, produced by ByoPlanet, is approved by the Environmental Protection Agency and, according to company literature, has been proven to successfully stop the spread of norovirus, salmonella, E.coli, staph and Ebola.
Jennifer Tharp, GTC Solutions national sales and marketing director, said cruise ship lines have had much success with the process.GTC Solutions has its headquarters in the same building on 10th Street downtown as the headquarters of Teen Challenge International, with which it is affiliated.
Teen Challenge is a faith-based worldwide organization dedicated to rehabilitating individuals who struggle with life-controlling addictions.“All of our profits go to addiction recovery services worldwide,” Tharp said.
She said the business offers a way for Teen Challenge to get money in addition to donations.
“We use hospital grade disinfectant that is non-toxic,” said Tharp of the company’s process.
To apply the solution, Young and other technicians wear a 40-pound backpack attached to a sprayer making them resemble characters in the movie “Ghostbusters.”
“We’re germbusters,” Young said.
The electrostatic system used has a spray nozzle that fires out an electrically-charged antimicrobial solution that adheres to every neutral spot in the room.
Young said there is no overlap and no missed areas.
This technology is designed to completely shrink wrap even the hardest to reach areas with a quick drying mist that destroys the most dangerous pathogens.
Tharp said there are plenty of germs to be killed.
“A good example is a restaurant: The waitress cleans the table top but then cleans another with the same rag,” Tharp said. “The waitress does not clean the bottom of the table and just think how many people put their hands there when pulling in their chair.”
She said the company is already working with a local company cleaning the fitness centers at its apartment complexes.
“People don’t wipe down exercise machines like they should,” Tharp said.
Also, restrooms are a breeding ground for disease. “We have found fecal matter on bathroom door handles. Not everyone washes their hands. Those germs can be taken to other places such as water fountains,” she said.
“You would not believe how many germs we find on telephones,” said Young of his work in offices.
Young said businesses lose money when employees are sick. School systems are hurt financially when students are sick and not in class or when teachers are sick and substitutes need to be used.
“It’s billions of dollars lost,” he said.
Tharp said the protective coating GTC Solutions uses kills germs when they come in contact with a protected surface and recontamination is prevented. “If someone comes into your office and hugs you or shakes your hand, if someone sneezes near you, obviously germs can still be transmitted that way. We can’t protect against that. What we do greatly reduces the possibility of getting a cold, the flu or something else,” Young said.While Columbus is the starting point for the business, Tharp hopes to have offices throughout Georgia and Florida by the end of the year.
“We want to have a logo, a shield we place on the windows of places we serve, to let people know it is clean, sort of a like a Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval,” Tharp said.