FAQs

What is SteraMist?

TOMI's branded line of products. This represents the next generation disinfectant for the decontamination industry.

What is Binary Ionization Technology (BIT)

The product which is registered with the EPA as a Hospital-HealthCare Disinfectant, Effective Broad-Spectrum Disinfectant. TOMI's disruptive technology that utilizes plasma science.

What is the science behind the technology?

SteraMist produces a visible mist/fog, which is composed of the Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS), the Hydroxyl Radical. These are created by mechanically altering the sole active ingredient, hydrogen peroxide, in TOMI's BIT solution, by passing through the cold plasma arc.

Where can SteraMist BIT be used?

SteraMist products may be used in a variety of settings, please refer to our EPA registration for all use sites.

Is SteraMist BIT safe?

TOMI has proven that the aerosol is nontoxic. It has superior material compatibility, including sensitive hospital equipment and pharmaceutical and biosafety lab technologies.

The comprehensive TOMI training program instructs all end-users on the appropriate Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) dependent on their specific geographic location. TOMI adheres to OSHA and Cal OSHA standards; all respiratory protection is NIOSH approved.

What PPE is required?

Minimal PPE (respirator, goggles, gloves, and long sleeves) required. For more information, please see EPA Label.

Do you offer disinfection & decontamination services?

Yes, in addition to purchasing SteraMist equipment, TOMI offers iHP Corporate Service as a fully customizable service option.

How do I get a quote for sales/service?

Contact us now or email info@tomimist.com!

What is the difference between SteraMist and manual cleaning disinfection?

Manual cleaning can produce inconsistent results because the user can easily miss areas during the clean. Further, completing a disinfection cleaning protocol with SteraMist offers greater coverage, less cross-contamination in less time, and superior results with a 99.999% (six log) reduction and depending on the clean product, a manual clean will only provide a 99.9% or 99.99% (3 or 4 log reduction). 

Does SteraMist easily fit into a hospital's current cleaning protocol?

For C.difficile rooms, all fluids and visible debris needs to be removed with an approved EPA spray product. Then SteraMist is applied. The user sprays, applying the mist for 5 seconds per square foot. With no wet time, high touch cleans for highly contaminated areas can be treated in 3 minutes or less. SteraMist Terminal Clean includes a total 55-minute terminal clean, eliminating manual cleans but includes all standard hospital terminal clean procedures.

Which SteraMist product is better for my needs: the Surface Unit, Environment System or is there a custom option available for the space in need of decontamination?

TOMI has a Custom Engineered System (CES). Please contact a TOMI representative for a personalized assessment and recommendation based on your requirements. 

Does SteraMist treat Biosafety Cabinets (BSCs)?

SteraMist currently has clients using the Surface Unit to treat BSCs. Further, A TOMI technician can write a protocol for both SteraMist products to be used on a case by case basis.

Is SteraMist safe for electronics?

Yes, SteraMist is ideal for electronics. The iHP process provides a dry mist/fog and a short contact time, leaving no residue. SteraMist can quickly and easily treat electronics including delicate medical and scientific equipment.

How long does a surface have to remain wet after being treated with SteraMist?

SteraMist has no required wet contact time. After treatment, all surfaces will be covered with mist/fog, similar to the way a mirror fogs after a shower. It will quickly evaporate.

How does SteraMist compare to Ultraviolet (UV) light?

UV light can be effective at short distances and with a clear line of sight, leaving many obscure nooks and crannies unexposed. Many UV light systems require the machine to be moved around or multiple machines need to be used for complete treatments. UV lightbulbs have a limited lifespan and are very expensive to replace. SteraMist's submicron to 3-micron particle sizes are able to reach everywhere, requires low ongoing costs, is easy to maintain, and offers quick and flexible treatment options.

How does SteraMist compare to Bleach?

Bleach may be inexpensive, however, bleach has high health costs because the safety of its user is at risk. Further, costs can increase because bleach damages materials, stains fabrics, and is difficult to dilute properly and accurately. Therefore, receiving an efficacious kill may be unlikely.

How does SteraMist compare to Vaporized Hydrogen Peroxide (VHP)?

VHP requires all areas to be completely sealed and pretreated to specific humidity and temperature ranges. Reliant on high hydrogen peroxide levels, these products can be highly corrosive and leave residues that affect materials compatibility. With a sole active ingredient of only 7.8% hydrogen peroxide, SteraMist requires no room pre-conditioning, is significantly more flexible (Surface Unit does not require HVAC shutoff), non-hazardous to ship and store, and demonstrates superior compatibility with electronics with no need to wipe, and no residue is left behind.

How does SteraMist compare to chlorine dioxide or formaldehyde?

Similar to these products, SteraMist moves like a gas. However, SteraMist is much less toxic and corrosive than chlorine dioxide or formaldehyde. For those companies that want to move away from potential carcinogenic decontamination processes, which many global regulators are already doing, SteraMist is an effective replacement.

How does SteraMist compare to Biostatic Surface Protectants (BSP)?

Biostatic Surface Protectants are comprised of quaternary ammonium silane and features up to a 3-log (99.9%) kill. BSPs are not listed on the EPA's List N for Emerging Pathogens. Exposure to surfaces over a prolonged period of time may cause damage to materials and health. SteraMist achieves up to six-log (99.9999%) kills with a sole active ingredient of 7.8% hydrogen peroxide ionized with cold plasma technology. Surfaces are quickly treated with no wet contact time required.