Is VIRUSEND the best surface disinfectant spray against Coronavirus?

A year ago this month, the UK headed into lockdown for the first time. The country and the world had little notion of what was to come but someone was already working towards a solution. Inventor Michael Pritchard quickly realised that we needed an antiviral spray that could be used to disinfect surfaces contaminated with Coronavirus. And so he set to work in his private laboratory and the journey began to produce VIRUSEND.

Game-changing VIRUSEND for the British Army

VIRUSEND disinfectant spray

VIRUSEND disinfectant spray

The idea was originally born to assist the military. It soon became apparent that once vehicles and equipment had been used by someone diagnosed with Covid 19 – everything had to be placed in quarantine for 72 hours. This basically crippled operations, costing time and money and put personnel at risk. What VIRUSEND was engineered to do was kill the virus on all surfaces in just 1 minute which meant no more 72-hour quarantine.

Equipment became safe to use in just a matter of seconds. Along with the Anyway Trigger Spray that was also developed at the same time, it meant it could be used upside down and in awkward angles without loss of efficacy – perfect for vehicles and equipment. The trigger spray produces a fine continuous mist at 360°.

4 Key Points About VIRUSEND and its Efficacy


1. How far and how quickly can a virus spread between surfaces?

A study by Imperial College London showed how easy it was for a virus to be transferred from surface to surface from a hospital isolation room. Within 10 hours it had been spread to 18 other surfaces including door handles, light switches and chairs in a waiting room and persisted up to 5 days. Some studies have shown that the virus can live up to 28 days on surfaces¹. It showed the need for effective cleaning with the right products was essential in reducing the spread.

As soon as VIRUSEND was being used in the military arena, the benefits for domestic use also became very clear. As the pandemic worsened and transmission rates continued to soar, consumers were using ordinary household cleaners to try to protect themselves from contaminated surfaces. The Prime Minister stated that after transmission through airborne droplets, the next easiest way to contract Coronavirus was from contaminated surfaces.

The supermarket became the place you were most likely to catch Coronavirus whether catching it directly from someone or by touching contaminated products on the shelves. Consumers thought that ordinary household cleaners could protect them from the COVID-19 virus on items that might have been contaminated in shops or on parcel packaging received at home from online orders. This was not the case and it’s a complicated explanation, made all the more difficult to understand when popular household cleaning brands were claiming efficacy.

2. Why aren’t household cleaners just as good against Covid 19?

So now we need to get a bit technical. Ordinary household antibacterial cleaners are not proven to kill the virus. Why? They are designed to kill bacteria. If the product can not claim these two standards: BSEN:14476 and BSEN:16777 they cannot independently prove that they can kill the virus on surfaces. VIRUSEND is the only product that has been tested against the virus and proven to meet both of these standards. Many products and well-known brands were and are promoting misinformation relating to these standards and the ability to kill the virus – check out the Virusend video here:

VIRUSEND has been tested at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine² in its biosafety level 3 (BSL Level 3) laboratory on the actual pandemic strain of the Coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2. No other product has been tested in this way and proven to be as effective.

3. Where is it safe to use VIRUSEND?

It’s safe to use on all surfaces³ including food prep areas as it is non-toxic. No PPE⁴ is required, unlike bleach which also damages surfaces or products with high alcohol content which are highly flammable. It’s also safe to use on electronic equipment such as your handheld scanner at the shop, your mouse and keyboard either at home or at work. The only caution here would not to drown these products with the spray – just use a gentle light misting is required and in 60 seconds – what you have sprayed is completely safe to use.

4. How to protect yourself from Coronavirus with VIRUSEND

There are so many instances throughout your day where you could potentially be exposed to the virus. From receiving the mail at home to moving your dustbins after they have been emptied, opening a shop door, filling up with petrol or getting on public transport. There is risk everywhere, especially when as many as 80% of people with Covid 19 don’t know they have it and could be spreading it on surfaces you may come into contact with.

Having VIRUSEND at hand is the quickest and most effective way of making your environment safe. In just 60 seconds, surfaces are safe to use and items brought home in shopping bags are safe to put away in just 1 minute. VIRUSEND is available in a 365ml trigger spray an eco-refill bottle to reduce your plastic use, and a handy 75 ml pocket sized spray perfect for when you’re going into areas that you’re unfamiliar with. The pocket spray is also easy for children and students to take to school with them.

It’s safe to say Coronavirus is likely to stay with us for a long time and we have to find new ways of living with this new enemy. VIRUSEND has been described in The Times as game-changing and we are very proud to be able to supply it to consumers and businesses alike, looking to protect their environments and keep safe.

If you would like to know more about this truly best in class product, please do get in touch with us using the form below or call us on 0845 075 6111– we are more than happy to answer any questions you may have.


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Let’s face it.  It’s been a turbulent few months with PPE supply. There’s been global shortages of gloves, hand sanitiser, coveralls, masks and more.

I think we all know the answer why! With over 17 million confirmed Covid-19 cases (as of 30/7/20) and global hysteria at a sustained all-time high, panic buying has left stocks of raw materials significantly depleted.

Twin this with slower customs clearance, government sanctions and increased NHS, Emergency and Social Services and Critical Care needs, we’re starting to look at a pretty wobbly UK supply line of disposable PPE.

In this article, we’ll focus on the difference between masks and face coverings and looking at whether you need to wear one.

What’s an acceptable face covering?

In a Covid world, a face covering is a generally accepted term for anything that covers the lower part of your face, mainly your nose & mouth.

A face covering could include:

  • A scarf wrapped around your lower face (over nose & mask)
  • Surgical grade masks (Type IIR)
  • Reusable cotton masks
  • Bandanna
  • Civilian Grade Type 1 Masks

Do I need to wear one?

Most likely yes.

The government legislation that came into force on the 24th July has meant that a face covering needs to be worn in all enclosed public spaces as of that date.  The new legislation joined a preceding one whereby all civilians using public transport would have to wear one.


There is an exception for some circumstances.  Children under 11, those unable to put on a face covering due to mental or physical disabilities/illness or if you are reliant on lip movements for communication.

So what does a mask/face covering do?

A mask is by no means a guarantee that you won’t get a virus.  In fact, that’s a far cry away from reality.  However it will help slow transmission from person to person. That’s why they’re imperative for social and health workers where social distancing just isn’t an option.

At the beginning of the government campaign, we were advised to stay at home, save lives, protect the NHS so really, minimising interaction with others is going to be your best weapon of protection.

But as the UK comes out of lockdown, make the right face covering choice!

There are many types of mask out there.  If you’re a member of the public reading this, then we’d recommend you to make your own mask!

However, if you’re in an industry where social distancing is impossible or a mask is imperative to protect your staff, we have a quick round up below to help you.

Our guide to face masks

Type 1 

This most likely the mask that the person in front of you in the supermarket queue is wearing.   It’s an everyday civilian mask composed of 3 layers, and does have some fluid repellent properties although not certified to Type IIR.   These are in short supply, but still available, although likely at an inflated price.  If it’s not possible to make your own and you’d like that peace of mind and protection for your day to day activities, this is probably the one for you.

Type II

These are a popular disposable option with healthcare and emergency services and are best suited for environments there is exposure to low/med quantities of fluid or aerosols.   These should meet EN14683 Ratings and always look for the CE certification.

In times like this Coronavirus crisis, these are hard to obtain.  Please think before purchasing:  does my mask match my task?

FFP2 Respirator 

FFP2 masks are mostly used in the construction industry, and especially tasks like plastering where there are medium to high levels of dust exposure.  There is also a critical need for these masks in the healthcare sector as these protect against aerosols and fluids with a PFE or Particle Filtration Rate of >95%.  This means that a minimum of 95% of all airborne particles are filtered, offering vital protection to both patients and healthcare professionals.

Where possible, please leave the FFP2 masks for those who need them.  It is highly unlikely that any British citizen in any public environment will need this level of protection.  Please think before purchasing: does my mask fit my task?


The KN95 is the Chinese certification grade of a mask similar to an FFP2.  However, beware!  An FFP2 is an EU certified grade, and the masks are generally better made and have gone through a lot more stringent testing process. It does however have a 4 layer filtration system which offers superior protection.

FFP3 Respirator 

This is the top grade of mask available on the market, and offers the highest levels of protection.  Ideal for situations where medical personnel are handling dangerous chemicals, radioactive substances or for viral infection control.  These masks filter out 99% of particles up to 0.6 μm and are the highest level of mask protection.

These are proving very hard to obtain, given the more complex manufacturing process and the exponential increase in demand.  Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the NHS are now breaking into their stocks of these respirator masks reserved for pandemic flu.  Once again, please think before purchasing:  does my mask fit my task?

Cotton Masks

Cotton Masks are the best option for any civilian looking to take a stroll through your local shopping centre or meet someone in an enclosed space.  Typically these come with 2 layers of cotton protection & often have an anti-microbial outer layer which will last for a few washes.  These need to be washed at above 60 degrees and should be replaced with another as soon as the mask feels damp to the touch.

Where should I buy them from?

A lot of local supermarkets are now catching onto the trends and are catching ad hoc sales with the unfortunate person who has forgotten their mask.  In addition, Amazon, garden centres, shopping centres & many local businesses will have some supplies for smaller purchases.

For larger volumes, always check that the company is a reputable supplier.  Many companies have a “Who we work with” page, so it’s a good idea to check this out.  Always look for EN certification and always ask for a spec sheet.

Doing your bit

Did you do your bit and wear a mask?

Did you do your bit and wear a mask?

In 1915, a now famous WWI recruitment poster was released saying “Daddy, what did YOU do in the Great War?”  Today, this could be echoed as “Reader, what did YOU do to help Covid-19?”

Will you be proud of your answer?

It might only be small, but wearing a mask when out and about is a small but very important thing that you can do to help flatten the curve and stamp out the virus.

So stay home where you can, wear a mask and stay safe.

Remember, together we’re stronger.


And if you need to know more about masks, please just get in touch

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As we all head back to work, keeping safe will be in everyone’s thoughts. Many will be asking what will life be like at work after lock down? Is it safe? What risk assessments have been done? What changes can be expected and what would many hope to see? Covid 19 has completely changed how we approach life and simple things like the commute to work now needs planning and protective equipment. Reassuring staff as they return that their welfare is key will be important. Employers will need to manage best practice by reminding customers and visitors to adhere to social distancing. These are just some of the new challenges ahead.

Life after lock down at the office

Have you noticed people queuing patiently outside shops? But once inside in a familiar setting, maintaining the required 2 meter distance seems quickly forgotten? It’s the same for the office. Reminding staff to change habits will be a challenge. Yes they might have all read the risk assessments but when it comes to entering the shared staff canteen or kitchen to grab a coffee, it’s easily forgotten.

While there are those individuals with a more relaxed attitude, employers will also have to find a way to navigate round those staff who are anxious about returning to work. In a recent survey of shop workers, only 19% stated they felt safe at work and that was down to their employer supplying adequate PPE.

There are lots of things an employer can do to keep teams alert and moving safely round your premises.

Keeping Covid 19 front of mind

Social distancing floor sticker

Social distancing Wall & Floor Sticker

Whilst we would all probably like to forget about the start to 2020, keeping what has happened front of mind will reduce the risk of the resurgence of Coronavirus. There are a number of visual reminders that you can use such as floor and wall stickers. There are many standard versions and also bespoke options to suit your particular set up.

With the anti-slip example shown here, this could be used on either floors and walls. Other examples can have other specific instructions again depending on your requirements. Warning floor tape can also do the job and these again can have a bespoke message.

When it comes to open plan offices and protecting staff at their desks, screens are a quick solution. As they are transparent, they don’t cause a physical barrier with multi-functional teams. There is still the opportunity for safe collaborative working. These can be available in different colours and branded options too.

Products for protection against Covid 19

Virakleen Coronavirus Sanitiser

Virakleen Coronavirus Sanitiser

These measures will help with changing habits but to keep everyone safe, the encouragement of good hand hygiene is absolutely crucial. Setting up hand sanitising stations at entrances and exits and high traffic areas will certainly help. Making hand sanitiser readily available for your teams will reassure staff that you are thinking of their welfare. Pump top options are best as this limits contact and of course contact free dispensers offer a great solution.

Coming back to work after the long lock down also provides an opportunity to clean desks and put a good cleaning regimen in place. Set up a cleaning rota so everyone gets involved. Make sure to use a sanitiser that is specifically formulated against Covid 19. Ordinary antibacterial spray won’t be effective against Coronvirus. A product that has been really popular with our customers has been Virakleen which is a virucidal spray.  It can be used on hard surfaces as well as soft furnishings.

So these are just some of the things you can do to protect your team, giving them confidence that they are safe to return to work after lock down.

Working with a PPE supplier who can advise and help you get a safe system in place is a great place to start. We have a large range of products to get you up and running quickly, take a look here to see what you may need for your office:


Whether you’re buying face masks for your customers, your employees or for your family, it’s good to know that what you’re recommending or using is the right product for the job. With so many masks to choose from, it can be confusing to know which one will provide the level of protection you need. Face coverings have now been made compulsory on all public transport from 15th June when more people are expected go back to work. As non-essential shops reopen their doors, social distancing will be difficult at times on buses and trains. Currently less than four out ten people are using face masks on public transport, and fines will now be introduced for those who don’t comply. So, what’s the best face mask to buy as you, your family, your employees and your customers head back to work?

Face masks to stop the spread of Covid 19

The guidance stipulates a face covering which can be made at home or even the use of a scarf. These solutions do come with a drawback. A simple face covering will have to be washed at over 60 degrees after each use to kill any virus on the material.  You would have to go work armed with quite a few home made coverings. They would need to be changed frequently on long journeys and certainly after each commute. Also, with the recent hot weather  combined with busy tube trains, home made coverings or scarves might not be the most comfortable to wear. By far, the easiest and most convenient way to prevent the spread of the virus would have to be manufactured face masks. These are lightweight, comfortable and disposable after every use, limiting transmission.

Which face mask is best and how to avoid a fake?

Type 1 Face Mask

The Type 1 Face Mask

So with just over a week to get prepared, what is the best face mask for the daily commute? With confusing acronyms such as KN95, FFP2, 3 ply, Type IIR, FFP3, Type 1 – which is best? With surgical and medical masks needed for front line workers, the basic Type 1 mask would be the best choice.  It provides protection against the transmission of Covid 19 and is a 3 ply mask. And just to get a bit technical, they have been tested to a bacterial filtration efficiency of 95%.

It’s really important that you purchase your masks from a reputable company. The market has been flooded with fakes which puts lives at risk. Using a company that has a great reputation and has been selling PPE for some time, rather than one who has just started during this time is best. Asking for certification is also a good idea as well as just picking up the phone and chatting to your supplier will give you reassurance as to whether they are knowledgeable and genuine.

The New Normal

And as you head back to work (whether it’s on public transport or not), welcome your teams back at the office, or prepare to supply your customers – the work does not stop there! Keeping safe at work with good hand hygiene, using hand sanitiser, surface cleaning and safe distancing tools will all be important as we adjust to the new normal. To look at our range of PPE, check out our dedicated web section here:

For for more bespoke options or to ask for advice and help, you can contact us at [email protected], hop onto our live chat or give us a call on 0845 0845 075 6111.