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QLD gets hi-tech chemical-free, corona-killer

SanitiseMen CEO Gerard Murtagh said he had secured scarce supplies of the TGA-approved liquid sanitiser Zoono Z-71 Microbe Shield, which has been proven to kill more than 99.99% of bacteria and viruses* including feline coronavirus (the globally recognised surrogate for COVID-19).

Mr Murtagh said Zoono Z-71 was unlike any other disinfectant because it created an invisible surface shield that killed germs for up to 30 days.

“Many companies offer chemical cleaning but this is the only sanitising treatment that is non-toxic and prevents cross-contamination for up to 30 days,” Mr Murtagh said.

“It’s water-based with a special microbial additive so, after being sprayed on, Zoono Z-71 bonds with any surface – leaving a protective layer which can’t be wiped off with normal cleaning.”

Research shows coronaviruses can remain infectious for up to five days on metal, glass, paper and ceramic and nine days on plastic.[i] The COVID-19 virus can survive 24 hours on cardboard and 72 hours on stainless steel or plastic surfaces.[ii]

“Zoono bursts and kills the virus cells, so they can’t keep infecting people,” Mr Murtagh explained. “It prevents cross-contamination.”

Brisbane business owner Dan Palmer wanted to strengthen health and safety measures at his supermarket and fresh produce store, the Hawthorne Garage.

“We’re an essential service and open every day, so it’s another vital to step to protect our staff and customers and reduce the risk of spread,” Mr Palmer said.

“Using the world’s best virus-killing sanitiser provides an extra layer of defence and it only has to be reapplied once a month.

“We are in unchartered waters so employing SanitiseMen to apply Zoono means as a food retailer we’re doing everything we can to make our staff and customers safe. It certainly helps put our minds at rest.”

Global demand for Zoono’s antimicrobial products has exploded since the COVID-19 outbreak and the Auckland-based manufacturer has been forced to limit new orders.

“Hospitals, aged care and medical centres around the world are jumping on Zoono because it’s effective and environmentally friendly,” Mr Murtagh said.

“It’s also food safe, so perfect for retailers, offices, schools, playgrounds and public transport.”


Zoono Z-71 Microbe Shield is made of purified, de-ionized water and an antimicrobial compound. It is sprayed or wiped on to a surface and leaves behind a mono-molecular layer that permanently bonds to the surface.

These molecules are antimicrobial, silane based polymers that covalently bond to the surface forming a barrier of positively charged microscopic pins. The positively charged microscopic pins attract and pierce negatively charged pathogens. The pins rupture the cell walls. This causes the pathogen to break up with lethal effect.

The layer of molecular antimicrobial pins carries on working for up to 30 days on surfaces. Routine cleaning can continue and does not disrupt the Zoono molecule or its antimicrobial activity.

Zoono was approved in 2012 by the Therapeutic Goods Authority (TGA) and New Zealand Food Safety Authority (NZFSA) and in 2015 by the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

More info:

Zoono Therapeutic Goods Administration Approval -


SanitiseMen is providing Zoono treatments for commercial, residential, industrial and public spaces across south-east Queensland and northern NSW.

SanitiseMen is a Queensland-owned family business based on the Gold Coast. It was established in 2011 by entrepreneur Gerard Murtagh.

It is a division of The Men Group, which includes MouldMen, PestMen and InspectMen.

Their mission is: Protecting lives by creating healthier homes and workplaces.

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*Tests were conducted by Microbiological Solutions Limited under the European Standard 14476, which specifies minimum requirements for chemical disinfectant and antiseptic products.

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