Although UVC technology is new to the sports turf industry, it is not new to many other industries that now rely on it for sanitation.
UV light in the form of germicidal lamps has been used since the late 1880s to kill the microorganisms such as bacteria, mold, yeast, and viruses. Niels Ryberg Finsen is first to employ UV rays in treating disease. He is awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1903.
Developed heavily in the 1960s, UVC technology is now the primary solution when combating micro-organisms. Air, water, and foods are treated every day across the US to secure these important supplies safely and economically.
GreensGroomer Worldwide has adapted this technology to effectively treat sports turf surfaces, locker rooms, weight rooms, and other high-impact areas with the GreenZapr and miniZapr. The key to this development is that facilities now have a simple, cost-effective way to sterilize surfaces. Harmful microorganisms such as MRSA and HIV are destroyed at the DNA level, making UVC treatment the only sensible method.
Treating surfaces with basic detergents, which many sanitation programs use, is simply ineffective. The more robust chemical treatments rely on dangerous chemicals, which are harmful to the environment and expensive to employ.
The GreenZapr and miniZapr represent a single capital investment that literally works for decades without repairs or parts. This allows facilities managers to define pre and post-event programs that eliminate risk and maximize safety.
Anti-Microbial and UVC Analysis (pdf)
Brief History and Explanations of UVC (pdf)
Penn State Study on Effectiveness of UVC on Sports Turf (pdf)