By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: Health & Fitness | Issue: January 2009
Black Hat Cleaning Services has been a family owned and operated business for more than 30 years. Pictured: David CR, David E., Matthew, Lillie and Cecilia (daughters of Patience) in front of the company truck.
It’s definitely that time of year – you and nearly everyone you know have been sick recently. Family members, friends and co-workers are coughing, wheezing and sniffling all throughout the day.
According to David CR Harris, co-owner of Black Hat Cleaning Services in Tulsa, a common culprit of illness is cross-contamination at home and in the office. People share microwaves, printers, copy machines, phones and doorknobs, and they bring their germs to an object each time they touch it. David suggests using BioShield®75 as a prevention technique for cross-contamination, as well as mold, odors and stains. David is licensed to apply BioShield in commercial and residential markets. The Black Hat team also recommends having the air ducts in your home cleaned to avoid illness caused by breathing dirty air.
“The average six-room home circulates about 40 pounds of dirt and dust a year,” says David E. Harris, founder of Black Hat Cleaning Services. “These dirty materials circulate through your air ducts and vents and contaminate the air you breathe. If vents are dirty, dusty, clogged or contaminated, you may be susceptible to allergies and infections.” It is important to have air ducts cleaned every three years or less.
Another illness prevention technique Black Hat recommends is BioShield 75.
“The biggest reason to use BioShield is to prevent cross-contamination and illness,” says David CR. “The goal is to have fewer people ill.” BioShield is effective in repelling a wide array of microbes, including Staphylococcus aureus, E. coli, various Salmonella strains, black mold, athlete’s foot, influenza A, and skin infections, to name a few.
BioShield is an antimicrobial spray that gives surfaces an added level of protection against damaging microbes such as bacteria, yeasts, molds, mildew and fungi. It can be used on both porous and non-porous surfaces, including desks, carpet, walls, ceilings, electronics, doorknobs and more.
BioShield is not a chemical process, but a mechanical one. “Imagine BioShield as a bed of nails,” says David CR. “These microscopic ‘nails’ puncture the cellular wall of microorganisms such as bacteria, giving the bacteria no chance to survive. It begins to work as soon as the microorganism comes into contact with the product surface; whatever lands on BioShield will die immediately. With chemicals, bacteria have the chance to become a superbug, or microbes that build up a resistance to treatment.”
BioShield is safe, will not hurt people or their pets, and is registered with the EPA for all applications in which it is used. “It uses nanotechnology,” explains David CR. “The cells in mammals are much larger and are unaffected by the microscopic cells in BioShield.”
Another benefit to BioShield is that it helps make surfaces easier to clean and keeps them sanitized between cleanings. “Before it is applied for the first time, you’ll want to give the surface a really good scrubbing. After it has been applied, you simply use some soap and water to clean the area until it is time to reapply, which is at least 90 days.”
BioShield can also be applied to air ducts after they have been professionally cleaned. The product is reapplied to air ducts every two years, due to the lack of friction in them.
Hot spots, such as refrigerator handles, the computer mouse and keyboard, television remotes, and doorknobs, need to be reapplied with BioShield every three months. Non-hot spots, including walls and ceilings, should be reapplied every six months.
Black Hat Cleaning Services is truly a family owned and operated business. David E. Harris opened the company in 1977. Today he operates it with his two sons, David CR and Jeremiah, and two daughters, Patience and Michelle. They offer BioShield, air duct cleaning, chimney and dryer vent cleaning and replacement, and more. Give them a call at (918) 747-1510 to find out more. Also look for their commercials airing on FOX23 and UPN 41.
Sheryl Sowell was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. She graduated from Will Rogers High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Northeastern State University in 2007. She has worked for Value News as editor, writer and advertising copywriter since 2008. She enjoys meeting and interviewing people for Value News articles, learning about their backgrounds, and helping to promote their businesses and local events. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new recipes and crafts from Pinterest, attending concerts and sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. Sheryl lives in Tulsa with her fiancé Paul, their daughter Scarlett, and their two dogs, Gunner and Boo.