Germ-a-phobes know there are more than a few microbes that can get to you on an airplane. In fact, the dry air in airplanes causes humans to be especially hospitable to invasions of bacteria.
Granitize Aviation of South Gate, Calif., a manufacturer of detailing products, brought its anti-microbial cabin cleaner, Xmicrobe, to NBAA 2014. The company is known for manufacturing Xzilon, a corrosion inhibitor for bare metal and paint protection. Xmicrobe is one of its most recent products and is designed to be an effective cleaner of almost all microorganisms that can live in aircraft cabin interiors. Research revealed that bacteria such as methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and E. coli can live for up to 168 hours and 96 hours, respectively, on surfaces such as seats, upholstery and leather, toilet flusher buttons, armrests, multimedia entertainment buttons and window shades.
Xmicrobe is designed to rapidly decontaminate all of these surfaces. A large cabin interior can be treated by a trained professional cleaning crew inside of three hours, for a cost of around $2,000, according to Stephen Clark, the marketing director for Immaculate Flight. His company has already applied the product in several business jets.