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L.A. Coatings, is known for their two-step cleaning process. First, they spray a non-toxic, hospital-grade disinfectant electrostatically; then they apply an antimicrobial coating (supplied photo)

These days, it’s all about mitigating risk.

Whatever business you’re in, whichever settings you frequent, you want peace of mind that your immediate environment is clean and safe, and that your health and welfare have been carefully considered.

Bill Freudenberg’s business, L.A. Coatings, is known for their two-step cleaning process. First, they spray a non-toxic, hospital-grade disinfectant electrostatically; then they apply an antimicrobial coating. 

Based on the use of hypochlorous acid, the technology has been around since the 1840s and 50s, Freudenberg explains. “All it is water and salt with an electric charge. It is non-toxic and a hundred times stronger than bleach,” he says.

The technology has proven effective against a litany of pathogens and microorganisms including viruses, germs, bacteria, allergens, mold, fungi, algae, C. difficile and Mersa. Surfaces remain protected for 90 days at a time. “There’s 40 years of research showing that these products will kill pathogens,” says Freudenberg. 

The antimicrobials sprayed are green products. They contain no caustic chemicals, so they’re much safer than other options currently on the market. They’re non-toxic, so there’s no risk of respiratory harm, and they are 100% safe for pets and people, especially those with skin conditions or sensitivities.

The products are sprayed electrostatically and dry in just minutes. There is no worry of staining; other products often leave a stubborn and unappealing yellow tinge behind. There also aren’t any fumes, just a clean ozone scent. 

The applications are endless: malls, restaurants, hotels, airlines, banks, factories, offices, daycares, schools, universities, nursing homes, hospitals, medical facilities, gyms, sports stadiums, farms and food processing plants. The technology can reduce the amount of cross-contamination that can happen in a kitchen and help prevent the spread of salmonella. It can even help guard against hospital-acquired infections, such as Mersa and E. coli. 

It’s also useful anywhere mold is a concern. If a realtor is selling a house, this can be one of the services they offer. Basements often have a propensity for mold and this can stop the growth. 

The company already services three school districts and a number of daycare centres. The process they use differs from everyone else’s. A typical fast food restaurant, for example, can be disinfected and coated in just under an hour. It takes about 10-15 minutes to spray the disinfectant, which then dwells for about 10 minutes. The antimicrobial coating is then applied, and another 10-minute period for drying follows. 

There is no need for a long wait or to close your business overnight; all that’s required is the ten-minute dwell time after each step. Companies do need to clean first, wiping away any dust and debris so that surfaces can be treated effectively. “People can get back to work quickly. It’s very simple, efficient and cost-effective,” says Freudenberg. 

Another perk is the fair pricing: it’s typically cheaper than hiring a company who only offers disinfecting. The average customer pays under $500. Service every 90 days is ideal, but customers are never locked into contracts.

Courtney Love, Freudenberg’s business partner, is the director of player development for University of Kentucky Football. He’s had great personal success on the field, speaks with coaches often and is familiar with sports facilities of all sizes. “Mersa tends to reside in those types of spaces,” warns Love. He noticed that in their own weight room, a commonly used cleaning agent contained a number of different toxins. It was quickly degrading various surfaces, wearing down wood or causing materials to rust. 

Both Love and Freudenberg hail from Youngstown and embody the famed Youngstown Grit. Love’s father is a business owner there and L.A. Coatings grew out of the same environmental services space. 

“People say it takes a village,” says Love. “We’ve had a lot of different advice and many people helped us along the way. Being from Youngstown is what kept us going.”

The pair are dedicated to doing business with the highest standards of integrity and value nothing more than repeat business. 

Says Freudenberg, “We want to give people a Cadillac product and Cadillac customer service at a Honda Price.”

For more information, visit L.A. Coatings.

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