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1. WO2017091354 - APPARATUS AND SYSTEM FOR AIR-BORNE CLEANING OF SURFACES

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In the Claims

1. A method of cleaning surfaces of an interior cabin space of a contamination comprising a microbial and viral load, the method comprising the steps of:

sealing the interior cabin space;

placing water and a formulation comprising a solid or gel pack into a container of an apparatus;

agitating the water within a container of the apparatus causing the solid or gel pack to release a gaseous cleaning agent;

generating an air-borne spray from a nozzle in a lid of the container, the lid knocking out at least some entrained liquid from the air-borne spray prior to exit of the air-borne spray from the nozzle, the air-borne spray exiting from the container and spreading into the interior cabin space to coat surfaces within the interior cabin space; and

allowing the cabin to remain closed for an effective time period while the coating from the air-borne spray dwells on the interior of the surfaces to eliminate or substantially reduce the load of the contamination.

2. The method of Claim 1, wherein the step of sealing the interior cabin space comprises closing doors, windows and air vents of an air circulation system of a vehicle cabin.

3. The method of Claim 1, wherein the step of placing the formulation comprises placing a solid or gel pak comprising chlorine dioxide.

4. The method of Claim 1, wherein the step of sealing the interior cabin space comprises closing doors, windows and air vents of an air circulation system of a vehicle cabin; and further comprises turning on an air circulation system of the cabin.

5. The method of Claim 1, wherein the step of allowing the cabin to remain closed while the coating from the air-borne spray dwells on the interior of the surfaces to eliminate or substantially reduce the remove or reduce the load of the contamination is for an effective time period of at least 15 minutes.

6. The method of Claim 1, further comprising using a detector to determine a concentration of the gaseous cleaning agent in the air within the interior cabin space, and opening the cabin when the concentration is at a safe level.

7. The method of Claim 6, wherein the step of using a detector comprises observing an indicator of the apparatus that indicates a safe level of concentration of the gaseous cleaning agent.

8. The method of Claim 1, wherein the motor of the apparatus is powered by a rechargeable battery.

9. The method of Claim 1, wherein the apparatus is powered by connection to a power outlet located within the cabin space.

10. The method of Claim 1, wherein the apparatus is sized to fit inside a cup-holder inside the cabin space.

11. The method of Claim 1, wherein the step of agitating is initiated remotely.

12. The method of Claim 1, wherein the step of allowing the cabin to remain closed while the coating from the air-borne spray dwells on the interior of the surfaces to eliminate or substantially reduce the remove or reduce the load of the contamination is for an effective time period of up to about 8 hours.

13. The method of Claim 1, wherein the step of allowing the cabin to remain closed while the coating from the air-borne spray dwells on the interior of the surfaces to eliminate or substantially reduce the remove or reduce the load of the contamination, further includes removing odors from the cabin interior.

14. A method of cleaning a cabin interior of a car, truck, SUV or tractor-trailer rig of a microbial or viral contamination, the method comprising the steps of:

placing a portable apparatus comprising a container in the cabin;

closing the cabin;

starting an air recirculation system of the cabin;

causing agitation in the container of the portable apparatus to generate a gaseous cleaning agent from a formulation in the container;

emitting an air-borne spray of the gaseous cleaning agent from the container;

maintaining the cabin closed while allowing a coating of the gaseous cleaning agent to dwell on interior surfaces within the closed cabin for an effective time to reduce a microbial and viral load on the interior surfaces.

15. The method of Claim 14, wherein the step of closing the cabin includes sealing the interior cabin space by closing doors, windows and air vents of an air circulation system of a vehicle cabin.

16. The method of Claim 14, wherein the step of adding a formulation includes adding a solid chemical or gel pak comprising chlorine dioxide.

The method of Claim 14, wherein the step of maintaining the cabin closed to reduce the microbial and viral load is for an effective time period of at least 15 minutes.

18. The method of Claim 14, further comprising using a detector to determine a concentration of the gaseous cleaning agent in the air within the interior cabin space, and opening the cabin when the concentration is at a safe level.

The method of Claim 18, wherein the step of using a detector comprises observing an indicator of the apparatus that indicates a safe level of concentration of the gaseous cleaning agent.

The method of Claim 14, wherein the apparatus is powered by a rechargeable battery.

21. The method of Claim 14, wherein the apparatus is powered by connection to a power outlet located within the cabin space.

The method of Claim 14, wherein the step of maintaining the cabin closed to reduce the microbial and viral load is for an effective time period of up to about 8 hours.

The method of Claim 14, wherein the step of maintaining the cabin closed while the coating from the air-borne spray dwells on the interior of the surfaces, further includes removing odors from the cabin interior.

24. A system for cleaning a cabin interior of a car, truck, SUV or tractor-trailer rig of a microbial or viral contamination, the system comprising:

sealing the cabin from the outside environment and starting an air recirculation system of the cabin;

selecting a portable apparatus to place inside the cabin interior, the apparatus comprising:

a container having therein water with a formulation comprising a solid or a gel pak that releases a gaseous cleaning agent into the container;

a motor to provide energy to cause formation of a vortex of the water in the container;

a lid sized and configured to releasably and sealingly engage an open end of the container, the lid having a liquid baffle therein and a nozzle extending from the lid through which the gaseous cleaning agent passes into the cabin while the lid knocks out entrained liquid from gaseous cleaning agent emitting out of the nozzle; and

maintaining the cabin closed while allowing a coating of the gaseous cleaning agent to dwell for an effective time to reduce a microbial and viral load on interior surfaces within the closed cabin.

25. The system of Claim 24, wherein the apparatus is sized to fit inside a cup-holder inside the cabin space and the motor of the apparatus is powered by connection to a power outlet located within the cabin space.

The system of Claim 24, wherein the apparatus includes a detector and indicator to indicate when a concentration of the gaseous cleaning agent has reduced to a safe level.

The system of Claim 24, wherein a step of activating the motor of the apparatus is carried out remotely.

The system of Claim 24, wherein the step of maintaining the cabin closed while allowing a coating of the gaseous cleaning agent to dwell for an effective time, includes an effective time in the range from about 10 to about 30 minutes.

The system of Claim 24, wherein the step of maintaining the cabin closed while allowing a coating of the gaseous cleaning agent to dwell for an effective time to reduce a microbial and viral load on interior surfaces within the closed cabin, further includes removing odors from the cabin interior.

The system of Claim 24, wherein the step of maintaining the cabin closed while allowing a coating of the gaseous cleaning agent to dwell for an effective time includes maintaining the cabin closed for up to about 8 hours.

The system of Claim 24, wherein the container includes therein an impeller driven by the motor.