Should we run Arc behind the bar?
Yes. UV-C not only prevents mold from growing but also inactivates mold and bacteria that can still exist despite the most militant of cleaning efforts. We recommend running UV-C cycles behind the bar regularly.
We have a valuable wine + spirits collection. Will it affect what’s inside the bottle at all?
No, UV-C cannot penetrate glass. It is safe to use around glass bottles of all types and will not affect what’s inside the bottle.
Can UV-C damage exposed ingredients in my kitchen?
Your inert food products will not be affected by exposure to UV-C. However, when active ingredients are exposed to UV-C, the microorganisms will be deactivated. For example, products like yeast, cultured butter, and yogurt all contain active microorganisms that are a key component of their makeup. UV-C inactivates these microorganisms so ensure that these products are inside containers or removed from the kitchen before running a cycle. Other examples of foods with active cultures include kimchi, tempeh, and pickles.
Will UV-C affect garnishes on the bar?
Similar to food, UV-C will not affect garnishes out on the bar.
Will UV-C light effect or damage upholstery or solid materials (wood, cement, etc.)?
Arc delivers enough energy to inactivate microorganisms, but not to produce any noticeable, measurable, or meaningful degradation of upholstery or furniture. UV-C is not strong enough to damage furniture, carpets, or drapes (similar to how it is unable to penetrate glass). The Arc’s short cycle times (5-10 minutes) will not accelerate color fading either.
That being said, please keep anything you are worried about fading at least 3 feet away from the Arc while it is running a cycle, to reduce any risk of fading.