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9HO Screen Protectors: 9H Hardness Defined and Tested

July 8, 2020 | By Jolynn Paige

Photodon's Touche brand super scratch resistant screen protective film

Photodon's highly scratch-resistant oleophobic 9HO screen protective film is a rockstar in Photodon’s film lineup. Not only is it one of the most scratch resistant films available on the market, it is extremely clear, with a glass-like finish. It’s easy to clean, affordable and —  unlike tempered glass — it's shatterproof.

But what exactly does 9H mean in terms of scratch resistance?

9H Explained:

There are many ways testing labs will evaluate the hardness of a given material. One common way is to test a surface with minerals of varying degrees of hardness to determine if it will scratch a surface. Another way is A box of pencils used by artists showing hardness factor levels.to use pencils that are on a hardness scale that ranges from 2H to 9H. The higher the number, the harder the lead.

The most commonly used pencils are 2H on the hardness scale — not very hard. You may notice that if you use much pressure on a #2 pencil tip, the tip will break easily. Many artists will use 9H pencils — the hardest pencil grade available — so their pencils don't break as they draw.

Photodon's 9H Hardness Test:

One way Photodon’s screen protectors were tested was by using pencil hardness methods as set forth by the highly reputable American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) International Standards. Photodon’s 9HO film surface was evaluated for its ability to withstand scratches using these graded pencils.

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Free Screen Protector Offer

June 30, 2020 | By Jolynn Paige

You scratch our back, we'll scratch yours.  How does that sound? 

Here's the deal.  None of us here at Photodon are digital artists, but some of our best customers are.  With so many film types in our line-up, we need help reviewing our films to see which ones work best with drawing tablets. 

While we receive loads of 5-star reviews from the likes of Wacom, Huion, and Microsoft Surface Pro customers (just to name a few), we would like to get a couple of interested artists to test our films and give us their feedback.  In exchange, we'll send out one free drawing tablet screen protector to each of the testers. 

Here's how this will work: 

We are offering this to the first three people who live in the United States that contact us. 

 You will need to: 

  1. Contact sales@photodon.com explaining your interest in helping us out. 
  1. Provide our sales team with your complete contact information and device you will be testing on. 
  1. Photodon will send 3"x5" samples which are clearly labeled with the various film types. 
  1. Photodon will send out a questionnaire for those first three testers to answer. 
  1. Once the questionnaire is filled out, you'll need to contact Photodon and let us know what film type you prefer and what device you would like your complimentary screen protector for (valued up to $90) and voila you’re happy and we’re happy! 

That's it. 

Please note: If we do not have the make and model number of your drawing tablet, we'd be happy to make a custom screen protector for you, because custom is what we do! 

While we do our fair share of monkeying around here in Northern Michigan, we are bulldogs when it comes to making sure our customers get the very best screen protectors on the market. 

Protect Your Employees and Your Expensive Equipment With Anti-Microbial Screen Protectors

June 10, 2020 | By Jolynn Paige

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the workplace for the unforeseeable future, and Photodon is here to help our business partners protect their digital equipment and themselves with our durable anti-microbial screen protectors. Digital equipment in the workplace – timeclocks, office computer screens, informational kiosks, cafeteria ordering screens – any screen that employees touch – can be protected from damage caused by disinfectants by using a screen protector.

Why do we need anti-microbial films?
Now, more than ever, keeping digital surfaces free from bacteria and viruses is essential in the workplace.  While our anti-microbial film (AMC) does not kill viruses, it does kill 99%+ of bacteria that hits the surface, which gives companies an added level of confidence that they are providing a safe environment for their employees.

Instead of bacteria accumulating and multiplying on the screen surface, anti-microbial screen protectors drastically reduce the risk of transmission of common bacterial infections such as strep, e. coli, and salmonella.  When these micro-organisms hit the surface of our AMC film, the zinc in the surface layer of the screen protector creates an uninhabitable environment for bacteria.  SGS Test Report for Photodon Anti-Microbial AMC

How does Photodon’s anti-microbial film hold up to disinfecting type cleaners?
Anti-microbial screen protectors can be cleaned with disinfectant cleaners used in implementing rigorous workplace disinfecting procedures.  While we are unable to say exactly how long one of our screen protectors will withstand regular cleaning with harsh chemicals, we do know that replacing the screen protector is much less expensive than replacing the device screen itself.  We have repeatedly heard from companies about how expensive and unproductive it is when their digital equipment gets damaged from heavy usage or improper cleaning. We also hear from them how happy they have been with the results of using our screen protectors.  There is no doubt that we are helping them save time and money.

Photodon’s Anti-Microbial Screen Protector features:

  • Kills 99+% of tested bacteria
  • Protects your device screen from harsh cleaning products
  • Reduces absenteeism
  • Is recommended for all devices, especially ones in medical-type facilities
  • Has a glass-like smooth touch
  • Has an oleophobic coating for easy cleaning
  • Retains all touch-screen features, even when wearing rubber gloves
  • Is highly transparent
  • Does not cause damage to the screen due to silicone adhesion 
  • Is easily removable with no residue
  • Is available on any device up to 82.5" with 16:9 aspect ratio

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How does Photodon anti-microbial film work?

Zinc Oxide is embedded in the polyethylene terephthalate (PET) protective film.

 

Zinc Oxide damages the bacterial cell membranes, thus preventing them from reproducing and destroying them on contact.

Why Choose Photodon AMC Anti-Microbial Screen Protectors?
Our anti-microbial screen protectors are free of any harmful chemicals and compounds, they are tough once installed but easily removable with no damage to the screen, and they and can retain anti-microbial properties indefinitely with normal cleaning. They are effective in eliminating over 99% of bacteria (pathogens). Our films are also cost-effective and durable.  We can custom cut any shape and size anti-microbial film (up to 82.5 inches) with no minimum order quantity, fast turn-around time, and discounts on bulk and multi-piece orders.  When you work with Photodon, you know you will be working with a team of professionals dedicated to helping you with all your digital screen protection needs.

 

Microfiber Cloths for Industry

May 15, 2020 | By Mandy Peterson

There are many applications for Photodon Microfiber Cloths in the industrial world.  Cloths for screens, displays, smooth and rough surfaces, or fine and detailed applications. We're confident that you will find the weave to match your needs. We offer several different cloth options for you to choose from. We also offer microfiber promotional options if you'd like to promote your industry in a unique way.

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10 Reasons Why You Should Be Using Microfiber to Clean

April 29, 2020 | By Mandy Peterson

Microfiber cloths:

  • are non-abrasive: Looped microfiber is ideal for gently "buffing" dirt off from delicate surfaces such as glass or screens.
  • are lint-free (in most cases).
  • give a streak-free clean. The average "normal" cleaning rag pushes dust and dirt around, causing smearing.
  • do not scratch surfaces.
  • grab dust/grime particles.
  • soak away liquid (even oil) with fantastic wicking action.
  • become electrostatically charged, which also helps attract/remove dust, hair, and little "fuzzies."
  • dry quickly because of their special loop weave. In fact, this material dries in one-third the time of ordinary cleaning cloths.
  • are absorbent. Microfiber holds up to seven times its weight in liquid. With a couple of firm wrings, this impressive material is ready to mop up until the mess is gone.
  • are washable and reusable (washable up to 500 times).

Flat weave versus looped weave:

Microfiber is a blend of two synthetic material types: polyesters and polyamides, and there are two different ways that microfiber is woven together. One is the "flat" weave and the other is a "looped" weave.

Flat weave: This weave repels water and is used in the textile industry for making water-resistant clothing and accessories such as watchbands. This type of microfiber – and any other type of fabric which is similarly woven –  is not ideal for use as a cleaning cloth since it will only push particles around and not absorb them.

A super-magnified view of flat-woven microfiber.

Looped weave: To be useful for cleaning, microfiber must be separated during processing. This method consists of splitting the polyester (the scrubbing fiber) from the polyamide (the absorbing and quick-drying fiber). Once the microfiber is split, the fibers are woven into a fabric. The percentage of material normally consists of 70% to 80% polyester and 20% to 30% polyamide, depending on the style of fabric construction.

The polyester and polyamide are then combined during weaving to create hundreds of thousands of microscopic "loops." This web-like formation of "loops" grabs dust, grime, dirt, and oil and traps it within the weave, making this material one of the safest cleaning tools to use.  

A super-magnified view of looped weave microfiber.

What makes loop-weaved microfiber so superior for cleaning?

Microfiber cloths are green and eco-friendly because they can be re-washed with a mild detergent in the washing machine and can even be placed into the dryer. Fabric softener should never be used with microfiber cloths because it weakens the static charge of the filaments and reduces the effectiveness.

Also available on the Photodon website:

Sample Cloth Packs for trying a few microfiber cloths without a large commitment.

Silky Microsoft Cleaning Kit

Promotional Microfiber Cloths

Photodon offers many different weaves of microfiber cloths. From cloths to clean lenses and smaller screens to cloths for cleaning larger screens like computer monitors and TVs, there is a microfiber cloth for every purpose. There are also general-purpose cloths that work great on other surfaces.

Please email sales@photodon.com for more information or fill out our quote form for more information.

Different Uses for Microfiber Cloths

April 18, 2020 | By Mandy Peterson

As far as my favorite cleaning tools go, Microfiber Cloths are right up there with my vacuum!

If you missed my last blog: Why you *should* be using Microfiber to clean, take a second to read over what makes a Microfiber Cloth so efficient. Visit our Microfiber Cloths page to learn more.

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Traverse City, MI Small Biz Makes Face Shields To Help Save Lives

April 1, 2020 | By Jolynn Paige

When owner Don Basch listened to Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Michigan’s Governor, address to citizens on March 23, 2020, he, along with everyone else in the state, heard the news that all non-essential businesses were ordered to close their doors until at least April 13th.  That night, Don went home, got on the internet, and researched what he could do to help protect the medical and emergency responder professionals in his Traverse City community. 

Don Basch, owner of Photodon, pictured wearing a personal protection mask he made.
Don Basch, owner.

“I found a local group that shared Google doc showing PPE items that hospitals are needing to help keep doctors and nurses protected.  One of the items was face shields with a suggested design.”  Don went to the Photodon shop and got to work making a shield using some materials he had in stock. After tinkering with the shield pattern, he constructed the first shield.  He also ordered some additional supplies needed to make the shields.   

Photodon shop worker assembling personal protective gear to help medical workers during the coronavirus epidemic.
Angela W. assembling personal protective face shields to help medical and other emergency personnel during the coronavirus pandemic.

“We now have supplies on hand to make about 1,500 shields,” Don said.  Photodon plans to provide as many shields as they can and currently have face shields ready to deliver.  “We just want to do what we can to help with what we are capable of doing,” Don said.   

Interested organizations should contact Photodon by emailing sales@photodon.com The masks are available for purchase on Photodon's website: Face Sheild for Full Face Protection

Photodon's screen protectors can be cleaned with disinfectants and bleach.

Screen Protectors That Can Be Cleaned with Bleach and Sanitizers During the Coronavirus Pandemic

March 19, 2020 | By Jolynn Paige

What Hospitals Need to Know About Our Products  

Now that the coronavirus has arrived, electronic devices are being cleaned regularly, especially ones used in medical facilities.  To ensure these devices are cleaned properly, hospital-grade type disinfectants are being used directly on expensive digital screens which, if not protected, can cause damage to the screen.  Our screen protectors hold up to harsh chemicals and can save your device screen’s life.  Below you’ll see what we did to prove this.  

  
The Test – 6HS and MXH Screen Protectors and Anti-Bacterial Cleaning Solutions: 

Our Photodon lab technicians created a bleach test to see how our 6HS and MXH protective films would hold up to being regularly cleaned with hospital-grade Clorox Bleach Germicidal Wipes. 

We used a standard office monitor and wiped down the screens two times daily with the bleach wipes for a period of 30 days.  The results were clear:  the screen protectors' clarity and protection were not compromised, which means the screen itself was not either! 


Features and Specifications of Photodon’s 6HS and MXH Screen Protectors: 

Our screen protectors can be part of your company’s cost-reduction program by avoiding the need to replace expensive screens, whether it be for medical equipment screens that can be damaged by regular and necessary cleaning requirements especially at this time, to manufacturing-type devices, laptops, monitors, TVs, or any other device screen. 

Our 6HS and MXH Materials: 

  • Are resistant to yellowing, even when cleaned with harsh chemicals 
  • Are touchscreen-compatible 
  • Are an affordable solution 
  • Are great protection for your screen and offer different finishes.  6HS is a clear, glass-like option, where MXH offers an anti-glare, matte finish 
  • Protect your devices from scratches and blunt force impact 
  • Withstand daily wipe-downs with hospital-grade disinfectants, including bleach wipes 
  • Can be custom-cut for any device (up to 40.5” tall) 
  • Are easily removable with no residue left on the screen 
  • Come with installation kits and detailed instructions for an easier installation 

Photodon’s Advice: 

Replace the screen protector:  Not the screen. 

While we have not tested our other films, we believe that our other screen protector film types would respond the same way if tested with the bleach wipes. Should chemicals degrade the PET material over time, it can be inexpensively replaced, while the same cannot be said of replacing the actual device screen. 

The Bottom Line: 

Touchscreen use is increasing in medical-type environments from patients using equipment to check in and check out, to doctors, nurses, lab technicians, and other staff.  It pleases us to know that we can provide a high-quality, affordable option for protecting these heavily used and expensive devices. We specialize in custom solutions and offer 9 film types and privacy filters. We have quick turn-around times and will work with you to get you what you need when you need it! 

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