The Mikey Box is NOT intended to clean cell phones, credit cards,
sun glasses, purses and other personal items.
Hard surfaced items are best sterilized by traditional means (Isopropyl alcohol and other germicidal wipes, soap & water, autoclaving, etc.).
Please refer to your institution’s and product manufacturer for standard decontaminating methods.
Design - This Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation (UVGI) enclosure is specifically engineered to provide sufficient UV-C energy to inactivate most viruses, bacteria and spores on Filtering Facial Respirators (aka N95 masks). See Appendix A for UV-C kill-rates of common pathogens.
To achieve desired inactivation of pathogens, this unit must be: 1) constructed utilizing the materials listed in the material list; 2) constructed according to the fabrication plans below; and 3) operated according to the operating instructions. Deviations in materials, fabrication, and/or operation may alter how the unit performs and reduce efficacy.
Limitations - Because UV-C light is easily blocked and unable to penetrate most materials, this small-enclosure UVGI device cannot accommodate larger PPE items (e.g. surgical gowns, powered air purifying respirators, etc.) or any item with deep fabric folds, crevices and/or deeply shadowed surfaces. FFR’s soiled by liquids, secretions and other potentially contaminated matter must be discarded.
Please contact us if you decide to build a Mikey Box.
This way we can keep you promptly updated on testing and validation data. We will not sell your data, nor spam you with junk mail. We will just notify you of information that is specific to the safety and efficacy of the Mikey Box.
Everything, except for the UV lamps and ballasts, can be purchased at a hardware store.
Some materials can be substituted (e.g. "Chicken wire" vs. 1/2" hardware cloth, fasteners, etc).
Other items are critical (aluminum foil, 5 gallon bucket) and must be used.
Please click the below Material Sheet button to access the list.
The distinct odor you notice when you open the Mikey Box after operation is not harmful.
UV germicidal irradiation basically zaps everything in the chamber that the light touches. Dust in the air is zapped too. A high percentage of dust (~80%) is actually aerial "rafts" of human skin. What you're smelling are the volatile organic compounds released after dust has been irradiated. It is not harmful and can be reduced by airing out the N95 filtering facial respirator for a few minutes before use.