What is antimicrobial coating?
Antimicrobial coatings, or self-disinfecting coatings, are solutions with a binding component, that binds natural active compound materials onto coated surfaces, to protect high-touchpoint surface areas such as door handles, railings, light switches, basin taps, toilet seats against the growth of disease-causing bacteria and viruses. Antimicrobial coating is designed to act as a long-lasting barrier between surfaces and humans, protecting workers and consumers from the transmission of harmful bacteria and viruses.
Unlike antibacterial solutions, antimicrobial coating offers a wider spectrum of protection against the likes of bacteria, viruses and fungi.
How does antimicrobial coating work?
Surfaces coated with antimicrobial coatings, inhibit the growth of microbes by breaking the bacterial membrane and entrapping harmful microorganisms. Once antimicrobial coatings are applied, the effectiveness can typically last from six months to a year. For instance, premium antimicrobial products such as AirTumTec® have been tested to have a durability of at least 6 months, up to one year.
It is recommended to recoat surfaces with antimicrobial coating before its effects wear down.