The Alternative to Disinfection:

Following, we would like to exhibit how our antimicrobial surface coating is applied to achieve more hygiene in our everyday life. There are a couple of things that need to be taken care of before the application takes place: e.g. some safety precautions are necessary, and the right application mode is important to ensure that the antimicrobial coating is invisible on all the surfaces and materials.

Berlin, September 2020. Before we or our trained team can apply the antimicrobial surface coating on highly used surfaces that are risk-bearing concerning smear infections, those surfaces need to be cleaned thoroughly. Here are some possible questions that might come up before and after:  How are the surfaces cleaned best? What surfaces might be dangerous and facilitate a smear infection? How is ActiveCoat applied and what needs to be done before and during the application? How and with what cleaning products can I clean and disinfect the coated surfaces without restricting the functionality? How long does ActiveCoat last and guarantee high hygiene standards?

All the above questions, and most likely some others too, will be answered in this blog post. If you would like to make sure that the surface coating is effective, then you might want to read our last blogpost about a study carried out in an orthopaedic practice. There we discussed the positive hygienic effects of the antimicrobial coating, verified in a real-life test.

What surfaces should be coated?

We recommend coating all surfaces that are touched countless times a day, by many different people.

In an office space, those surfaces can, for example, be light switches, the buttons in lifts (if there are any – otherwise how about coffee machines guys? 😊), door handles, keyboards, tables, and chairs. In a car-sharing vehicle, e.g. the steering wheel, gear stick, rear-view mirror and handbrake could be coated. Lobby and spa areas should be coated in hotels, just like room keys, remote controls, phones, and water tabs (Don’t we all know the fear that those objects are never disinfected enough?). We can apply the antimicrobial coating to the equipment in gyms, but also to doctor’s waiting rooms where all patients sit and the examination room into which they go after. Especially those last two locations need to be hygienically clean as one can imagine easily.

How are the surfaces prepared?

All surfaces that are to be coated with ActiveCoat, need to be cleaned thoroughly beforehand. No dust or dirt residues should be on the material (in- and visible). On a dirty surface, the spray application will not last and work efficiently.

How are the surfaces coated?

We spray the coating solution onto the surfaces. The spraying is carried out with electrostatic spraying devices, in even movements. To guarantee that the colour- and odourless coating is invisible on the treated surfaces, it needs to be applied very thinly. During and after the spray application of the antimicrobial coating, existing windows should be kept open. This ensures an optimal drying process which can be completed within 15 minutes. The length of time may vary depending on the material.

Who applies the surface coating?

The spraying process is carried out by our trained team. We offer training courses at our headquarter in Berlin and enable further education of others. Appropriate protective clothing is important for the application of the surface coating: protective mask and safety glasses are necessary.

What materials can be coated?

There is almost no material that cannot be coated; however, silk, brass and copper belong to that small group. For some other materials like (artificial) leather, the solution must be diluted before spraying a surface; the training courses in Berlin will cover this topic, too. Materials like plastic, metal, ceramic, stone, wood, and textiles (with limitations) can be sprayed trouble-free.

This means that neither the coating of toilet flushes and stair railings nor the couch and cushions is a problem.

How long does the surface coating last?

The durability of the coating depends on the kind of surface we apply it to. Our standard is between 6 to 12 months. We can assume that door handles and buttons in lifts are touched more often than a hotel reception desk someone might lean on, at least with the current distancing rules in order. Also, a lift in a hospital is used more often than a lift in the small family-owned hotel around the corner. The effectiveness, therefore, depends on the situation and location. In general, it can be said that after 500 cleaning cycles with conventional cleaning agents and manual wiping over 80% of the coating is still present and adds to more hygiene and safety – without additional disinfection.

How do I clean the treated surfaces?

The coated surfaces can be easily cleaned with all standard cleaning agents. The PH value should range between 4-8, otherwise, the coating (but also most materials you want to clean) will be attacked. Additional disinfection is not necessary per se, but in times of a pandemic, we do recommend a combination of antimicrobial coating with ActiveCoat, cleaning and disinfecting to achieve the highest possible infection prevention.

How does the surface coating work?

The antimicrobial surface coating is hydrophilic and attracts viruses and bacteria. These adhere to the coating where their cell membranes are attacked. The attack stops the exponential growth of the germs and after a while, the cells are killed. For more information, feel free to read the summary of our ActiveCoat service.

If you have any further questions regarding our service, infection prevention or hygiene, please do not hesitate to contact us or leave us a comment. Maybe your question is also listed in our FAQs? Have a look there.

Now to the really important question: Who would you like to protect with our antimicrobial surface coating – employees, guests, visitors? Contact us, together we will identify the critical areas in your office, hotel, or restaurant, and find individual solutions for all situations.