Antimicrobial coatings provide long-term protection to surfaces with technology that resists the build-up of harmful germs including bacteria, viruses, mold, mildew, and fungi. Antimicrobial coatings protect many environments with cutting-edge, germ- resistant technology that provides many additional benefits.
The Many Benefits of Antimicrobial Coatings
Incorporating antimicrobial coating technology into surfaces provides many benefits beyond resisting the buildup of harmful germs. Surfaces protected with antimicrobial coatings experience the following benefits:
Resists the buildup of harmful pathogens – Protecting surface coatings with antimicrobial coating technology is an effective way to resist the accumulation of harmful pathogens to reduce the spread of disease from surfaces in many environments.
Prevents premature degradation – These protective coatings also prevent premature degradation, which can occur when bacteria or fungi begin to deteriorate surfaces. Once bacteria or mold is established on a surface, it can spread quickly and cause the need for early maintenance or repairs or may cause structural integrity issues.
Eliminates odor causing bacteria – Another great benefit realized with antimicrobial surface coatings is the elimination of odor-causing bacteria for a cleaner and more pleasant environment.
Antimicrobial Coating Technology
Innovative chemical and coating manufacturers have developed cutting-edge antimicrobial technology with germ-resistant and abrasion-resistant coatings utilizing silver and/or copper colloids. Copper alloys possess the natural ability to rapidly kill harmful microbes with mechanisms that have been studied for decades. Copper promotes a chemical reaction that causes oxidative damage to bacterial cells, so they cannot reproduce. .
Silver is another type of metal that has been used since ancient civilizations for its resistance to bacteria. Silver ions can puncture a bacterial cell wall and inhibit cellular respiration, disrupting the metabolic pathways and DNA replication. When a cell cannot replicate, it is considered harmless.
Antimicrobial coatings prevent germs from becoming established, reducing degradation of the coating, therefore, enhance the durability of coating and abrasion-resistant properties. The durability of metal colloids and antimicrobial coatings deliver long-term effects for a cleaner and longer-lasting surface.
Where Antimicrobial Coatings Deliver the Most Benefit
Scientists have long been studying the benefits of antimicrobial coatings which have been commonly used in the medical and clinical sector. These protective coatings are being used more widely in many applications, anywhere surfaces may expose people to the buildup of harmful microbes, such as on door handles, hand-rails, solid surfaces and textiles. Many environments are realizing the benefits of antimicrobial coatings, such as:
- Hospitals and clinics
- Schools and colleges
- Nursing homes
- Day care centers
- Grocery stores
- Food and beverage processing
- Industrial applications
- Public transit
- Packaging materials
- HVAC equipment
- Construction materials
- Residential market
Antimicrobial coatings can be applied in all of these areas and many others. Anywhere that surfaces are exposed to human touch, antimicrobial coatings can protect individuals against the spread of harmful pathogens.
uniCLER Anti-Microbial Technology
uniCLER antimicrobial technology by Universal Chemicals and Coatings, Inc., UNICHEM, provides innovative protection against bacterial growth. Protect your surfaces with uniCLER and take sanitation to a new level. uniCLER is proven to reduce the harmful buildup of disease-causing microbes, protect products against premature degradation, eliminate staining and foul odors. uniCLER can be incorporated into a variety of surface coatings and paints for long term protection.
UNICHEM is recognized as a leading custom chemical and coatings manufacturer with more than 50 years of experience. We have been providing custom, high-performance solutions with specialty coatings, paints and adhesives since 1967. Contact us with any questions and to learn more about protecting your occupied spaces with uniCLER antimicrobial coating technology.