Posted on 7/1/2014 3:26 PM by Jeremy Dayton

Want to take your janitorial program to the next level? Antimicrobial-coated materials allow you to easily safeguard and minimize the presence of bacteria in and on your building. These coatings offer proven protection from microbial attachment by controlling the growth of unwanted organisms, including bacteria, mold, and fungi.

The coatings are segmented by different alloys that include silver, copper, zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, and zinc omadine – each with a different application. By minimizing the presence of bacteria on surfaces, antimicrobial coatings are growing in popularity as a requirement for promoting greater health and wellness in public environments.

Here are four ways antimicrobial coatings can better your building:

1) Added Infrastructure Value

Early adopters of antimicrobial materials are already seeing enhanced infrastructure quality and product value. If you are a building manager who decided on antimicrobial HVAC and insulation before it was an industry requirement, you are offering your occupants an improved quality of life through a cleaner and safer environment. This adds value to your building while also showing your tenants that you care about their safety and the quality of their environment – a potential selling point for future occupants.

2) Infinite Applications

If you can touch it, you can coat it. Health and safety starts on the molecular level and antimicrobial coatings provide environmental health benefits from the inside out.  Utilized in HVAC systems and standard wall insulation, these coatings actively fight mold and are a key foundational element for a healthy and safe environment. Because there are numerous ways to apply the coating, it can be easily incorporated into most systems, products, and surfaces. The coating won’t compromise the integrity of the applied surface, leaving the item 100% functional and able to repel bacteria naturally.

3) Improved Health and Cleanliness

Due to the continued trend toward urbanization, bacteria and other germs can easily spread through a large portion of the population. Hospitals and office buildings are hot spots for germs as these locations have densely packed human interaction on a daily basis. Antimicrobial coatings will allow for an increase in cleanliness on a massive scale by minimizing the presence of bacteria and germs in the air and on high-volume touch points such as door knobs, railings, and light switches.

4) Lower Maintenance Costs

Building managers, medical facilities, and public institutions stand to save a significant amount of money by reducing maintenance costs related to the cleaning and replacement of unsanitary objects. Anything that requires maintenance or sanitary upkeep has the potential to be coated with antimicrobial materials, therefore reducing labor and supply costs.

Antimicrobial coatings are expected to become a standard requirement in high traffic buildings by 2018, according to a forecast by research firm MarketsandMarkets. These include offices, healthcare institutions, and academic environments. Products such as building construction, HVAC, textiles, and food prep equipment can increasingly be specified with these germ-killing properties.

Say goodbye to harsh cleaners and disinfectants and naturally wipe out bacteria, germs, and disease with smart product selection.

Jeremy Dayton is vice president of Polymer Technologies Inc.