antibacterial coatings

The difference between anti-microbial and antibacterial coatings

Anti-microbial coatings are very common across many industries. These coatings prevent forming and growth of any microorganisms such as algae, fungi and bacteria. Hygienic antibacterial coating for its part, is a form of antimicrobial paints but it is immune only to bacteria, not other microorganisms.

Antibacterial coatings thus, eliminate bacteria and prevent them from growing on the surface. To some extent, these coatings are suitable for use in hospitals and other clinics; however, the main users are schools and other institutions not forgetting home owners. The healthcare sector tends to use more anti-microbial paints.

Hygienic antibacterial coating at work and at home

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Antibacterial coating is often used in the medical industry

Antibacterial coatings are suitable for many uses; they can be applied at home, in commercial buildings as well as ins schools and other institutions. The are ideal for areas which must remain bacteria free; or where bacteria appear in great variety (for example in hospitals).

Coatings prevent bacterial infections

For example, Centrecoat Aqua Anti-Bacterial Hygiene is  known to kill E.Coli, Listeria, Staphylococcus Aureus, Salmonella, Shigella SP and MRSA. Despite the application of antibacterial coatings, high hygiene and cleaning standards must still be maintained.

Antibacterial paint for at home – baby-safe paint

When choosing a paint for nursery, it is important to bear in mind that for example some of the furniture paint may end up in the baby’s mouth. Young children are also very sensitive for bacterial infections but also for chemicals the paint might emit. Therefore, you should choose an antibacterial, waterborne solution which has low to no VOC (volatile organic compounds) content. Use of allergy free paint is also recommendable.