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With the world focusing on the importance of hygiene like never before and the use of antimicrobials taking centre stage, what role does BioCote® built-in antimicrobial technology have to play?

Different types of antimicrobials and their uses

The term ‘antimicrobial’ is used to describe a substance that reduces the presence of microbes. As an antimicrobial solutions provider, the kind of antimicrobials that BioCote® supply to market can also be referred to as additives, active substances or biocides. Once manufactured appropriately into materials such as plastics or paints, our technology gives products antimicrobial performance, meaning the reduction of microbes on the protected surface.

There are many other types of antimicrobials, as the term covers an extensive rage of substances. Some of the more recognisable examples include antibiotics, antibacterial hand soap and household bleach. Although these three substances are all antimicrobial technologies, their intended purpose and uses are vastly different and they each perform very different roles in reducing microbial activity. The antimicrobial additives that BioCote® supply are different again, with many applications in their own right. Find out more about treatable materials and relevant industries BioCote® supplies into.

What are the benefits of using BioCote® antimicrobial technology?

There are many benefits to using a biocide from BioCote® to make your product antimicrobial, some not as obvious as you may think. The arguments for using biocides lie in the problems that biocides address. Microbes such as bacteria and mould can have negative effects that businesses may want to protect their products from. For instance, they can also cause terrible odours and irremovable staining, a problem widely faced by the textile industry, or in wet rooms for example. Microbes can also cause damage to products by drawing nutrients from materials, causing mechanical or structural weaknesses that lead to early product failure. Be that the silicone sealant in a shower unit, or even microbially induced corrosion of concrete, this effect can cause costly headaches for businesses and local authorities when considering ongoing maintenance.

Supporting stringent hygiene principles

The question of what role antimicrobial additives play is an important one, and has been bought to the centre of the global stage within recent years. The world has never been more focused on hygiene methods, and this situation has highlighted for many people the critical role that hygiene regimes such as regular cleaning and hand washing have in preventing cross-contamination.

BioCote® has been an advocate for better hygiene for over 25 years. Our additives work alongside regular and robust cleaning regimes and strong hand hygiene to produce the ultimate hygienic solution. Our technology, built into key surfaces via our customer’s products, actively reduces the number of microbes on a protected surface. It works in between cleans to control the levels of microbes on those surfaces, working constantly and lasting for the expected lifetime of that product. Less microbes on the surface mean less odours, less staining and reduced material degradation. For some products, this will mean extending its usable lifetime past that of an unprotected one, creating additional sustainability within that product range.

Introducing an antimicrobial additive to key surfaces reduces the risk of those surfaces being a source for cross-contamination. BioCote® has been proven to reduce MRSA by up to 86% in 15 minutes, deactivate H1N1 and even reduce a strain of the coronavirus family by 90% in 2 hours. More about our antiviral testing against a strain of the coronavirus family here. It is effective at improving hygiene outside of the laboratory too, with extensive real-life case studies demonstrating significant reduction rates in various environments.

We are here for you

In these unprecedented times, the BioCote® team encourage businesses to stay up to date with the latest advice from their Governments, as well as guidance from the World Health Organisation. BioCote® is not designed to replace cleaning but instead it is there to support it and deliver a second line of defence. By making your product more hygienic, you are making it easier to keep clean. We continue to support our customers in bringing better hygiene worldwide, working hard to educate communities about the benefits of using antimicrobial technologies.

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