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Self-Sanitizing Coatings: a smart, sustainable and cost-effective choice

  • 11.12.2020
  • Insights

For a few years now the World Health Organization (WHO) has been stressing the alarming condition arising from the growing occurrence of bacterial resistance, pointing out that it is more and more difficult to fight bacterial infections which had been easily eradicated until a few years ago. As a matter of fact, in order to survive antibacterial agents and antibiotics, bacteria have resorted to evolutionary strategies and processes that have allowed them to develop the increasing resistance to those active ingredients and, as a consequence, the latter have been gradually losing their effectiveness.
One of the key aspects in the fight against this alarming event involves the treatment of hospital facilities, which represent the highest-hazard areas for infection dissemination and the development of bacterial resistance alike.
Hence, in order to combat this issue, it appears to be preferable to focus on the scope of natural active ingredients which, unlike inorganic and synthetic active ingredients, do not tend to develop any bacterial resistance and would therefore be ideally considered as a sound solution, both at present and in the future.
Drawing upon our years-long research we were able to select a unique natural active ingredient which proves to have remarkable broad-spectrum antibacterial resistance while being fully non-toxic for humans at the same time. After being properly treated in our laboratories this natural active ingredient becomes the key ingredient of SSC coatings, which may be used for coating any surfaces which will consequently be self-sanitized and thus unsuited to supporting the life and proliferation of any microorganisms adhering thereto.
Laboratory tests point out the unique features of SSC products – our self-sanitizing coatings were tested in accordance and full compliance with the strictest hospital standards and guidelines (ISO 22196 and ASTM 2180), and showed an outstanding power in the reduction of the bacterial load (1) that comes into contact with the coating of treated surfaces.
Moreover, the effectiveness against Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria appeared stable over time for a three years’ period.
These tests confirm the self-sanitizing effectiveness of this treatment, both on walls with water-based paint and linoleum floors, even years after coating application.
SSC coatings are effective immediately. They do not require any photocatalytic pre-activation or reaction products, and do not exploit any nanotechnology applications which may be harmful to humans.

(1)    ISO 22196 standard displayed a bacterial reduction rate above 99.99% on both Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria after 24 hours’ contact (as per the standard), which is proof of broad-spectrum effectiveness.