The dangers of harmful microbes have been very evident this year as the COVID-19 pandemic has progressed. Health and Safety routines are now at the forefront of everyone’s minds especially when returning to the office.
Even before this latest pandemic, the ability of microorganisms to spread through surface-contamination was well known. One study found more microbes on the surface of an elevator button than on the surface of a toilet seat!
As one scientific article notes, "Surfaces represent an important way of transmission to diseases since they can act as a reservoir of microorganisms that may spread to whoever contacts with the
What is Biofilm?
The challenge with office safety is the persistent growth of what is called biofilm on surfaces such as door handles, printers, copiers, and other equipment. Biofilm is defined as a community of microorganisms and sometimes fungus that exist together within a slimy, protective film that also sticks to surfaces. Biofilm's colony of harmful microorganisms can grow exponentially fast. In just 30 hours, a biofilm community can explode from just a few microorganisms to more than 400,000.
This rapid growth makes effective cleaning of surfaces a challenge. Biofilm grows quickly, often before another cleaning cycle can be completed.
Your office presents its own potential points of surface contamination. Consider the following scenarios:
- You implement surface cleanings of high-touch surfaces, such as your copier, every 15 minutes. However, within that 15 minutes, an ill employee touches the copier, leaving microorganisms behind. Those microorganisms remain on the surface as two other employees come by to use the machine before the next cleaning takes place.
- Your cleaning staff comes by to disinfect your office, but they have used the wrong concentration of cleaning solution. Their cleaning efforts are incomplete, leaving behind harmful microorganisms that your office staff and customers pick up the next time they are there.
- Someone enters your office, picking up harmful bacteria from the door handle. As they touch the copier, printer, desk, and computer, they spread these bacteria across the office, where it can easily be picked up by others.
Antimicrobial surfaces, also known as self-disinfecting surfaces, offer a revolutionary answer to this challenge. The surface itself kills bacteria and prevents their regrowth without the need for constant, active cleaning.
How does antimicrobial film work?
Antimicrobial film is a plastic film with anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. It is applied to surfaces much like a transparent antibacterial tape that sticks to the surface without affecting the appearance or performance of the surface.
PureZone Antimicrobial film uses a synthetic PVC polysaccharide polymer embedded with active silver ions to kills harmful microbes.
These silver ions are distributed evenly throughout the polymer in order to effectively disinfect the entirety of the desired area. Together, the antimicrobial agents and polysaccharide polymer kill the biofilm and prevent its regrowth, even in the absence of active cleaning.
Using an antimicrobial film on your office surfaces is a smart way to ensure the health and safety of everyone in your office because it is less expensive, less time-consuming, and more effective than standard cleaning protocols.
PureZone is specifically designed to interrupt the biofilm matrix and bacterial cells in order to:
- Destroy the biofilm
- Prevent its regrowth.
It works through the power of silver ions, which form when silver atoms lose an electron and become positively charged.
PureZone has a high efficacy against bacteria, fungi, virus: This sanitizing antimicrobial film can eliminate 90 percent of germs within the first 10 minutes, and 99.9 percent of germs within 1 hour.
The protective power of PureZone doesn't stop at eliminating the biofilm. The film is self-disinfecting without any external stimulation, thanks to the microbe-disrupting power of the silver ions that prevents the regrowth of the biofilm.
As a result, this antimicrobial film creates a self-sanitizing surface 24/7.
One downside to many cleaning solutions is their harmful environmental effects if misused or accidentally ingested. PureZone antibacterial film, on the other hand, is safe to humans and the environment. Antimicrobial, antifouling, and self-cleaning, PureZone is the next step in office safety.
Because PureZone anti-microbial film proactively prevents the regrowth of biofilm, you do not need to clean endlessly around the office. That means you can free your staff up to pursue other projects, all while maintaining the highest levels of cleanliness and safety.
By rapidly eliminating up to 99.9 percent of germs within an hour, and then maintaining the cleanliness of the surface, anti-microbial film is more effective than regular cleaning. No more worries about the biofilm growing back or germs multiplying on surfaces in between cleanings.
How long does antimicrobial film last?
One of the benefits of antimicrobial film such as PureZone is the long-term surface protection it provides. Not only does this self-cleaning antibacterial film maintain the cleanliness of the surface in between cleanings, but it remains effective for years. PureZone in particular will last for up to 5 years, or 350 cleanings with a heavy solvent.
PureZone's long-lasting nature means you don't have to pay for constant cleanings of your equipment or replacements of the film. Simply apply the film and enjoy years of low-maintenance protection.
Where can antimicrobial film be applied?
Antimicrobial self-cleaning film can be applied to any surface where a microbe shield is desired. Example of the places where you can apply this self-cleaning plastic wrap include the following:
- Door handles
- Office Copiers & Printers
- Counter tops and other high touch surfaces
You can even apply this film to any touchscreen, such as point of sale registers, because the film does not interfere with the function of the touchscreen.
Self-cleaning antimicrobial film delivers continuous self-cleaning surfaces for long periods of time, delivering the highest levels of cleanliness and antimicrobial protection on the market.
With UBEO, you could be providing employees and customers with a revolutionary way to eliminate microorganisms and promote ongoing health and safety for years to come.
Ronnie Hay is the Marketing Director for UBEO.