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Dulux launches antibacterial paint for hygiene-critical environments19th of April 2013
A new water-based paint claimed to be effective against a range of pathogens including MRSA has been launched by Dulux Trade.
Sterishield is being targeted for use in hygiene-critical environments such as hospitals, clinics, care homes, kitchens and food preparation areas. The paint uses a silver-based bactericide to inhibit the growth of bacteria. Besides MRSA it is also said to be effective against e-coli and pseudomonas aeruginosa.
"Sterishield represents a revolutionary step-change in hygiene coatings," claims the company. "We see this as a major breakthrough in antibacterial paint coatings that will promote a much more hygienic environment in many buildings."
The stain-resistant emulsion, which can be used on any interior wall or ceiling surface, is said to be tough, washable, durable and non-hazardous. Available in diamond matt and eggshell finishes, quick-drying Sterishield is said to be able to actively inhibit bacteria within 12 hours of contamination. It has been independently tested to this effect according to Japanese industry standards.
And, says the company, Sterishield is particularly suitable for use in any busy environment where regular cleaning is required. This is because the process of washing or scrubbing the coated surfaces is said to actually increase the paint's activity against bacteria.