How TOUCH Antimicrobial works
TOUCH Antimicrobial coating can be applied to products in situ with no need to replace or factory apply
TOUCH combines our ground breaking coating technology with antimicrobial qualities which have been developed together by Bromoco International and leading biochemists. This virtually invisible coating is suitable for application on-site, or in the factory. This makes TOUCH Antimicrobial coating systems the first of its kind providing high levels of long term antimicrobial protection.
Antimicrobial is simply the term used to describe something that has the ability to resist the growth of microbes. While the term ‘antibacterial’ refers only to bacteria, antimicrobial refers to a wider range of organisms including bacteria, moulds, fungi and others. The antimicrobial technology is incorporated into our coating at the time of manufacture. Once incorporated, the antimicrobial additives provide continuous, built-in, antimicrobial protection for the expected lifetime of the product. The silver ions on the surface of a material treated with the coating bind with microbes that come into contact with the surface, disrupting their normal cell function, which stops them from reproducing and results in the death of the cell.
Our biochemist partners are trained microbiologists and chemists with extensive experience working with antimicrobial and anti-bacterial agents. They are leading professionals in the field of antimicrobial technology and are dedicated to increasing awareness of the danger of harmful microbes and accerlerating the uptake of microbe-preventative technology across the globe.
An important note regarding Antimicrobial Protection vs Antimicrobial Resistance.
Antimicrobial Protection measures are put in place to prevent the contamination of enveloped viruses and bacteria on surfaces. They create environments where enveloped viruses cannot survive (through breaking down their envelope) and where bacteria cannot mutate and survive. These are preventative measures designed to support general cleaning and hygiene and are not medicine or drug based.
Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) should not be confused with Antimicrobial Protection. The WHO defines AMR as occurring when:
“bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites change over time and no longer respond to medicines making infections harder to treat and increasing the risk of disease spread, severe illness and death.”
They also describe antimicrobials, for this purpose, as:
“Antimicrobials - including antibiotics, antivirals, antifungals and antiparasitics - are medicines used to prevent and treat infections in humans, animals and plants.”
AMR is a result of medical practices forcing viruses to mutate faster than usual to survive in response treatment and can create drug-resistant pathogens.
TOUCH Antimicrobial is not a medicine, or a drug, and as such will do contribute towards Antimicrobial Resistance or accelerate the natural occurrence of AMR.
To learn more about antimicrobial Resistance visit the WHO website here:
https://tinyurl.com/y2dpcmtt or here https://www.who.int/health-topics/antimicrobial-resistance
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The silver ion technology within TOUCH Coatings works 24-hours a day, for the expected lifetime of the product, to provide integral protection against microbes.
Laboratory tests and real life studies show that microbe levels on Touch coatings protected products are significantly reduced.
In fact, 80% of microbes are eradicated within 15 minutes and up to 99.99% are gone within 2 hours.
HOW DOES ANTIMICROBIAL WORK?
Silver-Ion technology creates surfaces upon which 99.9% of microbes cannot survive. Laboratory and real-life testing has proved that the technology reduces microbes by 80% in just 15 minutes and 99.9% in just two hours.
Working 24 hours,. Touch technology effectively fights a wide variety of microbes thanks to the silver ion technology that has been proven effective against MRSA, E.Coli and even at deactivating the Influenza (H1N1) virus.
SILVER-ION ANTIMICROBIAL TECHNOLOGY
There are four main types of antimicrobial additive, based on Silver-Ion, Copper, Zinc and Organic technologies.
Our range of antimicrobial products use Silver-Ion antimicrobial additives which are suitable for deployment in a broad range of materials and applications, including paints, coatings, textiles, polymers and other material types.
WHAT DOES ANTIMICROBIAL MEAN?
Antimicrobial is used to describe substances which demonstrate the ability to reduce the presence of microbes, such as bacteria and mould.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ANTIMICROBIAL AND ANTIBACTERIAL?
An antimicrobial is effective against a wide spectrum of microbes: this includes bacteria, mould, fungi and even viruses. An antibacterial, on the other hand, is only effective against bacteria.