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Paint packs power to kill bacteria
New Paint Shield has become the first US Environmental Protection Agency-registered paint found to continuously kill difficult-to-treat, infection-causing bacteria.
By killing these infectious bacteria on painted surfaces, Paint Shield offers customers an important new weapon in the fight to prevent the spread of bacteria that can cause hospital-acquired infections.
Surfaces painted with Paint Shield kill greater than 99.9% of Staph (Staphylococcus aureus), MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), E. coli (Escherichia coli), VRE (Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecalis) and Enterobacter aerogenes after two hours of exposure on the painted surface.
"Paint Shield is one of the most significant technological breakthroughs in our nearly 150 year history of innovation," says Chris Connor, chairman and chief executive of Sherwin-Williams, which manufactures the paint. "By killing infectious pathogens on painted surfaces, Paint Shield is a game-changing advancement in coatings technology."
Steve Revnew, senior vice president of product innovation at the company, adds: "Continued progress in combating HAIs will require a broad array of measures, including passive methods that are less dependent on human intervention.
"By continuing to kill MRSA and other bacteria, even after repeated contamination, Paint Shield offers hospitals and other facilities an important new tool to help in the fight against the spread of HAIs."
The exclusive patented technology in Paint Shield represents the culmination of extensive research and collaboration between Sherwin-Williams coatings scientists and expert microbiologists.
Paint Shield can be applied on interior hard, non-porous ceilings, walls, doors and trim. It is ideal for a variety of settings such as healthcare facilities, athletic facilities, schools, day care centres, senior care communities, residential housing, hospitality settings and cruise ships. EPA-test protocol showed that once it is applied, the effectiveness of Paint Shield lasts for up to four years, as long as the integrity of the surface is maintained.
Featuring quality coating performance, great hide and durability, Paint Shield will be available in 590 colours and will come in the popular eggshell finish.
www.sherwin-williams.com / www.swpaintshield.com
19th November 2015