Antimicrobial Coatings: Health & Eco-Friendly Solutions for Handrails and BeyondPublished 05/12/23
Imagine living in a world where harmful bacteria and viruses spread rampantly through our daily interactions. The truth is, we already do. The pressing question becomes: what can we do to protect ourselves and others? One answer lies in the innovative world of antimicrobial powder coating. Let’s explore how this technology benefits the architectural handrail industry and beyond.
Advantages of Powder Coating
When it comes to protecting the environment, the choice is clear: go solvent-free. By selecting a powder coating formula without harmful solvents, you’re not only keeping groundwater, soil, and air safe, but you’re also earning LEED credits for your responsible decision. It’s a win-win: by opting for solvent-free powder coatings, you’re protecting the environment and earning LEED credits, recognizing your commitment to responsible building materials. Powder coating goes the distance, helping to prevent significant thermal variances in the rail, ensuring durability, and longevity.
Understanding Antimicrobial Powder Coating
A tough, dry finish for surfaces requiring long-lasting protection—powder coating is the answer. By adding antimicrobial additives, we can now create surfaces that resist wear, corrosion, chipping, and rusting while combating harmful pathogens. Dangerous bacteria and viruses can lurk on surfaces for an unsettling amount of time. With antimicrobial coatings, we can help control and even eradicate these hazardous microorganisms, making our surroundings safer for everyone.
Our ancient friends, metal ions, are the key. They disrupt the biology of microorganisms, preventing them from multiplying or outright destroying them. This makes surfaces coated with antimicrobial compounds self-sanitizing, eliminating harmful pathogens within hours. With antimicrobial powder coating, we can strike back against common bacteria, fungi, yeasts, molds, and other microorganisms. These coatings can decimate the population of harmful pathogens, including drug-resistant strains, by 99.5% and more.
The Benefits of Antimicrobial Powder Coating
As drug resistant strains of bacteria continue to rear their ugly heads, antimicrobial coatings are our line of defense. Using antimicrobial coatings on surfaces can significantly reduce the populations of harmful bacteria, creating a safer environment for everyone. With antimicrobial powder coatings, surfaces essentially become self-sanitizing, killing off dangerous pathogens in a matter of hours.
The Science Behind Microbial Powder Coating
Metals such as gold, silver, and copper have a storied history with antimicrobial properties. The ions of these metals interact with microorganisms, disrupting their biology and effectively eliminating them. By infusing metal compounds into powder paint, antimicrobial coatings allow the metal ions to remain effective against harmful pathogens for extended periods.
As drug-resistant pathogens continue to emerge, it is crucial to employ innovative solutions like antimicrobial powder coatings to help curb their spread and protect public health. In an increasingly interconnected world, it is everyone’s responsibility to protect ourselves and others from diseases. Applying antimicrobial powder coatings to high-traffic and high-threat areas helps prevent the multiplication of microbes and reduce the risk of disease transmission.
Manufacturers are already taking the lead in the fight against harmful pathogens by using antimicrobial powder coatings on a wide range of products, from toys to vehicles. By employing these coatings in the architectural handrail industry and beyond, we can contribute to a safer and healthier world. Look for suppliers who prioritize environmental responsibility and offer high-quality, solvent-free powder coatings with antimicrobial properties.
Elevating Handrail Safety with HDI Railings’ Antimicrobial Powder Coating
HDI Railings distinguishes itself as an industry leader by offering environmentally responsible, solvent-free powder coating options that can be applied to all of our railing systems. Our premium coating options are applied at a thickness of 80 microns, ensuring exceptional protection for your architectural handrail needs. The rails undergo a thorough sandblasting process before being coated with this specialized formula, which results in a more robust finish. By choosing HDI Railings, you not only create a safer environment with reduced thermal variances but also contribute to a greener, healthier world.
Be sure to reach out to your HDI sales representative to learn more about our antimicrobial powder coatings and our extensive selection of color options.