New trend: hygienic surfaces
28 Apr 2021
Application of the Celestine Oak antibacterial surface on a door, © impress
The Corona pandemic has brought the issue of hygiene into focus for interiors. Since then, the demand for antibacterial and antiviral surfaces has increased. But it is not only since Covid19 that manufacturers have been concerned with hygienic solutions for heavily used public and private areas. Because every year, countless people fall ill with viral and bacterial infections. Surfaces and materials that actively prevent the spread of viruses, bacteria and fungi can make an important contribution to preventive infection protection. In addition to hygienic properties, current products for high-touch surfaces also offer new design options.
For sensitive interiors
Sustained protection and design is offered by the use of impress's antibacterial melamine surfaces. 99.9% of bacteria and germs on this surfaces are eliminated within 24 hours and their reproduction is prevented. This makes the products particularly suitable for sensitive areas of application with high hygiene requirements. Examples of this areas, are above all, the kitchen and sanitary rooms or places where people come together, such as in offices, cafés and restaurants. And not to forget risk zones in the health sector, such as reception, waiting rooms or treatment rooms.
Surface technology microPLUS, © Pfleiderer
Pfleiderer developed microPLUS a few years ago to protect against bacteria and germs. Now, in addition to its antimicrobial effect, the surface technology has also been proven to have an antiviral effect. This creates additional safety and a new design scope for sensitive or heavily frequented interiors. The surface has an antiviral effect on enveloped viruses within 24 hours (test methodology ISO 21702:2019) - including SARS-COV-2. The technology achieves its effective protection against microbes through the additive Sanitized Silver and makes use of the natural antimicrobial and antiviral properties of silver.
Feel Light Grey | Cosmos from Sonae Arauco is a decor-coated panel for high-quality furniture construction with advantages such as cleanability, resistance and antibacterial properties. The natural texture of the matt, three-dimensional melamine finishing in harmony with the authentic decor combines haptic experience and visual appearance. Based on textile felt, which stands for comfort, among other things, the product makes it possible to implement a textile material even in areas where it is not normally used. Feel Light Grey | Cosmos has been awarded the German Design Award 2021.
In order to systematically address the problem of infection protection, Swiss Krono has brought what it claims to be the world's first furniture surface with an antimicrobial effect. The Be.Safe surface has a threefold effect against viruses, bacteria and fungi. The additive used attacks the membranes of viruses, bacteria and fungi and thereby eliminates any pathogens. Since the additive has a physical effect and is integrated in the product, it does not lose its effect and therefore offers permanent protection throughout the entire product life cycle. The antimicrobial product property has been tested, confirmed and certified by.
Jackson Oak antibacterial surface on furniture and the floor, © impress
In cooperation with partners, Schattdecor offers the Impregnated Surfaces product line in an antibacterial and/or antimicrobial version. The hygienic effect is achieved by adding a special additive, which does not alter the basic characteristics of our product nor its quality. The surfaces inhibit the formation and growth of bacteria and harmful microorganisms. They reduce the formation of odors and provide additional hygiene protection. This hygiene effect is particularly suitable for frequently touched surfaces in areas such as in offices, hotels and restaurants or medical areas.
Further innovations in surfaces can be found at interzum @home 2021 , which will be held as an exclusive online event from 4 to 7 May. At the digital Product Stage , every visitor will gain insights into the latest trends, developments and offers in the industry. In addition, the exhibitors' showrooms and lectures in the supporting programme offer an overview of the latest products for hygiene protection.