11th August 2014
How does Biomaster work?
Biomaster anti-bacterial coatings attack bacteria in three ways. They prevent growth, starve the bacteria of energy and prevent replication.
- Biomaster binds to the cell wall of bacteria preventing growth
- Biomaster stops energy production by interfering with the cell’s enzyme production
- Biomaster prevents the replication of bacteria by interfering with the cell’s DNA
The additives can be easily applied to products leaving a surface which is easy to clean, which will resist the growth of bacteria for the lifespan of the product to which it is applied. The coating has been shown to kill 99.71% of pathogenic bacteria including Campylobacter, E.coli, Legionella, Listeria, Staphylococcus, MRSA, Pseudomonas and Salmonella. The treatment also helps to slow down the growth of mould and fungi.
The warm and humid conditions in communal changing rooms are ideal for the growth of bacteria. Since changing rooms also experience high traffic and often incorporate toilet facilities, there is considerable potential for harmful bacteria to take hold and proliferate.
Regular cleaning with antimicrobial products can reduce the opportunity for bacteria to grow. However, changing room facilities in bacteria sensitive environments such as hospitals, schools and food production facilities need to be kept scrupulously clean, and further steps can be taken to ensure bacteria cannot take hold.
To make changing room facilities more hygienic, furniture such as benches and lockers can be treated with antibacterial agents to resist the growth and spread of germs.
Banishing bacteria with silver ions
Silver has long been known to have excellent antimicrobial properties. Up until the discovery of antibiotics it was one of the best and most effective treatments for bacterial infections and was widely used by doctors to treat a wide range of infections. The metal is relatively inert and has very low toxicity to humans, but it is highly toxic to bacteria.
Because of this, silver is still used in a wide range of medicines to prevent the growth of bacteria. The metal is also incorporated into paints and coatings which can be applied to products to give long lasting protection against bacteria and other pathogens.
Biomaster antibacterial coatings
One of the companies to pioneer the use of silver ions in antibacterial preparations was Biomaster. The company was formed in 2000 and fast become the world leader in the manufacture of silver based anti-microbial additives. The additives the company developed can be used to coat products to give long lasting and highly effective anti-microbial protection. The inorganic coatings form a permanent bond with the material to which they are applied and do not leach out over time; providing anti-bacterial protection for the entire life of the product.
Preventing the spread of disease in changing rooms
All changing room benches from our Classic, Versa and Club ranges have been powder coated with a Biomaster anti-bacterial coating which helps to prevent the growth and spread of germs in changing rooms. Antimicrobial treatments are also applied to some of our changing room lockers to make them better suited for use in damp and humid environments such as swimming pools, saunas, gymnasiums and bacteria sensitive environments such as hospitals, clinics and food preparation facilities.