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Microbial Coatings Brings a New Level of Protection to Federal Buildings

Posted Sep 20, 2021 by Dave Scaturro

 Microbial Coatings Brings a New Level of Protection to Federal Buildings

With the advent of COVID-19, public health has become a major concern for federal agencies having been forced to adopt new ways to protect personnel and the public. Floor coatings have become a key way to provide passive, yet effective protection to the many they serve on a daily basis. More specifically, microbicidal coatings have rapidly become the leading option for keeping federal facilities safer.

Years of Ongoing Protection from Common Pathogens

While an antimicrobial coating can inhibit the spread and growth of pathogens, only a true microbicidal coating actively destroys specific pathogens that come in contact with the surface. Combined with existing sanitation policies, microbicidal coatings are highly adept at defending a workplace from the spread of disease.

This is especially helpful for older people and those with compromised immune function. Offices that provide guidance and benefits to the elderly, such as Social Security and Veterans Affairs, may benefit – especially in situations where small, high-occupancy waiting rooms are the norm.

Additionally, microbicidal coatings are ideal for healthcare settings and food service areas where a single infection can quickly spread to cause dozens of cases. Used correctly, microbicidal products on interior walls lower the overall bacterial load, contributing to reduced transmission of certain illnesses.

Sherwin-Williams Paint Shield stands out for microbicidal applications in federal buildings as it became the first in the industry to deliver a microbicidal paint that can pass Environmental Protection Agency standards. Paint Shield has undergone rigorous testing to verify its claims, one being that within two hours, it destroys 99.9% of several common bacteria that come into contact with the painted surface.

Professional Expertise and Credentials are Required for Application

Microbicidal coatings are not substantially more expensive than typical paints, especially when they are sourced through commercial painting contractors with federal project experience. However, they must be applied carefully, allowed to dry, and appropriately maintained as time goes on.

The investment associated with high quality coatings is relatively modest – but it is important to remain vigilant against cost overruns that can inflate the final price tag. OSHA-compliant contractors, such as Alpine Painting and Sandblasting, should be willing to undergo vetting, including a full RFP process as necessary, to ensure they meet the required application needs. Alpine’s Specialty Flooring division is qualified to work on government contracts and is available to deliver the highest standards to all awarded assignments.

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