Frequently Asked Questions
What is Coastal Health Antimicrobial protection?
It is a built-in antimicrobial additive that leverages an inorganic silver to provide your products with an extra level of protection against microbes such as mold and mildew, as well as stain and odor-causing bacteria.
How do products with Coastal Health Antimicrobial protection work?
Antimicrobial protection inhibits the growth of microorganisms. When microbes come in contact with the product surface, natural, inorganic silver ions penetrate the cell wall, making it unable to function, grow, and reproduce. Once the silver ions break through the microbe’s cell wall, they disable its metabolism and hinder its microbial function. This combined effect prevents microbes from multiplying and surviving.
How do I benefit from using Coastal Health Antimicrobial protection in my products?
Antimicrobial protection continuously fights the growth of microbes such as mold, mildew, and odor-causing bacteria, which is especially helpful for multi-user and high-touch products or areas. Antimicrobial protection helps keep products cleaner between cleanings, as well as making them easier to clean.
What types of microorganisms does Coastal Health Antimicrobial protection work against?
Antimicrobial protection is effective against most common bacteria, molds, mildew, fungi, and yeast that can cause stains, odors, and product degradation. Antimicrobial technology is not designed to protect users from disease-causing microorganisms.
If I purchase a product that has Coastal Health Antimicrobial protection, does that mean that I do not have to clean them as carefully or as often?
No. Antimicrobial protection is designed to be an added measure of cleanliness by working continuously to provide products with antimicrobial protection to help prevent mold, mildew, and odor-causing bacteria, as well as keeping them cleaner between cleanings and making them easier to clean. However, normal cleaning and disinfecting protocols should still be utilized.
Does Coastal Health Antimicrobial protection begin working immediately?
Antimicrobial protection begins to work as soon as a microorganism comes into contact with the product surface. The Antimicrobial agent then works continuously to maintain a consistently lower number of microbes than would be expected on a product without antimicrobial protection. For example, under certain conditions, microbes on an untreated product surface can double as often as every 20 minutes. However, Antimicrobial technology is not a disinfectant and is not intended to be a substitute for normal cleaning protocols.
How long does Coastal Health Antimicrobial protection last?
Antimicrobial protection is built-in to the product during the manufacturing process, so it will not wash off or wear away. Antimicrobial protection is engineered to provide continuous antimicrobial product protection for the useful lifetime of the product.
How do I know that Coastal Health Antimicrobial protection is safe?
Antimicrobial technology has undergone extensive independent laboratory testing and has a long history of safe use. The antimicrobial technology used in Coastal Health Antimicrobial can be found in healthcare, consumer, and industrial products throughout the world. In the USA, this technology is FDA listed and registered with the EPA for all applications in which it is used, as well as having similar International registrations, as required.
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