How many germs are on a surface?
Germs are grouped into colonies. A colony can have anywhere from 1 to billions of microbes. A colony reproduces every 20 minutes. Mathematically speaking just one colony placed on a surface from one person touching it, will grow to 1,073,741,824 colonies in 10 hours if none die. Basically if you do not constantly clean, you are subject to passing some of these germs onto the next person touching the surface called cross contamination.
Every time you are in contact with something, you drop off and pick up bacteria. Everyone touching a surface therefore cross contaminates it. The later you are in between cleanings the more germs present, since they double in quantity every 20 minutes. Your body can counteract a certain amount of these germs, the later in the cleaning cycle the more germs your body will have to combat. If the surface was germ free, you could drop off more germs than you pick up.
How does it work?
BACTERM™ is a revolutionary, copper-laden, permanent coating applied to everyday surfaces.
According to the EPA, antimicrobial copper maintains its ability to kill bacteria after repeated contamination and abrasion, both wet and dry. Laboratory tests confirmed Bacterm had no leaching during a 7 hour test and lasts millions of hand-rubs!
The lab Results tab shows 99.9% effective in 15 minutes to 30 minutes. Microbes reproduce in 20 minutes! We sell paint. These results are tested on Bacterm, but we only claim to sell paint. You need to conduct your own tests.
How effective is the product?
"EPA approved three protocols, The required test results show that the antimicrobial copper kills bacteria, that it stays effective at killing bacteria even after wet and dry abrasion (to prove that its antimicrobial property will not wear away), and it continuously kills bacteria after repeated contamination. The efficacy tests were conducted against six different kinds of bacteria in accord with EPA Good Laboratory Practices. We solely use this EPA tested and approved materials and represent 100% of the ingredients of the Bacterm Hand Wand, was effective in killing MRSA one of the most virulent strains of antibiotic resistant bacteria and a common cause of hospital and community-acquired infections. These properties should be particularly advantageous in applications where the surface is frequently touched or areas of concern for cross contamination.
Microbterm, uses a multi dimensional approach with the copper alloy by touching the microbes on three sides within the paint.
* Modern Casting, June 2008 p41-43 "Bacteria Killer"
Bacterm™ consists of all EPA and or FDA approved ingredients.
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