Sureshield is formulated with antimicrobials to help suppress the growth of odor and stain-causing microorganisms on the coating.
Sureshield is not intended as a substitute for good hygiene or to prevent foodborne or infectious illnesses.
how do antimicrobials work?
Antimicrobial coatings work by making the surface of the coating not conducive to microbial germination and outgrowth. Compounds with known antimicrobial activity are imparted throughout the coating at a level dependent upon the chemistry used. There are several different chemistries available for use as antimicrobial agents. Each chemistry has a unique mode of antimicrobial activity. The following are how some common antimicrobial chemistries impart antimicrobial properties (please note that Sureshield coatings utilize an array of antimicrobial compounds):
Iodine has a broad range of antimicrobial activity. Its primary mode of inhibition is through oxidative and direct iodination of biological macromolecules. In iodophers, there is a complex relationship between concentration of the solution and the antimicrobial activity.
Silver owes its antimicrobial properties to an ion exchange that causes a repression of metabolic functions in microbes and bacterium. Silver has to be incorporated into a structure that controls the release of silver ions. Ambient moisture in the air causes a regulated release of silver ions to effectively maintain the antimicrobial surface. As humidity or moisture increases, the silver release rate increases.
Triclosan works by blocking the active site of the enzyme called the enoyl-acyl carrier-protein reductase (ENR for short), preventing the bacteria from producing the fatty acids it needs for building cell membranes and other vital functions.
Organosilane compounds work by penetrating the cellular membrane and mitigating the microorganism.