Strip Curtains Direct in collaboration with SteriTouch Ltd and Vinyl Compounds Ltd, have produced a unique anti-microbial PVC strip. This makes it ideal for use in any environment which needs to control hygiene levels such as hospitals, food processing and production environments amongst others. The SteriTouch® strip curtain creates a protective anti-microbial barrier to protect against a variety of bacteria, including E.Coli, MRSA, Legionella and Salmonella so it is perfect where disease control is of the utmost importance.
Most products offering SteriTouch® protection use an additive based on ionic silver technology, which holds extensive approvals including those for food contact.
Additives are supported for inclusion on the Biocidal Products Regulations and are also approved by the FDA, EPA and EFSA. We do not use additives with any health or environmental concerns, such as nano-silver or Triclosan.
Products containing SteriTouch® are sold throughout the world in many different markets, including baby & child, washroom, DIY and healthcare.
Products containing SteriTouch® are routinely tested at an independent laboratory and are typically proven to be at least 99.9% effective against MRSA and E.Coli.
For applications requiring protection against other organisms, testing has also been carried out against Candida, Legionella, Campylobacter and SteriTouch® is also effective against biofilm, the slimy substance caused by clusters of bacterial cells adhering to a hydrated surface. Biofilm is responsible for slippery bath mats, clogged drains and even dental plaque. It can be very difficult to remove retrospectively and is notoriously difficult to treat with antibiotics.
Several customer products have been subjected to accelerated mould tests, including bathroom sealants and grouts, which demonstrated zero mould growth even after 10 years’ simulated ageing.
Once SteriTouch® has been incorporated into a material it is essentially there to stay. Recent independent testing of a new paint range demonstrated no loss in antimicrobial performance even after 10 years of accelerated ageing.
Ionic silver based additives will not lose efficacy due to leaching or migration, and since they are evenly dispersed throughout the material even scratches and abrasion does not affect the antimicrobial performance
Importantly, SteriTouch® additives are unaffected by cleaning chemicals such as chlorine bleach, disinfectants and alcohol. Even harsh industrial products like MEK (methyl ethyl ketone) do not diminish the antimicrobial properties of products containing SteriTouch®.