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Microsafe antimicrobial proven to reduce SARS-CoV-2 on painted surfaces

Microsafe by Hanford+Green, a highly effective antimicrobial paint proven to significantly reduce the growth of harmful bacteria is now proven to reduce SARS-CoV-2 - the virus that causes Covid-19 - on painted surfaces.

Hanford+Green, a UK paint company specialising in performance paints for the commercial market, launched their Microsafe Anti-microbial range in 2020. It was known to be effective against harmful bacteria including Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs), commonly found in healthcare settings and other public spaces. It is now proven to reduce SARS-CoV-2 from painted surfaces. 

Microsafe uses Biomaster’s silver-ion technology. Silver is a natural anti-microbial which has been successfully used to inhibit the growth of bacteria for thousands of years. When used on walls and surfaces the silver ions in Microsafe inhibit bacteria from growing, producing energy, or replicating, and as a result they die.

Viruses are the smallest of all the microbes and are unique because they are only alive and able to multiply inside the cells of other living things. However, they can remain active and transmissible on surfaces from between 24 hours and 7 days, depending on the strain of virus. According to research, SARS-CoV-2 lasts longer on some surfaces than others. On some surfaces it is shown to last up to 7 days after contamination.

Unlike ‘air-purifying’ paint, which is activated by sun-light and does not work inside without using a UV lamp, Microsafe is effective regardless of where it is used. What’s more photoactivated anti-microbial paint coatings degrade over time, as the binder agent used gets destroyed by the reactions produced.  This is not the case with Microsafe which retains its outstanding durability whilst protecting surfaces.

At a time when the spread of Coronavirus and bacteria became a grave concern, Hanford+Green, set out to develop a product that could help protect surfaces in homes, workspaces, schools, hospitals and meeting places.

Adam Green, Co-Founder of Hanford+Green, said: “We set up the business in 2018 to offer industry beating, performance paints exclusively to trade. We wanted to give people a paint that really made a positive practical difference to their lives and businesses. So, we set out to develop a range of paints that stood up to the rigours of commercial spaces and modern living without using solvents or oils that cause fumes and take an age to dry. 

“When Covid-19 hit the logical next step for us was to see how we could continue this mission, of delivering practical solutions and develop a product that could help reduce virus on the painted surface. Providing our customers with a paint solution to help make their homes and spaces more hygienic is our contribution towards this goal at a time when it’s needed most.”

Microsafe is available in all four Hanford+Green high-performance paint finishes: Matt, Low Sheen, Satin and Gloss. All are 100% water-based and out-perform many other commercially available products for durability, coverage and drying time whilst being odourless and one of the most environmentally friendly paint ranges you can buy. Because Hanford+Green’s paint can be re-coated in under 60 minutes it means rooms can be decorated and occupied the same day. What’s more you need a third less paint than most competitor brands, so you save money. All in all, a really positive practical paint solution.

Microsafe is now available to order from Hanford+Green, in any colour and/or finish. Prices on enquiry.

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