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What is Antimicrobial Paint?
Antimicrobial paint has additives that make the painted surface resistant to microbes such as fungi, viruses, and bacteria. Mold and mildew fall into this category, as do bacteria such as Staph (Staphylococcus aureus), MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), and E. coli (Escherichia coli). The most widely available antimicrobial paint is Sherwin-Williams’ Paint Shield®, which claims to kill 99% of bacteria.
What are the Benefits to Antimicrobial Paint?
Antimicrobial paint has historically been used in hospitals, long-term care facilities, and other health care settings, but in recent years, people have become interested in residential applications. Its ability to kill germs such as MRSA, Staph, and E. coli makes it appealing for those with vulnerable immune systems. In residential settings, it is also valued for its ability to inhibit the growth of mold and mildew. This helps keep walls and trim looking better, longer, and helps eliminate allergy symptoms for many people. Manufacturers of antimicrobial additives also claim that the microbicides help prolong the life of the paint.
Are There any Cons to Using Antimicrobial Paint?
Right now, Sherwin Williams is the only major paint retailer that offers antimicrobial paint, and although they do offer a wide variety of colors (over 500), you may not be able to get every shade. The paint only comes in eggshell finish, so if you have your heart set on flat walls with semi-gloss trim, this type of paint may not work for you.
Although the germ-killing action of antimicrobial paint sounds is attractive to many, the reality is that most people don’t encounter germs on their walls. Germs thrive in moist, humid environments, so dry walls aren’t typically hospitable hosts. Nevertheless, for those with compromised immune systems or serious concerns about the spread of germs, antimicrobial paint does offer extra protection.
Which Rooms Are Best for Antimicrobial Paint?
Inside your home, kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms are the obvious candidates for the germ-killing properties of antimicrobial paint. The added moisture in those rooms means that the environment is more hospitable for viruses and bacteria, and surfaces in these rooms are the most likely to become contaminated.
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