Bios - Antibacterial
Bios Antibacterial® is the range of porcelain stoneware flooring and wall covering products that can remove up to 99.9% of the four most common bacterial strains in confined environments, i.e.: Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Enterococcus faecalis.
The HYDROTECT® technology exploits the antibacterial properties of titanium dioxide, a natural material that doesn’t release any harmful emission and that, in interior applications, allows for a considerable reduction of harmful substances, thereby ensuring a healthier environment while eliminating odours.
Bacteria in the environmenti
Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Enterococcus faecalis are largely responsible for hospital-acquired infections and have been taken as standard indicators, because they are the most aggressive class of bacteria, which sometimes can even be resistant to antibiotics.
When a product can be called antibacterial
After strict lab tests, Bios Antibacterial® HYDROTECT turned out to be extremely effective, as it can remove 99.9% of the main four bacterial strains living in confined areas: Staphylococcus aureus, Enterococcus faecalis, Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa. As a matter of fact, a 100% anti-bacterial effect cannot be ensured, so the effectiveness threshold has been set by researchers all over the world at over 90%, because only at such levels can a really significant reduction in bacteria be measured. That’s why in terms of antibacterial effectiveness the scientific community will not take into account any rating under 90% and products that fail to achieve such level may not be called antibacterial. In addition, research has shown that Bios Antibacterial® HYDROTECT needs no light to be activated, and in a humid environment, which is traditionally a fertile ground for the growth of bacterial flora, its beneficial effects are even greater. Note, however, that, even if capable of removing 99.9% of the 4 main bacterial strains living in the environment and reducing viral growth, the Bios Antibacterial® HYDROTECT technology cannot ensure perfect immunity to infections. Therefore, depending on the way a place is to be used, the surfaces should be treated with appropriate cleaning and disinfection procedures.
Bad smells are some of the factors that most deteriorate the quality of an environment, as well as being a tangible sign of a low level of air and surface hygiene. In bathrooms, bad smells are generated by a combination of urea,germs and bacteria that produce ammonia and trimethylamine. Similar effects may be had in kitchens as a reaction with organic micro-residues. In addition, also in bathrooms or poolside, a concentration of sebum and shed skin cells, combined with germs, forms stains and slippery spots that, as well as deteriorating the appearance of a facing, may reduce the anti-slipping properties of the surfaces and their safety when walked over.
In all these cases, the antibacterial effect of Bios Antibacterial® helps remove bad smells and retain the anti-slipping properties of the tiles even without any light, for perfect safety.