How long does COVID-19 live on surfaces?
Did you know that the Coronavirus 2019 can live on the outside of a surgical mask for 7 days, paper money for 4, and stainless steel for 3? Or that a hearty sneeze can travel up to 100 MPH and spew 100,000 droplets? While these are daunting facts to digest, there are advanced scientific technologies, such as Shield Plus upholstery protection, that have been developed to help keep panic (and infection) at bay.
Brief History of Upholstery Surface Protection
Surfaces haven’t always been “antimicrobial” but scientists have made great strides to arrive where they are currently. There are two ways to make a surface “stop the growth of disease-causing micro-organisms.” One is physical alteration- much like sanding a surface so as to deter organisms from attaching. The second is chemical coatings that can destroy the outer layers of the microbes. However, not all methods/coatings were created with butterflies and rainbows in mind.
Nitty-Gritty Truth about Past Upholstery Coatings
Some common predecessors of Shield Plus include coatings such as silver, copper, and zinc. Typically these coatings will seep into the microbe and destroy it. A similar analogy would be walking face first into a spider web and being unable to remove the silky strands. Grappling at your face, you go on with your day visiting place to place taking the spider web with you, leaving a residue wherever you visit. Sadly, science discovered that while the spider web was effective initially, it had negative impacts on the environment, particularly marine life. In addition, it didn’t protect against any mutated strains of the microbe and would eventually wear off through regular daily use.
Okay- what about new technology like Shield Plus?
So how is Shield Plus upholstery protection different from earlier technologies? Instead of sticking to the microbes like a “spider web”, scientists discovered that they could attract the organisms to the surface by using a “permanent, bonded, positively charged molecular coating”. Once the microbe cell nears the surface, it is then pierced by the structure of the coating & BLAMMO!– microbe annihilated. Since Shield Plus is permanent and non-toxic it spotlights as the superhero of the story. Marine life is happy, the surfaces last longer & humans are better protected from nasty disease-causing organisms. The clouds suddenly part, rainbows and butterflies explode onto the scene excited for the scientific breakthrough.
Put your mind at ease.
Shield Plus comes permanently fixed on Panaz upholstery and has been widely used in the UK for many years. Along with vigorous surface disinfection procedures currently in place, clients will be able to feel more at ease knowing that their furniture in public places has Shield Plus applied.