With flu season in full swing, people (hopefully) become more attentive than usual about the surfaces they touch and do a lot more hand washing than usual. But what if the interiors of schools, airports, hospitals, and other public spaces could help prevent the spread of harmful bacteria?
Though nothing effectively proven to avert the flu to date, research has shown that surfaces, fabrics, and furnishings that are coated with silver ion technology may help improve infection control. Silver is a highly effective, naturally antimicrobial agent that is safe for humans and animals and is already present in many everyday products, according to National Office Furniture. Applying silver ion technology to its wood finishes forms an antimicrobial surface inhibiting the growth of harmful microorganisms by up to 99.4%, which the company illustrates here.
Silver ion technology can also be applied to a variety of textile products, as shown in a video by Dow. You can find this healthy, innovative technology at work in everyday upholsteries and wall coverings, such as those from Pallas Textiles, Decoustics, and Wolf Gordon, or in ceramic tiles from Lea Ceramiche with Microban technology (watch a video about it here).
It may not be bulletproof, but silver promises to help us all confront flu season with a little more peace of mind.