The pandemic triggered by Covid -19 has generated new awareness about personal and environmental hygiene.
In any part of the globe the population has been educated to wash their hands in the most appropriate way, not to touch their faces with their hands, to use social distance and not least to wear a mask in any public situation. Social isolation and quarantines have provoked in humans a fear of frequenting public places both outdoors and indoors such as parks, bars and restaurants, fitness centers and SPA often closed completely to avoid being the main cause of the spread of the virus.
Fortunately humanity is resilient and always looking to improve itself and the entire world. While the international scientific community has gathered in the search for a vaccine that could strongly limit the virulence and spread of Covid-19, at the same time in the field of surfaces and construction the R&D community was studying the best solution to make the places where we live healthier and safer.
Today, safety does not only mean paying attention not to harm oneself at home as well as in the workplace or in places of conviviality such as restaurants and bars, but it also means choosing the best surfaces to cover the environments where we hang out.
How materials react to bacterias.
With some scientists demonstrating the virus transfers not only between two people, but also between exposed surfaces and individuals, the surface phobia is just around the corner. Would you touch door handles, handrails or simply place your hand on a wall made of ceramics without asking yourself if it is safe to touch?
Let’s say that the materials available to designers are different and must respond to specific technical characteristics, and surely we can say that before designing any space the architects or designers involved in the process should know which product is safer and which is not.
The scientific community has carried out various studies and published interesting articles concerning the permanence/persistence of viruses and bacteria on surfaces and for example the SARS- COV-2 survives 72 hours on plastic, 48 hours on stainless steel, 24 hours on cardboard and wood while the virus can survive 4 hours on copper and maximum 3 hours on paper.Copper and its alloys such as bronze or brass are inherently antimicrobial, disrupting key cell functions once the metals are exposed to bacteria or viruses.
Talking about antibacterial surfaces our interest goes to the porcelain stoneware tiles. This specific product has the anti-absorption characteristics which respond to the UNI EN 14411 regulation, that fixes the tolerable percentage of absorption at ≤ 0.5%.
But sometimes the best quality porcelain tiles may reach the lowest range of 0.1%, such as the innovative material NEOCLAY, a product that gathers the aesthetical and functional characteristics perfect to be used in any interior space to reach the best healthy design.
The technological breakthrough for an healthy space
The latest news from the porcelain manufacturers world is the introduction of the silver ion technology which helps during the manufacturing process to create a barrier against 99% of bacterias. The interaction of this new technology together with the classic porcelain firing process, (2228 F / 1220 celsius) produces permanent active antibacterial centres inside the outer layers of the ceramic body.
This represents the breakthrough of the porcelain stoneware world offering the opportunity to choose among a range of great design products the best solution for human health. The process will give to the tiles the bactericidal effect, air pollution control, an easy to clean surface and self-cleaning when it rains.
The antimicrobial ceramic surfaces obtained with the new technology process are suitable for any living space, whether residential, commercial or public.
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