How to protect your home against microorganisms
A modern interior must look good and be functional. It also means responding to the need to maintain hygiene and health in the household. In our store, we carefully select products so that everyone can equip their home with beautiful and useful things. Furniture handles, hangers, door handles or even decorative elements can help us in these difficult times for health. We don't need additional items - we just need to choose them consciously.
The NENA M handle is a classic furniture knob , made under the supervision of craftsmen in Poland.
The world has spread the news that the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus lasts longer on smooth surfaces - metals or glass, than on rough ones. It is easily "washable", so even when bringing plastic containers home, we should wash them with soap and water . However, please stop, because metal is uneven, and we will do much better if we do not produce more new plastic.
Furniture handles that viruses and bacteria do not like
Viruses, plagues and pandemics have haunted humanity from time to time. We forgot about them because they had not been known for a long time. It doesn't mean we have to live in glass bubbles now. Of course, in this situation it is worth considering what we surround ourselves with and how to improve the hygiene of our surroundings.
An antimicrobial surface is one that contains an agent that inhibits the ability of the microorganisms to grow on the surface of the material. Such surfaces are increasingly being explored for possible use in a variety of settings, including clinics, industry and even at home .
The innovation in antimicrobial surfaces is the discovery that copper and its alloys (brass, bronzes, and others) are natural antimicrobial materials that have the inherent properties of destroying a wide variety of microorganisms.
How to get rid of viruses and bacteria at home
One of the test metals that exhibits antimicrobial properties is the well-known silver . Its use is well documented. Another great metal that can fight various microorganisms on its surface is copper . As humanity, we knew about it and used this property in antiquity , but now we have probably forgotten a bit. Copper's antimicrobial mechanisms have been studied for decades and are still there, as we still have a lot to learn from it. We would like to present some of them as an important curiosity.
Recent clinical studies show that hygienic copper touch surfaces can reduce the risk of clinical infections by up to 58%. By using our raw copper handles, you are guaranteed the best protection against unwanted microorganisms.
We also remind you that copper is an important element in the diet of humans and other living organisms . As recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) on nutrition, the average need for copper in adults is 1-2 mg. Fortunately, we can get copper from many products. Dark chocolate, leafy vegetables, legumes, lentils, nuts, organ meats (liver, kidney), and all crustaceans contain copper and are beneficial to health.
Copper and copper alloy surfaces are effective in preventing the growth of bacteria. The following microorganisms were taken into account in the EPA tests: Staphylococcus aureus, Enterobacter aerogenes, golden staphylococcus (MRSA), Escherichia coli 0157: H7 and Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria and others. It has been found in over 355 copper alloys:
Constantly reduce bacterial contamination, achieving a 99.9% reduction within two hours of exposure;
They kill over 99.9% of bacteria within two hours of exposure;
Provides continuous antimicrobial activity, while remaining effective in killing over 99.9% of bacteria within two hours;
They inhibit the accumulation and growth of bacteria within two hours of exposure between cleaning and disinfection steps.
In medical applications, EPA-approved antimicrobial copper products include handrails, handrails, over-the-bed tables, sinks, taps, door handles, toilet equipment, computer keyboards, and more.
Copper and brass with the best antimicrobial killer
The antimicrobial effectiveness of copper alloy touch surfaces has been confirmed in numerous studies. Copper alloy surfaces have specific properties to destroy a wide variety of microorganisms.
In the interest of protecting public health, especially in medical communities, numerous tests have been carried out over the last 10 years regarding the effectiveness of copper killing E. coli O157: H7, methicillin, Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Staphylococcus, Clostridium difficile, influenza A virus. , adenovirus and fungi. Stainless steel has also been studied as it is an important surface material in today's healthcare environments.
Recent studies have shown that copper alloy surfaces kill more than 99.9% of microbes in just 1-2 hours. On stainless steel surfaces, microbes can survive for weeks.
For the most part, the bacterial kill rate of copper alloys increased with increasing copper content in the alloy.
Brass , which has been used frequently in the manufacture of door handles and knobs in the past, also has bactericidal efficacy, but over a slightly longer period of time than pure copper. All nine tested brass were almost completely bactericidal (more than 99.9% mortality) at 20 ° C for 60–270 minutes. Many of them were almost completely bactericidal at 4 ° C - it took 180–360 minutes.
The rate of complete microbial death on the four examined bronzes ranged from 50–270 minutes at 20 ° C and from 180 to 270 minutes at 4 ° C.
Copper and brass fight fungi
The antifungal effectiveness of copper was compared to that of aluminum. For this purpose, the organisms that can cause human infections were selected: Aspergillus spp., Fusarium spp., Penicillium chrysogenum, Aspergillus niger and Candida albicans. There was an increased dying off of fungal spores on copper surfaces, which was not found, for example, in aluminum. In the case of Aspergillus niger, there was an increase in the number of spores on the aluminum coupons and growth in and around the copper coupons was inhibited.