At CR&A Custom we are excited to introduce one of our new COVID-19 solutions: SaniTouch, antimicrobial copper film that can be applied on almost any surface to kill bacteria and protect against the spread of viruses.
But how does copper help kill viruses? To find the answer we must take a look at how viruses spread and discover the “contact killing” properties of copper.
Viruses and the “Contact Killing” Properties of Copper
Viruses reproduce by attaching themselves to bacteria, which act as host cells. This process allows viruses to replicate and spread.
Copper, on the other hand, is a naturally self-sanitizing material. Thanks to it atomic structure, it punches holes in the membranes of bacteria and wreaks havoc inside them until it destroys them. This property is known as “contact killing” because copper kills bacteria just by coming in contact with them.
“Contact killing” is possible because bacteria absorb copper ions (electrically charged particles) as if they were nutrients. However, the ions pull oxygen inside the bacteria, damaging their DNA and RNA and killing them. Without bacteria to function as host cells, viruses are left in a weak state and can survive only for a short period of time on a given surface.
Copper Has a Long History as an Antimicrobial Agent
The sanitizing properties of copper have been well-known for thousands of years across many cultures. Phoenician warriors used shavings from their bronze swords (made of copper and tin) to prevent wounds from becoming infected. The Chinese prescribed copper coins to treat a variety of ailments, and the Egyptians used the ankh symbol, that also represents eternal life, to refer to copper in their hieroglyphics.
During the 19th century it was observed that copper workers were amongst the few people immune to cholera in the 1832 and subsequent outbreaks in Paris, France. Since then, copper has been shown to kill a long list of pathogens and it’s considered an effective, scientifically proven way to prevent infections.
A 2015 study found that a different coronavirus, human coronavirus 229E, remained active for at least five days on surfaces made of Teflon, ceramic tiles, glass or silicone, but was “rapidly inactivated” when it came in contact with copper.
Another study conducted this year to determine the stability of SARS-CoV2, the strain that causes COVID-19, found no viable SARS-Cov2 was measured on copper after 4 hours, while it still remained active up to 72 hours on stainless steel and plastic.
SaniTouch is self-adhesive film made of 99.9% copper that can be applied to almost any high-touch surface in order to prevent infections.
Any business or organization can take advantage of the virus-killing properties of SaniTouch. Some possible applications include:
- Door handles
- Counters and desks
- Bathroom fixtures
- Stair or escalator handrails
- Elevator buttons
- Credit card machines (POS)
- Kiosk machines
- Vehicles (cars, buses, trains, trucks)
With SaniTouch, the potential to offer peace of mind and increased protection is limitless. Thanks to its advanced adhesive technology, SaniTouch can be applied on almost any surface. The Polyethylene (PE) core provides robustness and stability, while the outer layer made of 99.9% copper provides effective antibacterial protection.
Combined with other standard hygiene protocols such as washing hands and social distancing, SaniTouch can help significantly mitigate health risks for your customers and employees.
SaniTouch is versatile, durable and transparent. Visit our dedicated page to read Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and learn more about SaniTouch.
Discover the Broad Set of CR&A’S COVID-19 Solutions
At CR&A we offer a wide array of COVID-19 solutions to help you reopen your business and resume activities safely.
Whether it’s SaniTouch, Floor Graphics, Sneeze Guards or Chair Tents, all our products are fully customizable. Used alone or in combination, they contribute to create a safe working environment where everyone feels protected.
We are located at 312 West Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, California and serve clients anywhere in the U.S. and around the world. Request a quote online or contact us today by email (firstname.lastname@example.org), telephone (213-749-4440) or through our social media accounts on Facebook and Instagram.