A new pot of paint could prove the latest tool in the war on hospital superbugs, destroying potentially life-threatening infections within two hours of exposure.The product does not merely inhibit the growth of common bacteria, but has the power to kill the dangerous microbes, experts said. Marketed as Paint Shield, experiments found it kills more than 99 per cent of virulent strains that can trigger MRSA and E.coli. The paint can be applied to interior hard, non-porous ceilings, walls, doors and trim.
Chris Connor, chairman and chief executive of the firm, said: ‘By killing infectious pathogens on painted surfaces, Paint Shield is a game-changing advancement in coatings technology.’
The product, which is the first Environmental Protection Agency-registered microbicidal paint, targets bacteria including Staph (Staphylococcus aureus), MRSA, E.coli, Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecalis and Enterobacter aerogenes within two hours of exposure.
The exclusive patented technology in Paint Shield represents the culmination of extensive research and collaboration between Sherwin-Williams coatings scientists and expert microbiologists.
Paint Shield will be available in 590 colours and Sherwin-Williams expect it to be available in stores across the US early next year.
By LIZZIE PARRY FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 11:15 EST, 29 October 2015 | UPDATED: 14:12 EST, 29 October 2015
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