iKONIC Lifts Combat Lift Hygiene Levels
Due to recent circumstances and COVID-19 iKONIC Lifts have been working behind the scene to see how we can aid our lift systems to be as bacteria free as possible. So we are prepared for the new legislations and industry standards that are sure to follow.
We have discovered that there has been research carried by
PhD | Director of technical and regulatory affairs at Microban Europe.
With a conclusion that the number of bacteria present on an elevator button is almost 40 times higher than on a public toilet seat!
Research was carried out in hotels, restaurants, banks, offices, and airports, which showed that the level of bacteria on elevator buttons averaged 313 colony forming units (CFUs) per square centimetre, with only 8 CFUs on the average public toilet seat. The most common bacteria likely to be found being E. coli, Staphylococcus aureus and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).
Nicholas Moon explains, “In a busy environment, an lift button can be touched by many different people, who may of come into contact with many forms of bacterial throughout the day. Even if the buttons are cleaned regularly, the build-up of bacteria can be high. It is easy to see that in some buildings, especially airports and hotels where there are thousands of people from different countries frequently touching lift buttons, allowing for cross-contamination and the spread of disease.”
iKONICs new range of antibacterial protection is designed to be incorporated into products such as plastic buttons at the point of production, providing durable antibacterial and antifungal protection that is designed to last the lifetime of the product.
Our suppliers’ wide range of technologies have specific application but predominantly makes use of third-generation silver. On untreated products, bacteria can potentially double in 20 minutes but ours disrupts their functioning, usually causing them to die within 24 hours. A dedicated certification program ensures that quality testing is regularly carried out on all products and that our antibacterial claims are technically supported.
Mark Hastings Commented “This allows ikONIC Lifts to claim their efficacy for example, preventing 99.9 percent of bacteria.”
“While our treatments should never replace normal hygiene precautions such as routine cleaning with water and disinfectants, they can play an important part in inhibiting the growth and spread of potentially harmful bacteria.”
Research was conducted by the University of Arizona by collecting samples from hotels, restaurants, banks, offices, and airports. The buttons were swabbed with Spongesicle containing 10ml of neutralising buffer. The estimated surface swabbed on each button was 7.06 square centimetres. Agar plates were incubated for five days at 30 degrees centigrade and bacteria colonies were then counted. And hold ISO 9001 accreditation.
iKONIC Lifts new technologies offer built-in antibacterial product protection, dedicated to the continuous development of durable antibacterial solutions for consumer, industrial and medical products. Offers a range of more than 20 different antibacterial technologies, holds more than 100 patents, and conducts more than 40,000 laboratory tests annually to underpin technical efficacy.
The technologies have been licenced to more than 150 partners worldwide including such brands as Whirlpool, Bissell, Rubbermaid, Johnson & Johnson®, Dupont® and many other leading brands who have incorporated antibacterial protection into more than 1,000 products.
For more information check back as we are about to launch our range to all, in the hope to help prevent the spread of any virus or disease.
The iKONIC Team