Anti microbial floor paints applied in a hospital room

Anti bacterial floor paints form the basis for health and safety at work

The floor of a building is the part most vulnerable to bacteria, mould and fungi. Even frequent and thorough cleaning does not guarantee the floor is completely clean and bacteria-free. Therefore, environments, where presence of bacteria may be directly or indirectly a hazard to people, make use of anti bacterial floor paints which reduce the bacteria up to 99,9%.  Such environments include hospitals, food processing facilities,  schools and pharmaceutical industry.

In this article we will take a look at the different types of anti bacterial floor paints and guide you through the coating selection.

A floor paint becomes anti bacterial thanks to additives

An anti bacterial floor coating is a seamless solution that most effectively prevents growth and spreading of bacteria. However, it is important to keep in mind that no floor coating is anti bacterial as a standard; the antibacterial effect needs to be created by incorporating special additives into the coating resin. There are essential three antibacterial additives that are suitable for coatings:

  1. Silver compounds:
    The most common anti bacterial additive in coatings due to its resistant to a wide range of microbes.
  2. Zinc pyrithione:
    An antibacterial additive which is used especially when there is an increased chance for mould, mildew and other fungi.
  3. Copper additives:
    The oldest, nowadays less common additive which prevents microorganisms surviving on the coated surface.

Choose the most suitable anti bacterial floor paint by its properties

Almost any floor coating can be anti bacterial by incorporating the aforementioned additives in the resin. Therefore, the choice of the anti bacterial floor coating should be based on the general coating type rather than the additive.

The following 4 coatings are the most common antibacterial floor paints, and they all different properties; one is resistant to chemicals, one lasts long even in high traffic areas and the other dries fast and easy to apply.

Anti microbial floor paintAcrylicEpoxyPolyurethane
Abrasion resistancePoorExcellentGood
Chemical resistanceModerateVery goodExcellent
Environmentally friendlinessVery goodModerateModerate
Exterior suitabilityModeratePoorExcellent
Fast drying/ curingYesNoYes
FlexibilityModeratePoorExcellent
Impact resistancePoorVery goodGood
Low odourYesYes / No (water and solvent borne solutions)Yes / No (water and solvent borne solutions)

We at Coating.com.au are happy to provide further advice on choosing an antimicrobial coating. We also offer you access to tailored coating tips from our extensive network of coating specialists.

Australian anti bacterial paint contractors

The demand for anti bacterial floor paints is ever-growing, which means that applicators are also needed. In general, applying floor coatings in industrial and commercial environments is a job for a professional contractor; so is applying these antibacterial coatings in  hospitals, schools and other buildings.

In the table below you’ll find a couple of Australian contractors that operate nationwide. If you wish to get in touch with other contractors, feel free to contact us.

ContractorAddress
Flowcrete41 Deakin Street, Brendale, Queensland
D.P.J. Coating Systems2/ 25 Jersey Road, Bayswater, Melbourne, Victoria
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