With the additional focus on Infection Prevention in Senior Living and Healthcare settings communities, antimicrobial textiles are in the spotlight. While antimicrobial textiles are not EPA registered to kill the coronavirus, they can play a critical role in infection control.
Read on to learn about the importance of antimicrobial fabrics, or check out our infection control resources for coronavirus-specific solutions.
1. Why are antimicrobial linens important?
Antimicrobial linens help slow and stop the spread of certain germs. The embedded germ-killing and odor-destroying properties prevent the spread of infections and bacteria-borne skin problems. Because these sheets and towels are self-sanitizing, they stay fresh longer and don’t need to be laundered as frequently.
2. How do antimicrobial linens stop the spread of disease?
Antimicrobial linens stop the spread of disease through silver strands – finer than a human hair – that are woven into every piece. Silver naturally prevents bacteria growth. The silver, carrying a positive charge, is attracted to the bacteria, carrying a negative charge. This attraction breaks the bacteria’s cell wall, destroying the infectious organisms before they have a chance to reproduce.
3. What other advantages do they provide?
Antimicrobial linens protect against acne-causing bacteria, odor, fungus, mildew and mold, in addition to infection control. They also withstand bleach and peroxide, making them incredibly versatile. From bed linens to bathroom towels and even privacy curtains, antimicrobial solutions can be implemented anywhere in your community or buildings!
4. How much do they cost?
Due to the raw materials and silver in the linens, antimicrobial textiles generally cost between 30 – 50% more than traditional solutions. However, these textiles last up to seven times longer and use far less water to clean than traditional terry products. These benefits, coupled with infection control properties, provide a quick return on your investment.
From cost savings to invaluable protection against disease, antimicrobial textiles are an excellent addition to any care setting. Shop for sheets, towels and privacy curtains today. Not sure which to choose? Contact our product experts to learn more about these amazing solutions. If you need help with infection control, contact us or in infection control resource page for more information.