Since the onset of Covid-19, DeBourgh Lockers has seen a significant increase in requests for antimicrobial coatings for our lockers. The global antimicrobial coatings market size has increased rapidly in the last year, with an estimated value of $8.1 billion in 2020 and expected growth at a compound annual growth rate of 13.1% from 2021 to 2028.
Engineers and scientists have been developing long-term solutions to protect against disease-causing organisms without negatively impacting budgets, timelines, or the end-user experience. Antimicrobial coatings are a simple and elegant solution to the increasingly important battle against disease-causing microbes. They are used as additives in the manufacturing process of all types of paint and powder coatings, including varnishes and decorative finishes. These coatings resist, inhibit, and prevent the growth of microbes, including bacteria, fungus, viruses, and mold.
Specific antimicrobial additives proven to have superior biocidal efficacy, such as silver, copper, and zinc, will not leech, cause discoloration, or impact the look of the final finish of our smart locker system products. These additives will last for the lifetime of your paint or coating and can protect against up to 99.9% of bacteria, mold, fungi, and viruses. This means your locker systems can can actively fight off disease and damage-causing microbes on a daily basis.
Increase Locker Value
The ability to minimize microbial colonization also reduces the potential for staining, discoloration, and unpleasant odor over the lifetime of your storage lockers. These coatings effectively reduce mold and fungus growth, critical for areas where lockers are exposed to water or humid conditions, such as athletic lockers at gyms, recreation centers, and aquatic facilities.
These coatings are designed to prevent material degradation and increase surface durability and corrosion resistance, extending the functional lifespan of your storage locker space. They can also make graffiti less adherent and easier to remove.
Antimicrobial coatings lower costs by reducing the need for maintenance staff and cleaning supplies. Cleaning and disinfecting with strong chemicals takes extra time, is labor-intensive, and only a short-term solution to fighting germs and microbes that require frequent and repeated applications.
We know that each time a harsh cleaning solution is used, it increases the amount of wear and tear to the locker’s surface. So, antimicrobial coatings can reduce ongoing repair and maintenance costs and increase the longevity of your locker system, saving money throughout the lifespan of the coated product.
Create a Safer, Greener Environment
Reducing the need for harsh cleaning agents and disinfectants also reduces your storage and athletic lockers’ carbon footprint and contributes to overall air quality by lowering the number of bacteria and germs in the air. Antimicrobial coatings are a tangible way of reassuring clients and end-users that your facilities are state-of-the-art and optimized to the highest standards for health and safety. This added protection demonstrates on an ongoing basis that your business or organization takes health and security seriously and values the wellbeing of everyone in the building, from the janitorial staff to the daily users.
Established industry standards gauge how well various antimicrobial coatings inhibit the
growth of microbes. Laboratory testing can determine the number of microbes surviving after a particular time period, from less than a minute to 24 hours or more, and help you provide proof of efficacy to your organization’s clients or board of directors.
Our all-welded lockers protect everything, from personal items to work tools and digital devices, for the lifetime of the building. Store your athletic gear securely with high-quality lockers from debourgh.com. Contact us about the latest locker system technology for your project today.