In fact, there are over 500 different antimicrobial copper alloy compositions registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that span a wide range of engineering properties, colors and finishes. Products and surfaces manufactured from these solid metal alloys continuously kill harmful bacteria* that cause infections when cleaned regularly.
The antimicrobial property of copper based alloys, like brass and bronze, is inherent to the metals and will last for the entire lifespan of the product when used in accordance with label directions. Antimicrobial copper alloys are also completely recyclable and complement sustainable design practices.
*Laboratory testing shows that, when cleaned regularly, antimicrobial copper surfaces kill greater than 99.9% of the following bacteria within 2 hours of exposure: MRSA, VRE, Staphylococcus aureus, Enterobacter aerogenes, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and E. coli O157:H7. Antimicrobial copper surfaces are a supplement to and not a substitute for standard infection control practices and have been shown to reduce microbial contamination, but do not necessarily prevent cross contamination or infections; users must continue to follow all current infection control practices.
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