Hospital Radiators: Why Antimicrobial Protection is Essential

Hospitals can be daunting places, with lots of things always going on. Amongst this, it’s important to keep the hospital environment as comfortable and as hygienic as possible for patients, staff and visitors.

The importance of hygiene in hospital environments is well established. Alongside regular cleaning and strong hand hygiene, built-in antimicrobial technology can help contribute to the improved hygiene in healthcare settings.

Many LST radiators and guards now incorporate antibacterial or antimicrobial technologies within their paintwork. This is incorporated to provide optimum hygiene within LST radiators.

Contour are a partner of BioCote®. BioCote® is used for protection within most of our heating solutions.

This blog will explain why we use BioCote® for hospital radiator covers. Read on to find out more…

What is BioCote®?


BioCote® is introduced at the manufacturing stage to offer protection against various microbes: bacteria and mould. Working alongside cleaning regimes and hand hygiene, it delivers the ultimate hygiene protection.

It’s a silver-based antimicrobial technology that lasts the lifespan of the product.

Our LST radiators are painted using a dry powder coating process, which includes BioCote® antimicrobial technology. During this, the paint will have sealed the LST radiator so it’s guarded against damage and corrosion.

How does BioCote® help hospitals?

Hospital Radiators: Why Antimicrobial Protection is Essential

Within hospitals, there’s no doubt for the importance to maintain a good standard of hygiene. BioCote® can reduce the presence of microbes such as MRSA and E. coli.

The technology makes our LST radiators easier to keep hygienically clean by actively working to reduce the number of microbes on the protected surface between the times it would normally be cleaned.

With antimicrobial additives, our BioCote® LST radiators provide optimal protection against bacteria and mould. The surface of the LST radiator are more hygienic and less likely to be a potential risk of cross contamination.

BioCote® conducted an experiment on a live ward, results found that BioCote® protected products were considerably less contaminated with a 96% reduction in bacteria.

BioCote® has been successful to show effectiveness against notable microbes, such as Salmonella and strain Munich.

BioCote® has been proven to reduce microbes on a protected surface by up to 99.99% in two hours, highlighting the significant hygiene improvement BioCote® can provide.


Hospital Radiators: Why Antimicrobial Protection is Essential


Now more than ever, we’re extremely aware of the hygiene levels of the surfaces around us. BioCote® has been found to be extremely useful when it comes to protecting LST radiators against microbes such as bacteria, and mould.

With this, BioCote® can be used to lessen the risk of cross contamination on key surfaces– creating a more hygienic environment by protecting surfaces in hospitals.

To view BioCote’s latest test certificate, or to find out more about this unique antimicrobial, click here.

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About Us

Contour produces a range of innovative, safe surface temperature systems for healthcare, education, mental health, commercial and secure sectors, working in close partnership and collaborating with architects, M&E engineers, NHS Trusts, local authorities, design consultants and contractors to deliver outstanding safe heating solutions.

Contour is the exclusive partner of BioCote® anti-microbial technology for LST and anti-ligature radiators.  BioCote® additives reduce bacteria by up to 99.99%. Contour combines an extensive range of colour-paints is with BioCote® for a durable, high-quality finish.

Contour’s heating solutions offer secure, single-person quick access to radiator guard interiors for regular deep cleaning and maintenance.  Each year, Contour save the NHS millions of pounds in cleaning costs, therefore delivering cleaner, safer environments.  Contour is redefining the marketplace and therefore many regard us as a design and innovation leader within the industry.

Contour has a quality- first philosophy. Our customer-focused team possess a ‘can-do’ attitude, they take pride in developing solutions for your heating requirements.

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