Maintaining rigorous hygiene standards in healthcare settings is important and integrating antimicrobial solutions like BioCote® technology into the facility proves to be a potent infection control measure. An effective approach is to choose antimicrobial-treated furniture, particularly in high-traffic zones like corridors. Selecting items such as radiators with antimicrobial properties not only enhances hygiene but also contributes significantly to minimising microbial transmission in bustling areas. 

As the only Low Surface Temperature (LST) radiator supplier to provide BioCote® antimicrobial protection on its products, The DeepClean range of LST and anti-ligature radiators and guards contains this unique additive which provides an effective and long-lasting solution to combatting a wide range of bacteria.  

In this blog post, we'll look into what BioCote® is, how it works, and why it's crucial for healthcare environments like care homes, schools, and hospitals. 

What is BioCote®? 

BioCote® is a leading antimicrobial additive with over 20 years’ experience. The company specialises in the development and application of antimicrobial technology, making it a trusted choice for various industries. Heating options treated with BioCote® are exclusively available in Contour Heating. We incorporate BioCote® antimicrobial protection directly into the paintwork of our LST and anti-ligature radiator guards, which provides a unique and effective solution against a broad spectrum of bacteria and fungi. 

How Does BioCote® Work?  

Effectiveness: The silver ions in BioCote® play a crucial role in damaging the cell walls of microbes. This disruption interferes with energy production and other cellular functions, preventing the microbes from reproducing. 

Proven Broad Spectrum: BioCote® is proven to be effective against a wide range of bacteria and fungi. The antimicrobial efficacy has been tested against Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria, including MRSA, Escherichia coli (E.coli), Listeria monocytogenes, Streptococcus faecalis, and Salmonella enteritides. 

Fast Acting and Long Lasting: BioCote® treated surfaces show significant microbial reductions within 15 minutes of exposure to living bacteria, with up to a 99.99% reduction in under 2 hours. This performance is expected to last for the entire lifetime of the product. 

Efficiency: The active agents in BioCote® have been extensively used in hospitals as excellent antimicrobials with low toxicity against non-target organisms. Unlike anti-bacterial solutions, there is no evidence to date showing bacterial resistance to BioCote®. 

BioCote® for Radiators in Care Homes, Schools, and Hospitals 

With over two decades of experience, BioCote® is recognised as the market leader in antimicrobial additives. Their specialisation in antimicrobial technology makes them the supplier of choice for companies globally. 

Certified Superior Performance: BioCote® sets a high standard, allowing only products that demonstrate over a 95% reduction in bacteria to use their brand. Contour Heating's LST guards treated with BioCote® undergo regular and rigorous externally audited quality control processes. 

Independently Verified Efficacy: We can provide additional peace of mind by conducting independent laboratory-based QC testing regularly. Full test certification is available for DeepClean products, demonstrating the continual efficacy of the BioCote® treated radiator guards. 

BioCote® Antimicrobial Technology Regulatory Compliance 

To ensure the effectiveness of the application of BioCote® antimicrobial protection, rigorous testing and adherence to industry standards ensure that all Contour's products treated with BioCote® meet and exceed regulatory requirements governing antimicrobial solutions. 

The technology exhibits sustained performance, enduring an artificial aging process equivalent to 25 years, and it complies with US and European regulations, including the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (EPA, US) and Biocide Products Regulation (EU Directives 528/2012, 1907/2006, 2011/65/EU).  

Tested to British Standard BS 6920:2014, these additives are non-toxic, resistant to leaching or washing out, and withstand commonly used cleaning disinfectants, ensuring protection.  

Applications of BioCote® for Varying Environments 

Contour Heating's innovative DeepClean range, fortified with BioCote® antimicrobial protection, finds wide-ranging applications across diverse environments against the spread of harmful pathogens.  

Hygiene and infection control in healthcare settings like hospitals, care homes and nursing homes are particularly crucial to the wellbeing of the residents, the DeepClean radiators and guards ensure a sanitary and secure environment, mitigating the risk of infection.  

Within educational institutions such as schools, the DeepClean range plays a crucial role in fostering a hygienic learning environment, safeguarding both students and faculty.  

Beyond these core sectors, the adaptability of Contour's solution extends to various settings where cleanliness is a priority, allowing customisable options to meet the unique needs of each space and guaranteeing a superior standard of hygiene. 

Enhanced Infection Control with BioCote® Antimicrobial DeepClean LST  

BioCote® antimicrobial protection, integrated into Contour Heating's DeepClean range, stands as an effective, proven, and long-lasting solution for maintaining hygienic environments in care homes, schools, hospitals, and other settings where cleanliness is of utmost importance. The technology's efficiency, certifications, and the reputable history of BioCote® make it a reliable choice for those prioritising antimicrobial performance in their radiators and guards. 

Find out how BioCote® antimicrobial LST can simplify your facility's hygiene management. Get in touch today and schedule a consultation with one of our heating experts.