Paint Shield® Antimicrobial Paint by Sherwin-Williams: Patented Interior Paint Formula Kills Microbes that Cause Infection

It goes without saying that COVID-19 has changed everyone’s lives. From work to school to socialization and everything in between, we have a new way of going about everyday activities in order to safeguard ourselves from an invisible and unforgiving enemy, the Coronavirus. That’s why we’re grateful to Sherwin-Williams for producing Paint Shield, a special microbicidal (bacteria-killing) paint that works to control the spread of potentially dangerous pathogens. Paint Shield is the first microbicidal paint ever to be registered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This remarkable product is capable of killing harmful bacteria within two hours of exposure on painted surfaces. It remains effective even four years after application, as it will continue to kill 90% of germs regardless of how many times the painted surface is washed.

Kills More Than 99.9% of Bacteria

The pathogens that Paint Shield kills include Staph (staphylococcus aureus), MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), E. coli (Escherichia coli), VRE (Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecalis), and Enterobacter aerogenes. In light of COVID-19, many commercial buildings and facilities have ramped up their sanitation and disinfection practices, and Paint Shield is a great way to supplement these practices in a “set it and forget it” way, since it provides building owners with a method of preventing the spread of common diseases.

The Role of Microbicidal Paint

Germ-killing paint can contribute to the safety of an interior space like never before. Coatings made with antimicrobial agents help prevent the growth of mold, mildew, and – most important – illness-causing microbes, while also inhibiting odors caused by bacteria. The great majority of harmful bacteria and viruses that lurk unseen will be unable to survive more than two hours (and most will die well before then) on a surface that’s been painted with Paint Shield.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average American spends approximately 90% of their time indoors where disease-causing bacteria can really thrive, especially when windows are closed. But that time percentage will be even higher in autumn and winter, especially if we must go back to some form of lockdown. The Coronavirus has made people of all ages far more aware of how pathogens linger on painted surfaces like walls, door frames, and handrails – places that are frequently touched, or even coughed or sneezed upon. The places we may visit regularly, such as gyms, schools, day care centers, stores, medical offices, restaurants, and offices, are visited by a regular stream of people, some who are carrying contagious viruses and bacteria.

Pathogen-Killing Paint for Greater Peace of Mind

When business owners and facility managers choose Paint Shield over conventional paint, they can increase the sanitization factor of the space as the product works with regular cleaning methods to lower the likelihood of disease transmission. Routine mopping of floors and disinfection of doorknobs, rails, and other frequently touched surfaces is critical, but it neglects wall surfaces, which may harbor dangerous germs. That’s where Paint Shield comes in, making those painted surfaces uninhabitable to pathogens that cause a wide variety of illnesses.

Arch Painting has been certified by Sherwin-Williams in the proper application of Paint Shield. All of our clients who choose this innovative product will receive an official Paint Shield Certification Plaque to display for all visitors to see. That way they will know you’ve made a smart choice that further safeguards them in these unsettling times.

Contact Arch Painting if you are interested in using Paint Shield® for your next interior project

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