antibacterial paint

What Is Antibacterial Paint? Here’s What You Need To Know



An antibacterial paint is also known as antimicrobial paint, meaning it kills microbes. For example, Paint Shield® by Sherwin Williams is capable of killing 99.9% of microbes. These microbes include viruses and bacteria, most of which are killed off by this special paint within two hours of exposure. Read on to get a better idea of what this paint is capable of as we answer the question What is antibacterial paint?’

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How long does the paint shield last? 

The antimicrobial properties of Paint Shield® by Sherwin Williams can last up to 4 years as long as the integrity of the surface remains intact. Because this paint is a latex paint, it can be applied quickly and dries fast, allowing it to be easily layered if needed. A solid coat of latex paint should last years, as long as the surface is maintained. While the painted surface can withstand gentle washing and everyday wear, one should stray from scrubbing the walls as this may reduce the effectiveness of the paint.

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How do antimicrobial coatings work? 

The painting process is simple, and the paint is applied to a wall and allowed to dry as normal. According to Sherwin Williams, a coat of Paint Shield® is capable of killing “99.9% of Staph (Staphylococcus aureus), E. coli (Escherichia coli), MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), VRE (Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecalis) and Enterobacter aerogenes on painted surfaces within two hours of exposure, and continues to kill 90% of bacteria for up to four years when the integrity of the surface is maintained.” 

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Where can you use antibacterial/antimicrobial paint?

The most common places that this type of paint is used in are high traffic areas susceptible to becoming harbingers of bacteria and viruses. This is an interior paint that can be found in health care facilities, schools, offices, gyms, and more. This type of paint can also be used safely within the home and can reduce the chance of bacteria transferring from walls to one’s skin and other surfaces. High traffic areas within the home such as the kitchen, bathroom, laundry room, mudroom, or entryways are all perfect examples of rooms that would do well to use antimicrobial coating.

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Hire professionals to use paint that kills 99.9% of viruses and bacteria

Now that you know the rundown to the question ‘what is antibacterial paint?’, you may already know spots in your home that could do with a fresh batch of this special type of paint. When you hire professionals, you can know for sure that the job is being done right and that your home’s walls are being adequately protected. Pro Painters is experienced in painting with Paint Shield® and can deliver timely and high-quality results for your home or office, too.