Cleaning and Maintaining Antimicrobial Copper Surfaces

 

Cleaning and maintaining the attractive appearance of antimicrobial copper components is quite simple. Routine cleaning to remove dirt and grime is necessary, but that’s all it takes for antimicrobial copper surfaces to remain effective. Watch this video to see how Grinnell Regional Medical Center deployed antimicrobial copper without having to alter their existing cleaning and disinfection practices.

 

EPA Registration Copper Stewardship Site

After rigorous testing and evaluation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency registered copper alloys as antimicrobial public health materials.  Frequently touched surfaces made from uncoated EPA-registered copper alloy materials continuously kill bacteria* within two hours of contact when cleaned regularly.  

Over 500 copper alloy chemistries are currently registered under the U.S. Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act's no "unreasonable adverse effects" standard which signifies that products made from these materials are effective and pose no risks to public health or the environment.

As a condition of the registration, EPA required the development of this "Stewardship" website to serve as an information clearinghouse and resource for conveying accurate information to the public and the infection control community about the efficacy and proper use and care of antimicrobial copper alloy materials.  The website also contains guidance on permissible advertising claims for EPA-registered raw material and product suppliers.