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dp-BioCote Quartz produces astonishing results in full year classroom trials


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orking in conjunction with BioCote Ltd and other users of BioCote® technology, Decorative Panels created a classroom in a UK Primary school using dp-BioCote Quartz sheet materials, in order to see how effective the BioCote® treatment would be in inhibiting the growth of harmful microbes.


The results have been astonishing, with huge reductions in the levels of active bacteria within the classroom.


School classrooms present the classic factors important for the spread of microbes; close contact of people for prolonged periods, numerous commonly touched communal surfaces and isolated cleaning. The aim of the study was to measure and compare the numbers of bacteria in two classrooms after antimicrobial technology had been extensively applied to one, whilst the second remained unchanged as the control sample. The rationale was simple, does the application of antimicrobial technology to a classroom have a beneficial impact? Over the academic year, levels of bacteria were measured on the surfaces of products. Simultaneously, data was collected from comparable items in both classrooms – treated and untreated. The demographics of both classrooms were suitably comparable.


Both classrooms were used and cleaned as normal, including; the wiping of sinks, draining board and table tops, sweeping the hard floor and vacuuming the carpet. In addition, a weekly clean involved dusting of computers, shelves and worktops and mopping of non-absorbent floors. Antimicrobial products were swabbed from the classroom whilst corresponding, untreated products and surfaces in the control classroom were swabbed at the same time. Swabs were collected before and after the school day and processed appropriately in the microbiology laboratory to isolate, count and where possible, identify bacteria recovered from the study classrooms.


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The statistics from the study speak for themselves. The difference in total bacterial counts between the two classrooms was 95.68%. A comparison of the average number of bacteria recovered from all BioCote® treated products, with all corresponding products in the control classroom, revealed almost 96% less bacterial contamination in the antimicrobial classroom. Following such a resounding success, it can be seen that dp-BioCote Quartz sheet material has a significant role to play in many applications of furniture manufacture and fit out. As well as the clear benefits in the education sector; market areas such as hospitals, health centres, care homes, student accommodation, catering and of course office and contract furniture, would all benefit from the exceptional antibacterial resistant properties of dp- BioCote Quartz. dp-BioCote Quartz offers exceptionally high abrasion resistance, far greater than that of a high pressure laminate. There are six decors available; three woodgrains and three unicolours, all of which are available laminated on an extensive range of substrate materials including Chipboard, MDF, dp- lite hollowcore board and Plywood.


For more information, and access to full technical reports and performance 01484 658341 info@decorativepanels.co.ukmartin@decorativepanels.co.uk


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