Protecting the paint surface from bacteria
Argentum Plus 7 and 20 are special waterborne topcoats for interior walls and ceilings. They have been designed to protect and beautify surfaces in demanding applications, for example in healthcare facilities where maintaining a high standard of hygiene is extremely important.
Good cleaning practices are essential to achieve a high level of hygiene. To prevent the growth of bacteria on the painted surface, Argentum Plus 7 and 20 contain silver phosphate glass. Both products have been tested according to the ISO 22196 standard (Measurement of antibacterial activity on plastics and other non-porous surfaces) with an exposure time of 24 hours.
Excellent protection against coronavirus
Argentum Plus wall and ceiling paints are proven to speed up the inactivation of coronaviruses that come into contact with the painted surface. Test results show high virus-inactivating activity against bovine coronavirus (S379 Riems) using the quantitative carrier test according to ISO 21702:201. Bovine coronavirus is similar to SARS coronaviruses in structure and genetics, thus these results can be assumed to be the same for similar human coronaviruses. Testing was carried out by Eurofins laboratory (date of test report: 3 February 2022).
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Wear and abrasion resistant
Argentum Plus paints withstand heavy wear in demanding conditions and can be safely cleaned with hospital detergents and disinfectants.
They are the perfect choice for walls and ceilings in spaces where excellent abrasion resistance and a high level of hygiene is required, such as hospital corridors, patient rooms and other facilities where the painted surfaces are under major stress.
How does Argentum Plus work against bacterial growth?
Argentum Plus forms an easy-to-clean surface. The paints contain silver phosphate glass, which is an effective agent that prevents the growth of bacteria on the painted surface.
Tikkurila paints help keep New Children’s Hospital hygienic and healthy
The New Children’s Hospital in Helsinki opened its doors to patients in September 2018, focusing on specialized healthcare for children across Finland.
Argentum Plus, an M1-class paint, was specified in the New Children’s Hospital for spaces with particularly strict hygiene requirements.
Children's hospital painted with special Tikkurila paints
The Department of Pediatric Surgery and Organ Transplantation at the Children's Memorial Health Institute in Warsaw, Poland is gaining a new, friendly face for its young patients. The entire fourth floor has been renovated with Tikkurila paints, brightening up an area where treatments often save children's lives.
For this important task, a specialist paint was chosen that has been designed for locations where a high level of hygiene is required – Tikkurila Argentum Plus 20.
Reduced emissions during and after painting
Argentum Plus 7 and 20 are M1-class paints, meaning they contribute to lower emissions during and after painting.
The M1 classification sets maximum limits for the emission of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), formaldehyde and ammonia. The acceptability of the odour is also assessed as part of the classification process. Only materials that emit extremely low levels of compounds into the atmosphere achieve M1 classification.