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Antimicrobial Copper: Brass

United Kingdom

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Antimicrobial copper is a portfolio of materials – consisting of copper and many copper alloys – with inherent, broad-spectrum efficacy against bacteria, viruses and fungi. Among them is brass.

Copper is a well-known material for construction and finishing. Adding zinc to form brass has further advantages. Germs that are harmful to human health can survive on surfaces such as door handles and work surfaces for days, even months. Many can survive in microscopic cracks even when a surface has been cleaned, and some are highly-resistant to disinfectants.

Copper will rapidly kill bacteria and viruses that settle on its surface, and shares this benefit with many commonly-used alloys, such as brasses and bronzes. These are collectively referred to as Antimicrobial Copper. This material, antimicrobial brass, is an alloy of copper and zinc.

The material is intended to offer designers the chance to create a more hygienic environment. Door furniture, taps, hand rails, light switches, etc. Any frequently-touched surface is a breeding ground for germs, which can be picked up on people’s hands and cause infections. By making such surfaces out of Antimicrobial Copper, a designer is providing additional protection against infections, alongside normal cleaning and hand washing.

The brass is available in a range of colours, particularly gold and red. Antimicrobial Copper surfaces can meet a broad range of design aesthetics, enhancing both the hygiene and beauty of a particular project. The product is 100% recyclable.

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