Hygiene Coatings for Infection Control in Hospitals - Dekro Paints

Hygiene Coatings for Infection Control in Hospitals

We have an extensive research and development team with dedicated micro-biological expertise and have forged strong relationships with leading authorities, educational institutions and independent test centres.

Consequently Dekro can provide a hygienic range of coatings that represents one of the most advanced hygiene protection solutions currently available. The Dekro Hygienic Range complies with the trend towards water-based and low solvent coating formulations which require greater anti-microbial protection. Certain coatings are Organohalogen free.

Our coatings are designed to offer exceptional durability in the most demanding environments. Even in conditions of high humidity and under the most stringent of cleaning regimes, Dekro Hygiene coatings will far outlast traditional gloss paints and other coatings, typically exhibiting life spans in excess of ten years.

Importance of Hygiene Coatings

There are many different types of micro-organisms that co-exist with humans in shared environments with the vast majority harmless, causing no potential threat to humans. However, there are still many micro-organisms that can have a negative impact, causing infection and sometimes disease. Infectious disease caused by the growth and colonisation of micro-organisms contribute to millions of deaths in the world each year and in order to protect against the threat of these organisms it is imperative to take effective hygiene measures so as to eradicate or reduce any unnecessary risk.

Maximum protection

Conventional fungistatic paints release a fungicide by leaching and typically become defenceless against mould and bacteria within a relatively short time. Our special multiple active ingredients are incorporated into the polymer matrix of our hygiene coatings to actively combat the growth of micro-organisms. Our coatings remain active against micro-organisms throughout their long design life. The anti-microbial system does not leach out and washing the surface does not diminish the coating’s ability to prevent microbial growth.


All our hygiene coatings have water-based formulations, in line with the global trend towards environmentally safe products. Consequently they cure without releasing any strong odour, actively combat the growth of micro-organisms and present no fire risks either during application or whilst curing. In addition, they are Mesatile Oxide free and contain no phenols, mercurials or heavy complexes and will not leach out any biocides or other toxic chemicals. 

Long-term Savings

Unlike many traditional materials, our hygiene coatings don’t need to be replaced at the end of their lives; when maintenance is eventually required, a simple re-coat is all that is needed to restore the original performance and life span. Our coatings are designed to offer exceptional durability in the most demanding of environments, with typical life spans in excess of 10 years.

List of Bacteria, Mould (Fungi) and Yeast that Dekro Hygiene Solutions offer protection against:

In hygiene sensitive environments, it is vitally important to protect against the growth of micro-organisms on internal walls and ceilings. 

Hydromed Matt, Hydromed Gloss and Mediflex contain an active film protectant which kills bacteria on contact and prevents the growth of mould (fungi) and yeast.  

List of Bacterial Infections that Dekro Hygiene Solutions offer protection against:

Eschenrichia Coli

More commonly known as E.Coli, this has been identified as one of the biggest threats to food safety, as the level of bacterial contamination needed to produce food poisoning is very low, fewer than 10 individual bacteria can potentially lead to serious illness. The bacteria are found in undercooked meat products such as beef burgers, as well as other products including milk, yoghurt, raw vegetables and water. It can be spread from person to person if personal hygiene is inadequate.

Methicillin Resistant Stryphylococcus Aureus

MRSA is a form of bacteria which has caused massive problems in hospitals, doctors surgeries and clinics. It causes wound infections in people who have had recent surgery or injury and can cause chronic health problems, amputations or even death. It is one of the most dangerous forms of bacteria, because normal antibiotics do not kill it. An infected patient treated in hospital is usually kept in isolation and once the patient leaves it is imperative that the room be comprehensively cleaned to eradicate the presence of MRSA.

Salmonella Typhimurium

Salmonella is the second most common cause of food poisoning. Contaminated meat products such as burgers, sausages and chicken, are the main causes of infection and a relatively high mortality rate is common with this organism, especially in the elderly, demonstrating the need for safe handling of food and strict hygiene regimes.

Candida Albicans

A type of yeast like fungi present in all human beings; problems can occur when the amount of this yeast becomes abnormal. Symptoms of the Candida infection include thrush, athlete’s foot and migraines. Even though Candida species are normally confined to the human body there are frequently cases where it has been discovered in hospitals, on food, counter tops and floors. It is imperative that all of these areas are impeccably clean at all times.                                                                                                                                    

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