Natural and synthetic textiles, including carpets and clothing, are excellent places for odour and stain causing microorganisms to grow. The use of the Aegis Microbe Shield is a powerful way to control and prevent the growth of microorganisms that cause illness and material deterioration.
Health Worker Uniforms:
More than 60 percent of health workers’ uniforms sampled by researchers tested positive for pathogens, including the germs that can cause pneumonia, bloodstream infections and drug-resistant infections such as MRSA.
In a study published in the American Journal of infection control (Aug 2011):
- Half of samples obtained from 75 RNs and 60 MDs tested positive for one or more pathogens
- 11% of pathogens were resistant to multiple front line antibiotics
Dr. Phillip Tierno, director of Clinical Microbiology and Immunology, NYU, has stated that your carpet may contain 200,000 bacteria per square inch, which would make it 4,000 times dirtier than your toilet seat. In addition, Dr. Tierno warns that “…hundreds of thousands of bacterial species live in carpets, including E. coli, salmonella, staphylococcus and more.” Carpet can absorb and hold moisture, making it a prime spot for biological pollutants, like mold, to grow.
Every parent of an athlete knows that equipment smells. What they may not know is that that “hockey smell” is not sweat, but rather millions of bacteria growing upon the warm, moist material that touches the skin.
Odours, however, are the least of our problems. Infection may be acquired during sporting activities either direct by person to person spread (for example “scrumpox,” hepatitis B, respiratory infections) or from contact with a contaminated field or pool (for example, sepsis, tetanus, leptospirosis, giardiasis) – with contact sports, water sports and field sports posing most risks. Indirect spread (for example, herpes, fungal infections) may also occur through sharing contaminated equipment, towels, or clothing.
If your business involves cleaning of fabrics and textiles we want to speak with you. We will show you how the Aegis Microbe Shield can help you offer protection from the damage and risks posed by microorganisms to your customers.