BioStrike™ Antimicrobial Technology
Floor coverings in schools, hospitals, and office spaces often collect more dirt and grime than any other surface within a building. A 2008 study by microbiologists discovered the average shoe sole contains over 400,000 bacteria, viruses, and parasites. Reducing the number of potential pathogens on flooring surfaces is critical to lowering infection rates and improving the health of all occupants. FlexiFlor with BioStrike™ technology offers an additional layer of protection against the growth and proliferation of these microorganisms.
How it works
BioStrike™ controls the surface concentration of microbes through three mechanisms.
- Protein Damage halts energy production
- DNA Disruption interferes with replication
- Cell Membrane Damage destroys the microbes structure causing essential nutrient loss
Not a coating
Topical antimicrobial surface treatments lose effectiveness from the moment the flooring is washed for the first time and are expensive to maintain. FlexiFlor’s BioStrike™ technology is incorporated throughout the matrix of our FlexiFlor sheet rubber, tile, and treads and cannot wear off, remaining active for its service life.
FlexiFlor is inherently hygienic compared to other floor coverings due to its dimensional stability and virtually seamless installation (giving germs fewer places to hide). The added effect of BioStrike™ works synergistically to maximizing the sterility of the entire flooring system.
Added security for hospitals
A 2017 study of 120 floor sites in four Cleveland-area hospitals found alarming rates of pathogens that populate hospital floors. Transfer of these microorganisms from the floor to footwear, hands, bed rails, bed linens, tray tables, chairs, doorknobs, light switches, and sinks is common and often compromises the health of patients and staff. FlexiFlor with BioStrike™ technology is the ideal solution for reducing microbial growth and spread.
2017 American Journal of Infection Control
- 22 percent of the floor sites were positive for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
- 33 percent of the floor sites were positive for vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE)
- 72 percent of floor sites were positive for Clostridium difficile (C. difficile)
- 1.4 high-touch objects on average were in contact with the floor
- 24 percent of high-touch objects were contaminated with more than one pathogen
- 57 percent of contaminated objects in contact with the floor transferred pathogens (bacteria) to hands