A good question indeed, what are the qualities of hygiene-oriented products? “In essence, it is a combination of several criteria,” says Ingo Bandurski. The first goal is to minimize the gap sizes, i.e. when joining parts together, there should be no clearance between them, as these “dead spaces” are extremely difficult to clean and therefore risk turning into a breeding ground for germs. Secondly, both the materials and the surfaces must not be absorbent – Kusch+Co achieves this through pore-sealing coatings and dense laminated plastics. “For the Arn series, we use a self-sealing upholstery technique, the fabric is invisibly fixated and prevents the ingress of liquids or dirt into the foam.” A special seam technique is used to guarantee the best possible cleaning. In fact, all used materials have to compatible with intensive disinfectants, such as O2-separators or virucidal agents. Because: in spite of the optimized hygienic properties, a regular disinfection cycle is the non plus ultra – but the hygienic properties facilitate the process and improve the outcome.
On request, Kusch+Co has an antibacterial coating with silver ions on offer. The activated silver ions penetrate into the bacteria’s cells and destroy them, thus inhibiting their growth. “The bacteriostatic effect is immense, as the number of germs is drastically reduced on the surface. Nevertheless, these surfaces require regular cleaning and disinfection as well.”