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What Types of Bacteria are on Your Floors?

In a 2017 article printed in the American Journal of Infection Control titled, “Comparison of survivability of Staphylococcus aureus and spores of Aspergillus niger on commonly used floor materials’, researchers discovered several interesting conclusions.

They tested how long Staphylococcus aureus which is a common cause of skin infections including abscesses, respiratory infections such as sinusitis and food poisoning and its antibiotic-resistant strains called MRSA, survived on 5 common floor materials.  

The same test was also performed for Aspergillus niger which is a common cause of otomycosis (fungal ear infections).  

The floor materials were Vinyl, porcelain, wood, carpet (commercial and residential).  

The conclusions were that floor materials with hard and smooth surfaces such as vinyl, porcelain and wood allowed both S aureus and A Niger to survive up to 4 weeks.

*Laboratory testing has shown that when cleaned regularly CuVerro® surfaces:

  • Kills greater than 99.9% of bacteria1within two hours, and continues to kill 99% of bacteria1 even after repeated contamination
  • Delivers continuous and ongoing antibacterial1action, remaining effective in killing greater than 99.9% of bacteria1 within 2 hours.
  • Helps inhibit buildup and growth of bacteria1within 2 hours of exposure between routine cleaning and sanitizing steps.
  • Kills greater than 99.9% of Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria1within 2 hours of exposure.
  • Continuously reduces bacterial1contamination, achieving 99.9% reduction within 2 hours of exposure.

1MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus), Staphylococcus aureus, Enterobacter aerogenes, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Escherichia coli O157:H7, and VRE (Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococcus faecalis)