How Cupron Enhanced EOS Surfaces Work
Since Egyptian times, Copper has been known as a microbial killer. While the exact reasons for copper’s negative effect on microbes are not fully known, it is generally agreed that copper ions cause a series of damaging effects on bacterial, fungal, and viral cells. Some of the common theories are that the copper causes leakage of potassium or glutamate through the cells’ outer membrane; the copper disturbs the osmotic balance; the copper binds to proteins that do not require copper; and copper causes oxidative stress by generating hydrogen peroxide.
By combining the extremely hygienic, non-porous nature of EOS Solid Surface with the tested, cutting edge technology of Cupron, EOS is able to offer hospitals, schools, military facilities, hospitality, and homeowners a defense against the rising tide of the planet’s microbes. Every sheet of Cupron Enhanced EOS Surfaces are infused with Cupron technology on all exposed surfaces. Hence, no matter where the sheet is cut, or what part of the sheet is exposed, the Cupron copper-oxide is present.
Cupron is not a film or liquid chemical application. In fact, the Cupron technology within the EOS slabs can actually be seen by the human eye. The infusion of Cupron technology into the EOS makes the power and effectiveness of the copper indefinite. It cannot be worn off or become less effective over time.
EPA Registered for Public Health Claims
In order to submit these claims to the EPA, the surface first had to achieve a 100-percent pass rate of thousands of samples at an independent testing laboratory under the highest laboratory standards available. The samples were tested in various environmental conditions, cleaning protocols, and for efficacy after repeated exposure. EOS Surfaces also performed extensive ASTM testing to support mechanical performance claims.
Specifically, the following statements are included in the EPA registration:
- “This surface continuously reduces bacterial* contamination achieving a 99.9% reduction within two hours of exposure.”
- “This surface kills greater than 99.9% of Gram negative and Gram positive bacteria* within two hours of exposure.”
- “This surface kills greater than 99.9% of bacteria* within two hours and continues to kill 99% of bacteria* even after repeated contamination.”
- “This surface helps inhibit the buildup and growth of bacteria* within two hours of exposure between routine cleaning and sanitizing steps.”
*Testing demonstrates effective antibacterial activity against Staphylococcus aureus (ATCC 6538), Enterobacter aerogenes (ATCC 13048), Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA-ATCC 33592), Escherichia coli O157:H7 (ATCC 35150) and Pseudomonas aeruginosa (ATCC 15442).
The use of the Antimicrobial Cupron Enhanced EOS Surface is a supplement to and not a substitute for standard infection control practices; users must continue to follow all current infection control practices, including those practices related to cleaning and disinfection of environmental surfaces. The Antimicrobial Cupron Enhanced EOS Surface has been shown to reduce microbial contamination but it does not necessarily prevent cross contamination. This product must not be waxed, painted, lacquered, varnished, or otherwise coated.