FAQ

WHAT IS AEREUS SHIELD?

Aereus Shield is a copper alloy coating with a high copper content applied during the manufacturing process. Aereus Shield is a permanent coating because it is mechanically bonded to the surface of the product. The properties of Aereus Shield create conditions that have been shown to persistently kill bacteria.

WHY COPPER?

Aereus is Latin for “coated in copper”. Copper and copper alloys present an effective, natural means of killing bacteria without chemicals. Even Ancient Egyptians used copper to sterilize their surfaces and important tools. 

WHY HAVEN’T I SEEN COPPER USED BEFORE?

Solid copper is not only expensive, but it is difficult to manufacture and discolours quickly under variable conditions.

WHY DOES AEREUS SHIELD HAVE A SILVER COLOR?

The proprietary alloy of Aereus Shield creates a coating with a silver colour and high durability. Unlike solid copper, Aereus Shield is suitable for long-term use.

DOES AEREUS SHIELD KILL SUPERBUGS?

Based on our trials, Aereus Shield is an effective antimicrobial. The coating has been shown to quickly perforate the bacterial cell’s membrane, halting DNA replication and gene transfer.

HOW FAST DOES IT KILL BACTERIA?

Aereus Shield persistently kills bacteria.

WHY NOT USE A BACTERIA SPRAY OR HAND SANITIZER?

In any situation hand washing is the first line of defense against all germs. Disinfectant sprays and cleaning protocols in hospitals are effective at the time they are applied. Bacteria, however, will repopulate to its original population in less than 30 minutes. In a healthcare setting such as a hospital, long term care facility, dentist office or veterinarian it is important to use as many interventions as possible for disinfection.

DO YOU NEED TO CLEAN AEREUS SHIELD?

Copper coatings are not a substitute for standard infection control practices. Although Aereus Shield has been shown to reduce microbial contamination, it does not necessarily prevent cross contamination; users must continue to follow all routine infection control and cleaning practices.

CAN YOU PAINT IT OR REFINISH AEREUS SHIELD?

No, any finish applied over Aereus Shield creates a barrier against the power of Aereus Shield coating and will stop Aereus Shield’s ability to kill bacteria.

WHAT WILL THE COATING LOOK LIKE IN 10 YEARS?

If it is not abused, Aereus Shield will look the same or slightly more polished.