Antimicrobial Surface Protection
Product Comparison

Concern about hygiene risks associated with high-frequency touch points in buildings has grown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, businesses, property agents and facilities managers are being offered a range of solutions to address this important issue.

Here, we compare Touchpoint Shield with three other main types of product on the market – antimicrobial films, antimicrobial covers and the replacement of items, such as handles and push plates, with new ones with built-in antimicrobial properties.

 

Measure Films Wraps Manufactured handles Touchpoint Shield™
Unit cost

Low to medium – depending on the system used. Films may be made of multiple plastic layers and adhesive, adding to the cost. Some film products are also attached to new push plates which clients are expected to fit.

Film is also likely to be wasted as it can be difficult to apply to curved and irregular shaped items.

Negative customer feedback to the way film wears and curls over time, creating a messy finish, means it often needs to be replaced frequently, adding to costs.

Medium – wraps are designed to fit over current handles so must be precision manufactured. This adds to their cost.

Also wraps only have a limited life time and need to be replaced regularly, adding to ongoing costs.

High – as well as the cost of buying a brand new handle, there is the addition cost of removing the current one and fitting the new one. Though for some organisations, this will amount to fitting hundreds or thousands of handles.

This makes it by far the most expensive option, which high levels of up-front cost and site disruption.

Low – Touchpoint Shield™ is a liquid coating that can be simply applied with a brush by a trained technician in a matter of seconds. This reduces the unit cost of the coating considerably.

Flexibility

Films can be applied to many different items but they still require a significant amount of skill to apply to complex products like door handles.

In some cases, the complexity of the shape may make applying films too difficult, especially considering the standard of finish achieved.

Wraps are designed to fit a standard range of door handles.

Handles that sit outside this range may not be suitable.

Manufactured handles only come in a limited range of designs. This may be a problem if they do not meet your aesthetic requirements.

Most designs are quote plain. Stylish designs are not available..

Touchpoint Shield™ is completely flexible.

There is no limit to the shape or size of the handle that can be coated. We use different application tools to ensure all items are coating efficiently and effectively, providing maximum antimicrobial protection.


Aesthetics

Films will change the look of a door handle.

The less skill with which the film is applied, the ‘worse’ it will look. Quickly, over time, films can peel off and begin to look untidy.

Wraps completely change a door handle’s aesthetic.

For many office managers this is a bit disadvantage where a company brand is defined by the aesthetic of the workplace.

They do have the advantage of being very visible for all to see which does give some reassurance in the appropriate environment, though some clients may feel this heightens anxiety unnecessarily.

These only come in a limited range of designs.

It is unlikely a customer will achieve a straight like for like swap when fitting the new handles

Touchpoint Shield™ is a clear coating. It is all but invisible.

In fact, most agree it a augments the look of door handles and other items it’s applied to by giving them an extra subtle shine. Over time, also, the coating helps to protect handles from scratching, marking and general wear and tear, so maintains the quality of the handle’s finish.

Feel

Films can adversely affect the feel of a handle.

People will know the film is in place, which may cause some consternation and doubt about what it is. As it at risk of peeling off, this affect will be accentuated.

Wraps are less likely to come off than films, but they still change the feel of the use of the door handle, an effect made worse if the wrap becomes damaged and loose.


Will feel like a standard door handle, depending on the quality of the finish.


Handles coated with Touchpoint Shield™ feel just the same as they did before being coated.

In effect, they are coated with an ultra-thin layer of glass that feels just like the metal.

Durability

Films have the lowest durability.

They are at risk of peeling off through repeated touching and scuffing. There is a risk that they can become unsightly and then have to be replaced.

Wraps will last marginally longer than films but not much longer.

They are at risk of scuffing, cracking or being deliberately or inadvertently removed by people as they pass.

The durability depends on the manufacturer’s advice.

It will depend on the material the handle is made from and the quality of the production process.

Touchpoint Shield™ is made from super-tough nanoceramic particles.

In effect, it’s a glass coating that protects the handle surface as well as the people who use it. It cannot be peeled off. It cannot be chipped off without using high levels of force. The only way it can be removed is with a specialist gel. As such it is the most durable appliable antimicrobial product on the market.

Active life

As they are the least durable product on the market, some films may last just a few weeks.

If they are not applied properly, which is a risk, they might only last a few days.

Handle wraps last a little longer than films.

For example, some manufacturers and suppliers recommend replacing them every three to six months.

As long as the handles are manufactured to a high standard, they should last much longer than wraps, with active life measured in several years.

Thanks to its durability, Touchpoint Shield™ will provide antimicrobial protection for up to three years.

That is a conservative estimate. The technology has been used successfully for five years or more for different applications. As such, for an appliable antimicrobial product, Touchpoint Shield™ provides unrivalled durability.

Ease of application

Films can be fiddly and difficult to apply.

Operatives need a high level of skill. This slows down the application process, increasing costs through time taken and product wastage. Even then, films are the least durable product.

Wraps are quick to apply.

Changing all door handles in a building will take a considerable amount of time.

Touchpoint Shield™ can be applied to a standard office door handle in a matter of seconds – certainly less than a minute in most cases.

As such, it is very quick to apply, allowing the all handles and push plates to be treated (usually during out of hours periods) very quickly with little or no client disruption.

As a very small amount of the product is needed to form the secure coating, care and attention by the trained technician is required.

Sustainability

Films are made from plastic so using films creates plastic waste.

As with films, wraps create a steady stream of plastic waste which must be safely disposed of and adds to a client’s carbon footprint.

Door handles also generate waste – in that a door handle must be removed and disposed of or recycled at the end of its life time use.

Touchpoint Shield™ makes use of a very small amount of product for each handle.

The coating is 5 microns thick, half the width of a human hair. Once dry, it is completely inert and safe, and presents no risk to the treated environment.

Find out more about the Touchpoint Shield advantage. Call: 0800 668 1268.