New flexible antimicrobial surface covering from Alanod protects hospitality businesses against coronaviruses and bacteria

Alanod, the world’s leading manufacturer of specialised coated metal surfaces, has launched MIRO® CU. This unique copper-coated antimicrobial surface covering is designed to protect hospitality staff and customers against the transmission of bacteria and viruses, including coronaviruses.

The benefits of copper in combatting the coronavirus are well-known: a study by The New England Journal of Medicine showed that SARS-CoV-2 was able to retain surface stability on stainless steel and plastics for up to 72 hours but after just four hours no viable virus was found on copper.

Research carried out by independent laboratory Eurovir® has proved that MIRO® CU is highly effective against coronaviruses. In tests, MIRO® CU reduced the presence of the virus by 99.97%.

MIRO® CU is a thin, flexible film backed with a pressure sensitive adhesive that is easy to cut and stick onto existing surfaces, enabling hospitality businesses to protect areas such as counter tops, tables and food service areas.

“Our unique MIRO® CU surface covering allows hospitality businesses to offer a significantly enhanced level of safety to customers and employees. It’s scientifically proven to prevent the spread of coronaviruses, especially on surfaces that many people touch throughout the day, such as bar counters, hotel receptions and POS,” explained Stuart Tranter, General Manager, Alanod UK.

MIRO® CU can be manufactured, serviced or retrofitted to hospitality surfaces that are frequent contact areas for multiple customers, such as hotel gym and sports lockers and luggage storage, where goods are stored and accessed by many different people throughout the day. It can also be used as a removable sticker for light switches and push buttons, for example on hotel elevators.

Copper changes its appearance with age and as a result of contact with other substances, and so, over time, MIRO® CU develops a tarnish. This is a natural evolution of real copper oxides and the surface remains active against virus bacteria and other microbes.

Samples of MIRO® CU are available on request to Alanod. With over 40 years of experience in the research, design, development and manufacture of specialised metal materials, Alanod offers unrivalled application advice and expertise to the hospitality industry and beyond.