To protect against hospital-acquired infections (HAI’s), we embed AEGIS Microbe Shield® into the fabric. AEGIS® is a full spectrum liquid antimicrobial suitable for use in a wide range of cross-linked urethane chemistries, including urethane foams, coatings, and Reaction Injection Molding (RIM) processes. AEGIS® technology is an easy to process liquid formulation that can be pre-mixed into polyols and provides excellent antimicrobial activity in finished products and long-term stability and durability in polymer applications. AEGIS® is a durable and non-leaching antimicrobial technology that has a proven track record.
The active ingredient in AEGIS® forms a protective coating that can molecularly bond with products upon application. Bacteria are attracted to the coating’s positive charge, and upon coming into contact with the treated surface, they quickly die. When applied to surfaces, AEGIS® forms a colorless, odorless, positively charged polymer that attracts, then electrocutes and ruptures, a microbe’s negatively charged cell membrane.
AEGIS® inhibits the growth of bacteria on surfaces by utilizing a charge disruption mode of action. AEGIS® is a cationic antimicrobial that’s attracted to the microbe’s cell wall and neutralizes the cell wall’s natural protection by interacting with cellular proteins needed to maintain cell wall integrity. Its charge- disruption mode of action leads to the eventual breakdown of the microbial cell (also known as lysis), eliminating odor, stains, and deterioration.
AEGIS Microbe Shield® is a brand that is part of the Microban International, Ltd. portfolio of similar products. The Microban® brand and technologies are utilized by 250+ manufacturers on over 1000 products in more than 30 countries worldwide.
Additionally, we apply a finish that prevents stains from becoming embedded into the fabric at the same time as the AEGIS®. These finishes only work with 100% polyester fabric and are applied at over 400 degrees of heat. At that temperature, the fibers in the polyester open and embed the AEGIS® and stain-guard permanently into the fabric.
The colors, patterns, and photos on the curtains are printed on paper using dye sublimation inks and then transferred to the fabric at over 400 degrees of dry heat in two separate passes. The AEGIS® and stain-guard are embedded deeper with these two passes.
Over eight months, we tested curtains for MRSA and C diff by swabbing the high touch areas before laundering and having them analyzed by an independent lab. The curtains tested negative in all tests. This PDF is a summary report of the results.
More about Infection Control, Curtain Options & Maintenance here.
Curtain Attachment Options
All Sereneview curtains have a standard mesh sewn to the fabric permanently. Additional options include snaps and zippers for easy removal for laundering.
We also offer Velcro breakaway curtains for special applications.
How to Care For and Maintain Sereneview® Curtains
With the proper care and maintenance, Sereneview’s Avalon fabric can last over 10 years and our mesh for 2-5 years. Excessive heat will impact the mesh much faster than the fabric. A dedicated curtain/drapery cleaning service will maintain the appearance of the curtains and extend their useful life. Below is a list of companies that we are familiar with. If you are interested in being added to the list, contact us.
Wet Cleaning: Use mild soap or detergent in water NOT TO EXCEED 160°F (synthetic setting) with a high water level and mild agitation. Extract Gently. Repeated laundering with bleach will remove all color from the fabric over time. Clorox Healthcare Peroxide Cleaner Disinfectants is 99.9% as effective as bleach and can be used in the laundry. Applying bleach directly to the fabric will adversely affect the color. Use Clorox Broad Spectrum Quaternary Disinfectant Cleaner can be used as a spray-on hard and soft surfaces. Another excellent disinfectant and bleach alternative is FabricAide.
Spot Cleaning: This fabric has been processed with Synpel A, bodily fluid and stain repellent. Stains can be spot cleaned with a damp sponge or cloth and a typical NON-BLEACH cleaner/germicidal including; oxidizing agents, alcohol disinfectants, quaternary disinfectants, and industrial laundry detergents. The repellent properties have a useful life of twenty-five (25) commercial laundering.
Dry Cleaning: DO NOT DRY CLEAN.
Drying: Air, cabinet, or tumble dry at a low temperature. Do not exceed 20 minutes on synthetic cycle at a maximum of 104°F. Hang or fold immediately after drying.
Finishing: If necessary, press as follows: Hand Iron – Iron at a low heat setting (275°F) using a damp cloth or Steam Iron with a dry press cloth. Grid Head Press – Press for short intervals with minimum steam. Do not lock head. Flat Bed Press – Press the dampened drapery using cloth covering.
Antibacterial Properties: Avalon fabric has AEGIS Microbial Shield® System applied during manufacturing.
For a PDF of the cleaning instructions, click here.
Curtain Cleaning Services
AWC Window Coverings – Fullerton, CA
Curtain Care Plus – Garfield, NJ
Custom Service for Healthcare – La Mesa, CA