Hospitals must follow the proper cleaning regulations to maintain a clean and hygienic environment. Cleanliness is essential in hospitals and medical practices to reduce the spread of germs and viruses as much as possible. Patients and individuals who are considered at risk of such viruses need to be protected. Reducing their exposure to bacteria, germs, and mould is a must, and the only way to do that effectively is by following the Care Quality Commission (CQC) regulations. The CQC inspect, monitor, and rate hospitals and public health institutions on their cleanliness, covering both the state of the premises and the equipment.
Something that many clinics and hospitals overlook with regards to maintaining cleanliness within the premises is the construction sealant used throughout the establishment. Construction sealant is often used in hospitals for applications like sealing leaks, fixing tiles, securing mirrors, sealing holes and cracks, sealing ventilation systems, and sealing showers and baths in hospital bathrooms, etc. The problem with traditional construction sealants used in most hospitals today is their inability to resist mould and bacteria.
Why mouldy sealant is a problem for hospitals
Mould produces allergens, which are substances that can cause allergic reactions that differ from person to person. If you have asthma, mouldy sealant can trigger a surprise asthma attack. This is obviously a huge concern for patients who suffer from asthma as mouldy sealant can worsen their symptoms. Some moulds contain toxic substances and irritants. Being in close range to such mould surfaces can lead to allergic reactions including a runny nose, red and itchy eyes, irritated skin, sneezing, coughing, and skin rashes.
Patients with existing skin problems such as eczema will be particularly sensitive to mouldy sealant. The young and elderly will also be more sensitive to mould, as well as those with existing respiratory problems and those with a weakened immune system.
Why does sealant get mouldy?
Mouldy sealant is caused when water has seeped behind the sealant. Mould thrives in damp conditions where excess moisture is a common occurrence. Leaking pipes or rain seeping in from doors and windows of hospitals or clinics are possible causes of dampness and mould within the building. If you have mouldy sealant, it is imperative to the health of both staff, patients, and guests, that the problem is addressed properly. It’s also advised to replace the existing sealant for a mould resistant sanitary sealant that can resist mould and fungal infestations.
What is the best mould resistant sealant for hospitals?
BT1 is the best mould resistant sealant for hospitals and clinics because it is based on TRIBRID® Technology, which enables it to prevent bacteria, mould, and fungus from breeding on its surface. Using BT1 mould resistant sealant in hospitals and other public health institutes is the best and safest way to maintain a hygienic surface free of solvents, isocyanates, bacteria, and mould. BT1 has also been scientifically proven to reduce bacteria by up to 99.99%, making it the best possible sealant to use within hospitals and clinics.