KRION® Passes Virology Testing
Porcelanosa’s KRION® solid surface material has always performed well in healthcare areas because of its non-porous properties, has no visible joints and can form curved edges to make maintenance easier. However, current circumstances call for special attention to the behavior of viruses, and we have decided to respond to the queries submitted by our associates regarding the infectivity of viruses on KRION® surfaces.
The study was carried out by the Virology Research Services Ltd. laboratory in the United Kingdom, using the FID50 counting system, on samples of KRION® solid surface. During the study, an inert plastic surface similar to the type that is commonly installed in most health centers was used for comparison.
Two types of safe viruses were chosen for this scientific study. The first was the HCoV-NL63 coronavirus, which belongs to the SARS-CoV-2 family. The second was another potentially dangerous virus, Influenza A, which causes the common flu and has a great impact on society during the year.
Conduct of the study
The Virology Research Services Ltd. laboratory was responsible for depositing the non-lethal human coronavirus HCoV-NL63 and the Influenza A virus on an untreated KRION® Snow White 1100 surface and on a plastic surface for comparison, following the modified ISO 21702 standard.
The infectivity of the HCoV-NL63 coronavirus was 82.22% lower 24 hours after coming into contact with a KRION® surface, while in the case of plastic the reduction was 55.28% over the same period of time. After 48 hours, infectivity was 97.25% lower, compared with 98.45% for plastic, and after 72 hours it was 98.22% lower, compared to 98.45% for a plastic surface.
There was an 88.75% reduction in the activity of the Influenza A virus during the first 2 hours of contact with a KRION® surface, whereas the reduction on a plastic surface over the same period was 18.44%. After 24 hours, the presence of the virus on the KRION® surface was reduced by 99.73% compared to 99.97% on plastic and after 48 hours it had decreased by 99.98% compared to 99.99% for plastic.
We conclude that the reduction in infectivity of both viruses on a KRION® surface indicates a lower likelihood of infection. Despite this remarkable discovery, we still urge everyone to follow the health and safety recommendations issued in the current pandemic to prevent the spread of infection.
KRION® Solid Surface: Resistance and Safety
The most advanced mineral compact on the market is synonymous with resistance and safety due to its ability to withstand impacts and solar radiation. It is also non-porous, with imperceptible joins – allowing it to maximize hygiene and prevent the proliferation of bacteria.
KRION® offers excellent mechanical properties and aesthetic qualities, always following the latest design trends, making it the ideal solid surface for any type of project.