PlayArmorTM is the first antimicrobial coating specifically introduced in the recreation industry that protects playground equipment and site amenities. It was created by biochemists and has been registered for use by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
PlayArmor is scientifically proven to provide a long-lasting barrier of antimicrobial protection that’s safe and effective. Its active ingredient
is effective against a broad spectrum of microbial activities with low toxicity to living cells. When applied to a surface, positively charged ions adhere to a variety of surfaces resulting in a bacteriostatic antimicrobial finish that inhibits the growth of microorganisms such as (odor-causing) bacteria, fungi, algae, mold, and mildew.
The active ingredient in PlayArmor forms an invisible, positively charged polymer which chemically bonds to the treated surface of a playground or site furnishing. Think of this coating as a layer of electrically charged, microscopic swords that are imperceptible to the touch.
When a microbe comes in contact with the treated surface, the swords puncture its cell membrane and an electrical charge shocks the pathogen. The microbe is deactivated but PlayArmor maintains its effectiveness.
PlayArmor is a silane quat—a well-established class of antimicrobials — that provides a “mechanical kill” of pathogens rather than a “chemical kill”. In effect, PlayArmor penetrates the cell wall of the pathogen by physically rupturing its membrane and rendering it inactive.
Other antimicrobials on the market poison cells to kill them through leaching technology, creating the potential for the rise of antimicrobial- resistant superbugs—a scenario not possible with PlayArmor’s technology.
NOTE: PlayArmor does not protect against airborne transmission of viruses. Mask wearing and social distancing are still recommended per local requirements during indoor and outdoor play.