Specifying products with inherent hygienic properties is vital in order to limit the spread of bacteria – especially in healthcare and education settings. As such, Fibo is pleased to announce that all of its waterproof wall panels have now been certified as antibacterial.
In response to the industry demand for certified hygienic products, Fibo’s waterproof wall panels have now been independently tested and verified in accordance with ISO 22196:2011; in addition to an assessment in accordance with the limit value stated in JIS Z 2801. This certification confirms that the wall panel’s surface is able to inhibit the growth of microorganisms that form E.coli and Staphylococcus aureus – bacteria that can cause various infections, or even lead to pneumonia and other serious illnesses.
Thanks to Fibo testing each of its wall panel surfaces, specifiers can rest assured knowing that no matter what design they choose, it will contribute to creating a healthy and hygienic environment – all without compromising on aesthetics. While initially developed for installation in bathrooms, Fibo’s wall panels are the perfect solution for other areas where cleanliness and functionality are important, such as kitchens, hallways and corridors.
Speaking about the launch, Elise Almås, Product Development Director at Fibo, said: “Maintaining hygienic spaces is a critical factor to consider during the specification process across many sectors, including healthcare, education and leisure and hospitality. That’s why we’re proud that all of our wall panels have been proven to help control the spread of infection from unpleasant bacteria. In fact, we have tested all our surface structures and every single combination concluded that it is virtually impossible (99.99%) for bacteria to survive on the panels.
“This combined with the low maintenance benefits – being easy to clean and no grout to potentially harbour germs – makes our wall panels a significant alternative to traditional tiles and is perfect for anyone looking for a watertight solution.”
In addition to the functional aesthetic and antibacterial qualities, Fibo’s wall panels are also very quick and easy to install; they require no specialist tooling and minimal wall preparation, thanks to the company’s unique Aqualock tongue and groove system.
Fibo’s wall panels also come with a market-leading 25-year warranty, providing peace of mind that the wall panels are watertight, robust and will retain their fresh appearance for many years to come.