Surfaces that clean themselves so you don’t have to

December 5th, 2013 Category: Educational Establishments

If a sick child goes to school it is very likely that other children will get sick and start to drop like dominoes. Children generally cough and sneeze and never think to wash their hands before touching a surface, meaning that anybody who touches it is at risk of catching the same bug.

This is just one of the many perks of having children – a list that includes having to go to work smelling like Derbac as you’ve caught their nits. 

NanoSeptic is a company that hopes to stop children dropping like flies when there is a bout of stomach flu making its way around the school. It has invented self-cleaning surfaces that can be installed in and out of the classroom.

This technology really is like something straight out of the Jetsons. Using nanotechnology, the surfaces are able to continuously kill bacteria, viruses and fungi without having to use any harmful, and sometimes poisonous, chemicals or heavy metals.

It doesn’t stop there! NanoSeptic offers an extensive range of products including peel-and-stick skins and wraps for surfaces that receive a lot of human traffic, such as push pads/bars on doors and handles, counter, snack and desk mats and mouse pads – particularly good considering how much bacteria lives on the average PC mouse.

The company is also in the middle of developing disposable iPad sleeves that provide a self-cleaning wrap and additional environmental protection. These sleeves would be perfect for classrooms that use tablets as teaching tools – lots of sticky fingers mean lots of germs that can live on surfaces for anything up to 48 hours.

NanoSeptic appears to be quite affordable, the peel-and-stick wrap kits for touch points start from as little as $4 (£2.45). Not bad for a product that could last for up to 12 months. 

Here is the bad news: NanoSeptic’s self-cleaning surfaces are not currently available in the UK and there is no information on when this is likely to change.

But when they do arrive, children across the country will have to think of another excuse to have a day off from school other than being sick!