Q: Does the hardware look like copper?
A: There are many different alloys available. Our main copper nickel alloy (Trimco finish code 710CU) has the appearance of stainless steel. Other alloys can be specially formulated and listed but additional charges would apply.
Q: How do I clean my copper hardware?
A: Although the EPA has certified that copper nickel touch surfaces continually kill bacteria, this does not substitute for standard infection control cleaning practices. Please see the EPA statement: The use of a Copper Alloy surface is a supplement to and not a substitute for standard infection control practices; users must continue to follow all current infection control practices, including those practices related to cleaning and disinfection of environmental surfaces. The Copper Alloy surface material has been shown to reduce microbial contamination, but it does not necessarily prevent cross-contamination.
Q: Does Trimco actually manufacture these products?
A: Yes! We have two manufacturing locations. Our main facility in Los Angeles, CA as well as our wholly-owned foundry in Tijuana, Mexico give us the unique ability to manufacture most of our product offering in copper nickel alloys. We can also customize products for specific applications or needs.
Q: What health claims can be made by using these products?
A: Products made from Antimicrobial Copper can be marketed in the US with the following public health claims:
Laboratory testing has shown that when cleaned regularly:
- This surface continuously reduces bacterial* contamination, achieving 99.9% reduction within two hours of exposure.
- This surface kills greater than 99.9% of Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria* within two hours of exposure.
- This surface delivers continuous and ongoing antibacterial* action, remaining effective in killing greater than 99.9% of bacteria* within two hours.
- This surface kills greater than 99.9% of bacteria* within two hours, and continues to kill more than 99% of bacteria* even after repeated contamination.
- This surface helps inhibit the buildup and growth of bacteria* within two hours of exposure between routine cleaning and sanitizing steps.
*Peer reviewed scientific publications show Antimicrobial Copper to be effective against bacteria, viruses, fungi and molds, including MRSA, Influenza A (H1N1), Clostridium difficile and VRE.
Antimicrobial Copper is the only solid metal touch surface to have efficacy data independently verified through the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registration which supports the claim to continuously kill more than 99.9% of the bacteria that cause HCAIs within two hours of contact. Organisms tested are MRSA, Staphylococcus aureus, Enterobacter aerogenes, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, E. coli O157:H7 and Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecalis.
Further work1 has demonstrated that Antimicrobial Copper outperforms two commercially available silver-containing coatings under typical indoor conditions.
A study2 on a busy medical ward at Selly Oak Hospital showed a 90-100% reduction in contamination on Antimicrobial Copper surfaces compared to surfaces made of conventional materials. Trials in the US and Chile confirm these results. Antimicrobial Copper surfaces are a supplement to, and not a substitute for, standard infection control practices and have been shown to reduce microbial contamination.
 Effects of temperature and humidity on the efficacy of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus challenged antimicrobial materials containing silver and copper. H T Michels, J O Noyce and C W Keevil, Letters in Applied Microbiology, 49 (2009) 191-195.
 Role of copper in reducing hospital environment contamination. A L Casey, D Adams, T J Karpanen, P A Lambert, B D Cookson, P Nightingale, L Miruszenko, R Shillam, P Christian and T S J Elliott, J Hosp Infect (2009).
*Laboratory testing shows that, when cleaned regularly, CuVerro surfaces kill greater than 99.9% of the following bacteria within 2 hours of exposure: Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Staphylococcus aureus, Enterobacteraerogenes, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, E. coli O157:H7, and Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococcus faecalis (VRE).
The use of CuVerro® bactericidal copper products is a supplement to and not a substitute for standard infection control practices; users must continue to follow all current infection control practices, including those practices related to cleaning and disinfection of environmental surfaces. This surface has been shown to reduce microbial contamination, but it does not necessarily prevent cross contamination. CuVerro® is a registered trademark of GBC Metals, LLC and is used with permission (TR-0002-1509). See www.CuVerro.com for more details.