(CNN) — Sherwin-Williams has created a paint it says can kill bacteria.
Germs are a major cause of healthcare-associated infections in hospitals. “Paint Shield” claims to kill over 99.9 percent of bacteria after it’s been on a painted surface for two hours. Among the targeted bacteria are Staph, MRSA, E. coli, VRE, and Enterobacter aerogenes.
The product can be used on hard, non-porous ceilings, walls, doors, and trim, and is reportedly effective for up to four years.
The paint will come in 590 colors and be available in the U.S. in 2016.
The CDC says such a product would be great but to be deemed effective it must meet a lot of criteria and undergo testing in both a lab and healthcare settings. According to a CNN report, healthcare-associated infections cost U.S. hospitals between $28 billion and $45 billion a year in direct medical expenses.
The paint company suggests the paint can also be used in gyms, day care centers, schools, assisted living environments, hotels, cruise ships and homes.