Germ Warfare

In addition to using antimicrobial-treated products, Sloan Valve Co. suggests that good design and use of products such as sensor-operated faucets helps reduce the number of touchpoints in areas where people can pick up germs.

A specialized hinge design makes installing the XCITE toilet seat easier, and also creates a more hygenic surface. The smooth, edge-free surface promotes cleanliness by limiting areas for dirt and debris to accumulate therby enhancing cleanability, the maker says. 800.558.7651.

CorrectDeck CX features Microban antimicrobial protection that adds resistance to mold and mildew for low maintenance, the maker says. The decking's co-extruded top layer fully encases the exposed wood fibers on the top and sides of each board, providing added resistance to color fade and staining. Available in eight colors to match any home's exterior. 877.332.5877.

Kwik Seal Plus Premium Kitchen Bath Adhesive Caulk features Microban antimicrobal protection to fight the growth of stain- and odor-causing bacteria, mold, and mildew on the caulk. The low-odor material is paintable, cleans up with water, and is backed by a DAP's Crack-Proof Guarantee. 800.543.3840.

When combined with a polished finish, PermaShield-protected Everlife stone slabs are the only 100% natural surfaces certified by the NSF, the Public Health Safety Co., and GreenGuard, the maker says. The surface is also designed to be stain resistant and low-maintenance.

Touchless activation means the Destiny faucet reduces the number of touchpoints in the bathroom for germ transfer. But unlike commercial automatic faucets, Destiny offers sleek style and functionality with controls discreetly located under the sink. 800.289.6636.

Already naturally insect repellant by virtue of suberin, an inherent substance of cork, flooring from Natural Cork is also antimicrobial and resistant to mold and mildew with the help of Microban. In addition, the renewable material offers a warm, comfortable, resilient surface that is gentle underfoot. 800.404.2675.

Harmony Interior Latex low-odor coatings sport the maker's GreenSure symbol. GreenSure products have the highest indoor air quality ratings for low-VOC and low-odor and meet or exceed the GS-11 criteria for coatings used in LEED-certified buildings. 800.474.3794.

Available in dozens of colors from natural earth tones to the high-energy Life! series, all Silestone quartz countertops and backsplashes are engineered with Microban. The additive keeps bacteria from colonizing, so regular clean-up is as easy as wiping down the surface with warm soapy water. 866.268.6837.

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