Your hands act as a conveyor belt for germs to enter your respiratory and digestive system from every surface you touch. It is a huge de-learning process to stop doing that since it happens unconsciously without your consent. Therefore, you want to make sure your hands are clean and on the other hand the contact surfaces where you lay down your hands are also nice and tidy.
The downside of hand washing and cleaning as an infection prevention measure is that you need to remember and have the willingness to do that over and over again. Therefore, people have looked into ways to complement those two measures with passive and continuous practices and technologies.
Antimicrobial materials are one straight forward example of such technologies. The antimicrobial features of silver are well known, and for decades people have used silver in various places where germs are not welcomed. It is an ancient trick to drop a silver coin into a water bucket to keep it potable for longer. Similarly, copper has been used in water plumbing and containers as it is a highly antimicrobial material. There are various antimicrobial materials with their characteristics which dictates the possible applications in everyday life.
Furniture represent a significant share of essential contact surfaces in most of the interiors. Particularly within public interiors where chairs and tables have multiple users within the same day, antimicrobial contact surfaces complement the traditional indoor hygiene and infection control measures. This mitigates the risk of infection and the negative consequences towards health, productivity and overall wellbeing.