The Tile Council of North America’s (TCNA) Product Performance Testing Laboratory has a long history of microbiological testing and research on ceramic tiles and other floor and wall coverings, including ground-breaking research on photocatalytic antimicrobial surfaces and the antimicrobial effects of various metal oxides in glazes. Due to increased testing inquiries during the COVID-19 pandemic, the TCNA Product Performance Testing Laboratory is expanding its microbiology-based services to meet the industry’s growing and ever-changing needs for relevant, up-to-date product testing and analysis.
New services include antiviral testing to determine the survival rates/duration of viruses on different surface materials and the efficacy of common household cleaners to disinfect these surfaces. The TCNA will also be joining the ASTM task force for developing surrogates for coronavirus for testing purposes.
The TCNA Product Performance Testing Laboratory specializes in microbiological testing of floor, wall, and countertop surfaces, whether ceramic, stone, plastic-based, or other hard material. The state-of-the-art lab is uniquely positioned to provide this research on materials used in public and residential spaces in the hope that such research may be helpful to protect individuals against contracting and/or spreading viruses from contaminated interior surfaces.