Maintaining a germ and mold free interior environment can take many forms. Most commonly, antibacterial cleansers and high-quality air filters and purifiers are used for the job, however, mold and germ resistance or elimination has been incorporated into more products, including paint.
There are several paint products that combat mold and mildew available to the market. Both Kilz (www.kilz.com), and Zinsser (www.rustoleum.com) primers, and Mildewcide paint additives like MX-3 Complete Mildewcide (cfiproducts.com) and Krud Kutter Mc-2 Interior/Exterior Paint Mildewcide (www.rustoleum.com), are just a few of the products that eliminate existing mold and inhibit additional mold growth.
One of the newest products to emerge in this category is Paint Shield by Sherwin-Williams. Initially designed for institutional applications, Paint Shield is reported to kill 99.9 percent of staph, MRSA, ecoli, and enterobacterial microbes after being exposed to the paint’s surface. This paint, which is available in almost 600 colors, is expected to hit the market in the first quarter of 2016.