Floor and Wall System minimizes growth of mold and bacteria.

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Non-porous Seamless Floor and Wall System is easily cleaned and minimize areas where mold, bacteria and other infectious agents might grow. Flooring system can be installed with integral cove bases that can be seamlessly transitioned from wall system. Antimicrobial additive protects floor or wall from microbial attack and helps reduce odor. Applications include schools, hospitals, clinics, cafeterias, and food and beverage plants.

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General Polymers Antimicrobial Flooring and Wall Systems Help Minimize the Growth of Mold, Bacteria and Microbes

CINCINNATI, OH (October 29. 2002) -Concerns about indoor exposure to mold in public and commercial buildings are growing daily as the public learns that exposure to mold and microbial contamination can cause a variety of allergic reactions and illnesses.

A healthy environment has everything to do with proper cleaning procedures. Designing facilities with materials that are easy to clean and maintain -such as General Polymers Seamless Floor and Wall Systems -help control mold, bacteria and other microbial growth, but cleaning procedures are ultimately responsible for a healthy building.

Schools, hospitals, clinics, restaurants, kitchens, cafeterias, food and beverage processing plants and animal care facilities, in particular, pose challenging environments to maintain because of the constant source of nutrients upon which microbes thrive.

Designing buildings for sustainability is important for interior building health. Where frequent and aggressive cleaning procedures are required, the life cycle of some products can be significantly reduced. Specifying more durable and longer lasting finishes, such as General Polymers Seamless Floor and Wall Systems, reduces the frequency of replacement and interruption of facility services.

General Polymers' seamless, non-porous flooring and integral wall systems are easily cleaned and minimize areas where mold, bacteria and other infectious agents might grow. This is especially true in wet environments but can also improve the overall indoor air quality in dry conditions with a proper cleaning program.

All General Polymers' flooring systems can be installed with integral cove bases that can be seamlessly transitioned from the wall system. All products are available with an antimicrobial additive that will protect the floor or wall system from microbial attack. Utilizing General Polymers' systems with an antimicrobial additive can also help reduce odor associated with the presence of mold or bacteria.

General Polymers recommends seamless floor and wall systems for the following applications:

Area                     System                 Benefits
Animal Care CERAM(TM) Decorative, Long Life
Food/Beverage Processing FasTop(TM) S&M Rapid Return to Service
Existing New Construction TPM® 115 Cost Effective
Hospital & Clinics Terrazzo Decorative, Low Life Cycle Cost
School Cafeterias CERAMIC CARPET(TM) Decorative, Non-Slip
School Corridors Terrazzo Design Options, Easily Cleaned
Wall Systems SANIFLEX® Impact Resistant
General Polymers' products are used to create durable, chemical resistant and high-impact floor and wall systems used in the food and beverage, pharmaceutical, automotive, commercial and institutional markets.

General Polymers and its parent, Sherwin-Williams, combine to formn the nation's only full service supplier of specialized floor and wall covering systems. That means companies with multiple facilities can achieve consistent product performance and consistent aesthetics, regardless of geography. Working through its nationwide network of locally-based Certified Flooring Installation Contractors, General Polymers is perfectly positioned to meet both new construction and renovation needs of national companies, everywhere. Similarly, Sherwin-Williams' national design group helps customers set and maintain color standards to accomplish branding constants across all market boundaries. National specifications and local access assure proper initial installation and a convenient resource for day-to-day maintenance - a service available only from General Polymers and Sherwin-Williams.

For more information about all the ways seamless, non-porous flooring and integral wall systems can minimize microbial growth plus installation tips or technical notes, visit www.generalpolymers.com or contact General Polymers, 145 Caldwell Drive. Cincinnati, OH 45216. phone (800) 543-7694 or (513) 761-0011, fax (513) 761-4496. or e-mail info@generalpolymers.com.

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