Copper Mesh

Our patented & award-winning, self-sanitizing, copper-infused mesh back seating technology collection.

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Copper Mesh

 

Via Seating has developed a unique copper-infused mesh for use in seating by partnering with Cupron, utilizing their copper-based proprietary and patented technology. The copper mesh works by physically embedding an EPA-registered copper into the fibers of our copper mesh. Through this process, the copper will not wear off like topically applied alternatives. The result is a patented, self-sanitizing, copper-infused mesh chair that has strong biocidal, antifungal, and antiviral properties. There are additional anti-odor properties to the copper mesh as well. It is available in natural (ie. “copper color”) and black finishes.

The United States Patent and Trademark Office has granted U.S. Patent Number; 10,986,938 for its Copper-Infused Mesh Seating. More here »

Our Copper Seating is…

Biocidal+

Biocidal+

Via’s patented copper-infused mesh seating is naturally biocidal (ie. kills harmful microorganisms on contact). It is also antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and anti-odor. No harmful additives are needed to achieve any of these effects!

Award-Winning

Award-Winning

Genie Copper Mesh® won the 2017 Best of NeoCon award for Innovation in Healthcare Textiles and a Silver Nightingale Award at the 2017 HCD show for healthcare textiles.

Self-Sanitizing

Self-Sanitizing

Copper exhibits a highly researched oligodynamic effect. This natural antimicrobial property—ie. no additives are used to achieve this—enables copper to literally disinfect itself over time. Through the oligodynamic effect, copper ions instinctively bind to bacteria, viruses and other pathogens in a way that deactivates & destroys those harmful cells.

A Lasting Infusion

A Lasting Infusion

Unlike topicals that rub off & can create an uneven application with trouble areas, Via Seating copper collection chairs have their EPA-registered CUPRON copper infused directly into the mesh. The result is a lasting application that is approved for use in healthcare environments and more. Genie Copper Mesh® even has heavy duty and 24/7 environment applications.

Genie Copper Mesh®

The multi-award winning chair that started it all.

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The Copper Mesh Seating Collection

Via Seating offers an extensive amount of of copper-infused mesh seating across a wide variety of settings. Explore everything from ergonomic 8-hour to 24/7 use task seating, conference chairs, stacking or nesting seating, bar or counter stools and so much more. Copper-infused mesh is available on all the below seating series for use in any of their applications.

Genie Copper Mesh®

Genie Copper Mesh®

Onda

Onda

Run II

Run II

4u

4u

Reset

Reset

Splash

Splash

Vista II

Vista II

The Copper-Infused Mesh Colors

Black Copper Mesh

Black Copper Mesh
Copper Striped Mesh

Copper Striped Mesh
Natural Copper Mesh

Natural Copper Mesh

Note: Material images are representational. Lighting, paper type, monitor screen settings and other factors can alter the virtual appearance of any material sometimes significantly. To best compare a material to the setting it will be used in, please request a free sample by clicking any of the images above or by visiting samples.viaseating.com »

Makeup

90% PET (polyethylene terephthalate, a thermoplastic polymer resin of the polyester family) with 10% EPA-registered copper physically embedded into the fibers of the mesh.

 

Cleaning & Care

WC + BC To prevent overall soil, frequently vacuum and lightly brush the best to remove dust and grime buildup. Spot clean with mild soap and water. Infrequent use of a 1:100 bleach to water solution can be used for disinfection of the mesh. The accumulate wet contact time should be limited to a maximum of two hours over the life of the chair. Regular bleach cleaning of this mesh is not recommended. More here ».

Qualities

Biocidal

Biocidal

Anti-viral

Anti-viral

Anti-bacterial

Anti-bacterial

Anti-fungal

Anti-fungal

Bleach cleanable

Bleach cleanable

100% PVC-free.

100% PVC-free.

100% recyclable

100% recyclable

No antimicrobial additives

No antimicrobial additives

No flame retardant additives

No flame retardant additives

Onda Copper Mesh

Patented copper-infused mesh task all-mesh chair

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Tested Results

Explore the research proving efficacy of Via Seating’s copper-infused mesh seating.

Client Problem

Client Problem

Prior to the introduction of Via Seating’s patented copper-infused mesh back seating, the accepted seating solution for clinical areas was to have a high performance chair that was upholstered in an antimicrobial textile specifically designed for healthcare to be bleach cleanable. When a prominent healthcare client visited the Via Seating factory and fell in love with the mesh back Genie® series we knew we needed to find a solution for them.

Via Solution

Via Solution

Within the same year, Via Seating developed our later patented, copper-infused mesh back seating. We knew we needed to prove that Genie Copper Mesh® was safe to meet the rigorous healthcare use cleaning standards & be a viable, lasting solution for our client. Through independent 3rd party testing by an accredited lab, we tested & proved that our copper-infused Genie Copper Mesh® could not only meet, but outperform the current, accepted technical textiles for healthcare.

3rd Party Testing

3rd Party Testing

The independent 3rd party testing was performed using three different microorganisms:

  • Staphylococcusaureus, a gram positive bacteria
  • Klebsiella pneumoniae, a gram negative bacteria
  • Candida albicans, a yeast per AATCC-100

These were applied on the following surface textiles currently in use in clinical environments:

  • Krypton
  • Silvertex
  • Silica
  • Genie Copper Mesh®
  • Genie® mesh (without copper)
Successful Results

Successful Results

Over a two hour contact time, Genie Copper Mesh® reduced the three bacteria by 99.9%. Silvertex had comparable results. These results showed that the Genie Copper Mesh® outperformed the textiles currently in use in clinical areas. Therefore, this mesh back task chair is better than a fully upholstered back task chair for clinical areas and is equal to chairs upholstered with Silvertex. With this confirmed, we were able to install Genie Copper Mesh® in the hospital setting for our prominent healthcare client.

Via Seating did not stop at conducting a single test. We went on to test both of our copper-infused mesh colors (natural copper & dyed black copper) to confirm that both would successfully reduce harmful microorganisms within an hour. The results confirmed that both sample colors regardless of dying process show reduction against harmful organisms in as little as 30 minutes!

For more extensive detail on the research & both of our 3rd party testing results, read our white paper here »

 

Resources & Documents

Explore the Brochure

Explore the Brochure

Check out the Via Seating Copper Mesh Collection “mini-brochure” available to view as a pdf. The printable version of this brochure is a 4-page, lightweight foldover that makes it easy to take on the go while cutting down on paper waste. Order it here »

Read the White Paper

Read the White Paper

Today, there is a need to design and promote a holistic standard for seating that meets the ergonomic requirements for caregivers and employees in Healthcare facilities, while also meeting the need for infectious disease control areas. When healthcare facilities create work environments that support multidisciplinary tasks from patient care to the administration required to support that care, the need to address suitable seating solutions that can cross into those specific task areas arises. Read more »

Read the Patent PR

Read the Patent PR

Via Seating (Via, Inc.) is pleased to announce that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has granted U.S. Patent Number; 10,986,938 to Via Seating for its innovative products. This patent protects Via Seating products that utilize a Proprietary Copper-Infused Mesh system. Read more »

Take the CEU

Take the CEU

Learn about the biocidal properties of copper and the life-saving results of using it in hospital design. Learn why superbugs are one of the biggest challenges in healthcare today and what you can do to help combat them. Take Healthcare Design: How to Combat Superbugs – more here »