Wimbledon Common is the first golf club in the country to have its clubhouse surfaces treated with Nanospike technology. Steve Carroll explains how it works

It might sound like something out of the pages of a science fiction novel, but it’s the technology that’s giving one golf club an extra layer of protection against Covid.

Wimbledon Common, in south-west London, have become the first club in the country to use Nanospike – a special antimicrobial coating they believe is helping to keep staff, members and visitors safer.

Applied to virtually any surface, including equipment, furniture and touch points, it’s claimed it creates an “inhospitable environment for viruses and bacteria by impaling them on microscopic nanospikes, which penetrate and destroy membranes.

It’s said to last for 90 days and isn’t affected by regular cleaning cycles – with only abrasion able to remove it.

The treatment echoes an alternative method of utilising technology to ensure virus-free services developed by BioDecon.

Emma Pope, Wimbledon Common general manager, said: “We have taken every step we can to ensure that our club house is Covid-secure, and this seemed a logical extra level. 

“We got the whole bar area treated; the process was very simple and it dried quickly.  The coating is so thin you can’t actually see it’s there.”

Chris Hutber, one of Nanospike’s founders, added: “This is a really exciting technology that will make our clients’ equipment and premises safer for them and their customers. 

“Unlike disinfecting, Nanospike provides protection for up to three months, and so gives people confidence that the surfaces they are touching are being kept hygienic. It’s not just a once off clean, the microorganisms continue to be eliminated all day every day.”

The company say the technology is mechanical, rather than chemical, and that nothing leaches into the environment. It’s also colourless, odourless, and does not stain fabrics.

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