Can Hygenkey kill bacteria and viruses?

Copper has been used for its antimicrobial ability for over 8000 years. Research has found that copper contact will kill certain disease-causing microorganisms such as MERS, MRSA, H1N1, HIV-1, influenza, dengue, herpes, and coxsackievirus within minutes. As we stated earlier, research shows that COVID-19 survives on copper less than 4 hours, compared to stainless steel and plastic, where it can live 3-5 days.   

Sources: Dr. Grass at al. 2011, Applied and Environmental Microbiology – American Society of Microbiology; Dr. Schmidt, The Medical University of South Carolina; Al Lewis 2009, International Copper Association Inc; Vincent et al. 2017, Society of Applied Microbiology – Journal of Applied Microbiology. Dr. Keevil, University of Southampton; Hodek et al. 2016, BMC Microbiology; van Doremalen et al. 2020, New England Journal of Medicine.

How is Hygenkey is different from other touch tools?

We are the only touch tool in the market made of 99.9% copper with our exclusive ergonomic two-fingered design. Our competitors use other materials and typically have an awkward one-finger design.

Is Hygenkey patented and trademarked?

Yes, Hygenkey is patent-pending and trademarked. We are a research-oriented team that strives to offer original designs and products.                    

Are Hygenkey products available around the globe?                   

We are currently available in the U.S., India, and Australia. We plan on expanding to other countries as we partner with businesses in those countries.



Why is Hygenkey a 99.9% copper tool?

Our team spent months testing touch tool designs and materials to limit the transmission of pathogens. In our research, we found that the “rate of virus killing depends on the higher release of copper ion and its concentrations.” Because of this, we chose higher concentrations of copper, specifically, a medical grade 99.9% copper.

Source: Dr. Keevil, University of Southampton; Hodek et al. 2016, BMC Microbiology

Is copper expensive when compared to other materials?

Yes, copper is considered a precious metal, but we chose it for its superior antimicrobial abilities. Other metals such as gold and silver also have these properties, but they are prohibitively expensive by comparison. Copper is a material which better fits our hygienic lifestyle and can be used as part of anyone’s daily routine.   

How do I know the copper is pure?

You can rub the copper touch tool with a mix of salt and vinegar, then wait for the area that you’ve cleaned to oxidize, i.e. tarnish. If this area turns green, you can be confident that it’s copper. Certified oxygen-free high-conductivity copper contains a minimum of 99.9% copper, making it the purest metal in common use.

Why does Hygenkey copper gets tarnished over time?

Copper is a reactive metal which reacts, or oxidizes, slowly in the presence of oxygen. That green, brown, or black color on the surface is copper oxide tarnish (much like rust development on an iron object).

Does tarnished or darkened copper lose its ability to limit transmission?  

No. As stated above, copper will tarnish, which is a sign of its pureness, but it does not lose its antimicrobial ability.

Is copper a long-term or short-term solution?

Most touch tools in the market are either plastic, stainless steel, or brass. There are competitors that are promoting antimicrobial-coated, copper-coated, or brass-coated touch tool materials. However, all of these touch tools are only good for a short time; the coating will wear out quickly.

Meanwhile, our 99.9% copper touch tools are a dependable lifetime investment for long-term protection from virus and bacteria exposure. Since they are not merely coated with copper, the copper will not wear through or wear out.



Is Hygenkey effective on all touch panels?

Copper is a good conductor of electricity. Hygenkey™ is specifically designed for use on touchscreens in public places. If the surface is worn or heavily scratched, or a material interferes with the sensitivity of a screen, Hygenkey may not work on that touchscreen. If you encounter difficulties, try using the back portion of the Hygenkey (the part with the finger grip), because the larger surface area might work better on that screen.

Do I need to sanitize Hygenkey regularly?

Continue to wash your hands regularly even while using the Hygenkey! Also, do not touch the tip of the touch tool immediately after using a touchscreen, keypad, or touch pad. Similarly, do not touch the door handle grip right after pushing or pulling doors. Make sure to wash your hands after each use and sanitize the Hygenkey touch tool and your hands frequently.

How can I retain the shine of my copper Hygenkey? 

Copper will darken and tarnish over time. Use a copper scouring cream or powder to clean and restore the Hygenkey to its original shine. You can also use salt and lime to clean and restore. We recommend a best practice of cleaning the Hygenkey every weekend.

Can I use it as a stylus on my personal touchscreen devices?

Hygenkey™ is specifically designed for use on touchscreens in public places. You can use it on your personal touch screens, but the point is to avoid contamination. Using it on both surfaces regularly could potentially transfer pathogens to your personal devices.

Will Hygenkey damage the touch panels?

We recommend using it with a gentle touch and letting the electric conductivity of copper do the work for you. Applying heavy pressure or using it as a commercial or industrial tool is not recommended.

If you have any further questions, email us at info@hygenkey.com