PlayArmor is the first antimicrobial coating specifically introduced for the recreation industry and protects playground equipment and site amenities. It was created by biochemists and registered for use by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

PlayArmor is:

  • Clear
  • Odorless
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Non-toxic
  • Water-based

PlayArmor Applications to New & Existing Projects

PlayArmor can be applied to both new and existing play structures to help protect your equipment. The antimicrobial protection is great for play equipment in QSRs, retail centers and other areas that receive a lot of traffic.

If you would like more information about adding to your existing play structure fill out our contact form below.

If you are interested in adding to your new project fill out our request a quote form and our team will get back to your as soon as possible.

The Technology Behind PlayArmor

PlayArmor is scientifically proven to provide a long-lasting barrier of antimicrobial protection that’s safe and effective. Its active ingredient is effective against a broad spectrum of microbial activities with low toxicity to living cells. When applied to a surface, positively charged ions adhere to a variety of surfaces resulting in a bacteriostatic antimicrobial finish that inhibits the growth of microorganisms such as (odor-causing) bacteria, fungi, algae, mold, and mildew.

The active ingredient in PlayArmor forms an invisible, positively charged polymer which chemically bonds to the treated surface of a playground or site furnishing. Think of this coating as a layer of electrically charged, microscopic swords that are imperceptible to the touch.

When a microbe comes in contact with the treated surface, the swords puncture its cell membrane and an electrical charge shocks the pathogen. The microbe is deactivated but PlayArmor maintains its effectiveness.

PlayArmor is a silane quat—a well-established class of antimicrobials —that provides a “mechanical kill” of pathogens rather than a “chemical kill”. In effect, PlayArmor penetrates the cell wall of the pathogen by physically rupturing its membrane and rendering it inactive.

Other antimicrobials on the market poison cells to kill them through leaching technology, creating the potential for the rise of antimicrobial-resistant superbugs—a scenario not possible with PlayArmor’s technology.

NOTE: PlayArmor does not protect against airborne transmission of viruses. Mask wearing and social distancing are still recommended per local requirements during indoor and outdoor play.


Q: How often does PlayArmor need to be reapplied?

A: Application is recommended every 90 days, to remain effective. To maintain the highest level of effectiveness, normal cleaning of treated playgrounds and site furnishings is necessary.

Q: Can PlayArmor be applied in cold climates?

A: PlayArmor may be applied when the ambient temperature is between 32°F and 122°F (0°C and 50°C). A heated tent can be used in adverse cold conditions to reach the appropriate temperature range.

Q:  Can I use PlayArmor for objects other than playground equipment, site amenities, and playground surfacing?

A:  No, PlayArmor is available only for application on these particular surfaces.

Q: Will PlayArmor contaminate the environment?

A: PlayArmor does not volatilize, dissipate, or leach onto other surfaces or into the environment. It is safe and EPA-registered.

Contact a Soft Play representative to apply PlayArmor to your indoor play space.

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