Experts at Microban® Help us Understand the Science Behind Antimicrobial Additives


What is an Antimicrobial?

Antimicrobial definitions can vary widely depending on use, function, production, regulation, benefits and more. However, according to Merriam Webster, antimicrobial is defined as, “destroying or inhibiting the growth of microorganisms and especially pathogenic microorganisms.” Many antimicrobials come from nature, including those found in plants, molds and essential oils. For instance, ancient Egyptians utilized several mold strains and botanical extracts to treat infections. Centuries later, modern antibiotics were developed, which are just one type of antimicrobial.

How Do Antimicrobials Work?

Antimicrobials work at a cellular level to continually disrupt and prevent the growth of microorganisms. By creating an inhospitable environment for microorganisms like bacteria, mold and mildew, antimicrobials protect everyday products like countertops, toys, surface coatings, textiles and hospital equipment.

It’s the way these antimicrobials work to inhibit the growth of microbe populations that protects products against the effects of microbe growth that cause damage and reduce product shelf life. Because of the integrated antimicrobial solution into a product to disrupt the environment for microorganisms to grow uncontrollably, products are guaranteed to stay cleaner and fresher longer.

Microban’s engineers design unique antimicrobial solutions formulated for specific product surfaces as well as their intended uses. With state-of-the-art technology and an extremely talented engineering team, our company is able to wield antimicrobial design for maximized specificity. We have unsurpassed experience in built-in microbiostatic antimicrobial applications utilizing over 25 different organic and inorganic antimicrobial technologies, including our exclusive line of 3G Silvers. Each technology is customized for maximum performance creating a unique and effective solution for a particular product need.

Why is Antimicrobial Product Protection Important?

Part of what makes Microban’s antimicrobials so powerful is the versatility when integrating antimicrobial additive solutions to products within consumer, commercial, textiles, building and healthcare industries. 

The result is products that are protected from stain and odor causing bacteria, mold and mildew. And because our additives are built-in, as opposed to applied to the surface, they last the lifetime of the product, keeping them cleaner and fresher for longer.

Since 2006, Armacell has manufactured foam-insulation products made with Microban® antimicrobial product protection – the first foam insulation maker to do so. All of Armacell's AP Armaflex® family of products are made with Microban antimicrobial product protection which inhibits the growth of mold and mildew in the insulation. Specifiers, building owners and contractors should choose Armacell insulation with Microban technology because of its ability to inhibit the growth of mold and mildew on the surface of the insulation.

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Microban antimicrobial product protection is limited to the product itself and is not designed to protect the users of these products from disease causing microorganisms, food borne illnesses, or as a substitute for normal cleaning and hygiene practices. Microban International, Ltd. makes neither direct nor implied health claims for the products containing Microban® antimicrobial product protection. The information presented in this blog post is solely for the purpose of providing general information regarding Microban International, Ltd.