Antibacterial Ceramic Finishes

Microban® antibacterial ceramic finishes will actively control microbial growth on a ceramic surface and work to extend the effectiveness of regular cleaning routines.

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What is Antibacterial Ceramic? 

Antibacterial ceramic is a non-metallic solid material containing an active ingredient within its glaze that makes it resistant to bacterial growth.

Offer Distinctive Antibacterial Ceramic Protection with Microban®

From walls and worktops in kitchens, to flooring and sinks in bathrooms, frequently utilised ceramic surfaces are often subjected to moist and humid conditions. This makes them prone to the growth of harmful microbes such as bacteria, mould and mildew.

Scrubbing with disinfectant cleaners is an essential way to temporarily reduce the presence of microbes on ceramic surfaces. However, research has shown that cleaning products have a limited residual effect, meaning bacteria begin to double in number every twenty minutes soon after a surface has been cleaned. Unlike disinfectant sprays, built-in antimicrobial ceramic technologies will actively control microbial growth on a ceramic surface and work to extend the effectiveness of regular cleaning routines by reducing the background bioburden. 

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Common Applications for Antibacterial Ceramic Additives 

Microban® antibacterial ceramics technologies are implemented by ceramic product manufacturers across the globe. Consumer, commercial, healthcare and building environments all benefit from the added layer of protection provided by antibacterial ceramics. 

Common antibacterial ceramic applications include floor and wall tiles, sinks, toilets, bathtubs, showers, kitchen appliances and more.

Adding Antibacterial Technologies to Ceramics

Microban's antibacterial ceramic technologies can be applied to ceramics without altering the surface or requiring a UV light for activation. Our patented ceramic antibacterial formulations combat the uncontrolled growth of microbes with unique formulations that are carefully optimised for each product’s manufacturing process. The antimicrobial additive is embedded within the ceramic glaze and delivers continuous protection against microbial reproduction and growth throughout the lifetime of the ceramic surface, so long as the glaze remains intact.

Microban’s experienced ceramics engineers work closely with manufacturers to ensure the antibacterial technologies integrate seamlessly into existing mixing and manufacturing processes. These formulations then work to enhance ceramic products without impairing aesthetics, functionality or durability. Microban® is committed to delivering a technical solution that is efficacious, as measured by ASTM E3031-15, transparent to a manufacturer’s process and products, and economically feasible. 

The Benefits of Microban® Antibacterial Ceramic Finishes

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Active 24/7

Microban® is a cost-effective solution that remains active for your ceramic product's expected lifetime.*


*so long as the glaze remains intact

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Effective Against Harmful Bacteria

Microban® imbues a ceramic product with a lasting resistance to harmful bacteria. Our patented antibacterial technologies have been proven to reduce the presence of E. coli, MRSA, Camplyobacter and many more.


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Enhances Cleanliness & Durability

Microban® antibacterial ceramics technologies are effective against the growth of stain and odor causing bacteria. This helps to create inherently cleaner and more durable ceramic products. 


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Minimizes Risk of Cross Contamination

Microban® protected ceramics help to minimize the risk of cross contamination, making them perfect for use in hygiene critical environments such as hospitals, food processing facilities and schools.


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Safe to Use

Microban® antibacterial ceramic products contain non-leaching technologies that are notified with the EU Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR) and registered with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 


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Food Contact Approved

Selected Microban® antibacterial ceramic technologies are approved for use in direct food contact applications.



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Trusted by Leading Manufacturers

Microban® antimicrobial technologies are used and trusted by some of the world's leading ceramic product manufacturers. Brand partners include Panariagroup, Florida Tile, Laticrete, Daltile and B-Elite.

Get an Antibacterial Ceramic Additive Sample

If you are interested in developing an antibacterial ceramic product, contact the Microban® team today to organise an additive sample.