What Is an Antimicrobial Fabric?
An antimicrobial fabric is a man-made or natural fiber treated with an active ingredient that protects it from microbial growth.
Stop the Stink, Stall the Stains and Feel the Benefits with Antimicrobial Treatments for Fabric
It is not uncommon for fabric products to develop stains and bad odors. These products are usually made up of synthetics, polyester, nylons, or elastane blend fabrics, which are naturally susceptible to odors and stains caused by bacteria. Unfortunately, washing alone does very little to remove odour build up and is not always effective at eliminating bacteria. As a consequence, consumers are now increasingly seeking textile and fabric products with built-in antimicrobial protection.
Textiles treated with Microban® antimicrobial technology actively resist the growth of stain and odor-causing bacteria, mold, and mildew. The result is a textile product that stays cleaner, fresher, and more durable for longer.
Adding Antimicrobial Treatments to Fabric
With over two decades of experience in the textile arena, Microban® has created unique antimicrobial technologies to effectively combat staining and odors that can build up irrevocably in fabrics.
Microban® antimicrobial fabric additives can be applied in a mill to common fabric types such as polyester, rayon, and cotton via standard methods like exhaustion and padding. Our technologies can even be added to textiles as a topical or finishing treatment. The type of fabric used, the manufacturing process employed, and the desired end-use of your product can all influence the antimicrobial needed to achieve the required effect.
The world-class research & development team at Microban® includes microbiologists and analytical chemists who work directly with fabric product manufacturers to identify the best possible solutions.
Common Applications for Antimicrobial Fabric
When it comes to the fabrics and textiles that make up your products, protecting the surfaces of these fibers with an antimicrobial treatment is vital for ensuring durability, aesthetics, and lifetime value. Microban® antimicrobial fabrics are successfully utilized for apparel, sporting equipment, pet products, privacy curtains, and many other products used in an array of environments.
The Benefits of Microban® Antimicrobial Fabric Protection
As a Bluesign® system partner, Microban® is committed to sustainability and ensuring all antimicrobial fabric products and processes are safe for the environment.
Microban® technology is a long-lasting differentiator for your textile products, allowing you to stand out from your competitors.
Microban® technology has been proven to increase the number of uses before a textile product needs to be laundered. This presents numerous environmental benefits such as less water and electricity usage, and less discharge of detergent and microfibers deemed harmful to marine life.
Less Stink & Staining
Microban® antimicrobial fabric technologies are effective against bacteria that can cause staining, bad odor, and premature product degradation.
Effective Against Harmful Bacteria*
Microban® antimicrobial-treated fabrics are protected from the growth of harmful bacteria, making them ideal for use in hygiene-critical products such as hospital scrubs and privacy curtains.
Breaks the Mold*
Microban® technology protects fabrics commonly exposed to humid and moist environments from the growth of unsightly mold and mildew.
Safe to Use
Microban® antimicrobial fabric treatments have undergone extensive independent laboratory testing and have a long history of safe use. The biocidal active components of Microban® antimicrobial fabric additives are notified with the EU Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR) and registered with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Get in Touch!
If you are interested in developing an antimicrobial textile product, contact the Microban® team today to discuss your project initiatives.
*Subject to the performance properties of the specific antimicrobial textile additive manufactured into your product. Treated product efficacy claims against specific microbes are dependant on the results of laboratory testing.