What is an Antimicrobial Paint?
An antimicrobial paint is a surface covering (such as a decorative paint) containing an active ingredient that makes if effective against microbial growth.
Expand Your Paint Range with Effective Antimicrobial Protection for Paints
On a painted surface, microbes can double in number every 20 minutes. This can cause the development of stains, unpleasant odors and illness-causing bacteria that impact the aesthetics, durability and hygiene of a product. In many circumstances, once microbes have begun to proliferate on a painted surface, constant cleaning is required to keep growth under control. Recognizing that the ability to clean constantly is unreasonable in most environments, the best weapon against microbial growth is antimicrobial paint with built-in protection.
Paints containing Microban® antimicrobial paint additives help keep products and surfaces cleaner by inhibiting the growth of microbes on any surface they are applied to. Our customized chemistries are incorporated into paints at the point of manufacture to provide ongoing product protection against a broad spectrum of harmful bacteria, mold and mildew. The integration of effective antimicrobial paint additives leaves you with a paint that can enhance products and surfaces in the form of proactive protection and improved durability.
Adding Technologies to Create Antimicrobial Paints & Antimicrobial Coatings
Microban has a portfolio of antimicrobial technologies that can be applied to thermoplastic, thermosetting and other cross-linked or cured paints & coatings. Antimicrobial chemistries are carefully chosen inline with desired efficacy, regulatory compliance, material properties (thickness of coating, coating chemistry) and service conditions (light exposure, cleaning solvents, abrasiveness in use).
Delivery approaches, such as the use of granular, powdered and liquid masterbatches, can be tuned to allow seamless incorporation into your manufacturing process without causing discolouration or affecting the final finish of the paint.
Microban's world class research & development team includes experienced microbiologists and chemists. We will work directly with you to identify the best possible solutions for your paint products and help create the right formulation for you to create an antimicrobial paint for your product line.
Common Applications for Antimicrobial Paint Additives
Microban® technologies are implemented by decorative, industrial and speciality paint manufacturers across the globe, for a variety of different applications. Consumer, commercial, healthcare and building products all benefit from the added layer of protection provided by antimicrobial paints. Examples include walls, flooring, kitchen surfaces, commercial refrigerators, hospital beds, light switches and more.
The Benefits of Microban® Antimicrobial Paint Protection
Microban® technology is a cost-effective solution that remains active for your paint product's expected lifetime.
Suitable for Hygiene-Critical Surfaces
Microban® protected paints are resistant to the growth of harmful bacteria, helping to minimize the risk of cross-contamination. This feature makes them perfect for use on surfaces in hygiene-critical environments such as hospitals, food processing facilities and schools.
Breaks the Mold*
Paints containing Microban® antimicrobial paint additives will resist the growth of unsightly mold and mildew, making them ideal for use in moist or humid environments such as bathrooms and kitchens.
Microban® antimicrobial paint additives have been proven to prolong the shelf-life of paint products. Our technology's efficacy against bacteria, mold and mildew helps to minimise the risk of premature paint degradation, ensuring paints remain usable and stink-free for longer.
Safe to Use
Microban® antimicrobial paint additives have undergone extensive independent laboratory testing and have a long history of safe use. The biocidal active components of Microban® antimicrobial paint additives are notified with the EU Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR) and registered with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Food Contact Approved*
Microban® has a range of antimicrobial additives for paints that are approved for use on direct food contact applications.
Get an Antimicrobial Coating Additive Sample
If you are interested in developing an antimicrobial coating product, contact the Microban team today to organise an additive sample.
*Subject to the performance properties of the specific antimicrobial paint additive manufactured into your product. Treated product efficacy claims against specific microbes are dependant on the results of laboratory testing.