Antimicrobial Solutions for Paper

Microban offers a range of technologies for use in forestry products, such as paper and cellulosic media. Learn more below.

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Mbns22 Microban Paper Application Wallpaper Mould
Mbns22 Microban Paper Application Stationery

Stationery & banknotes

The multi-handling of currency, newspapers, magazines, and paper can spread microbes. According to Geneva University Hospital's National Influenza Research Centre research, flu viruses can survive on banknotes for up to 17 days. In patient-care facilities and schools, where safety is paramount, the persistence of microbes on paper is a significant concern. Antimicrobial coatings can help the paper and print industry restore public confidence and alleviate consumer concerns over cleanliness and the spread of nasties.

Mbns22 Microban Paper Application Wallpaper

Wallboard & wallpaper

Mold and mildew thrive on organic materials like paper-faced drywall, also known as standard plasterboard or wallboard, commonly used in residential construction. Over time, condensation, poor ventilation, and dampness can accelerate mold growth, which can cause staining, sagging, blistering, and even structural damage to the building, as well as a potential risk to occupant health. Antimicrobial technology can combat mold on decorative wall finishes, within wall lining and on partition systems for the material's lifetime.

Mbns22 Microban Paper Application Filters

Filtration systems

While air filtration systems contribute to maintaining healthier indoor environments, degrading microbes can accumulate on the filter and inside the system. Considering this risk and heightened awareness of air pollution, there has been an increase in demand for solutions that maintain product cleanliness and reduce or eliminate air pollutants. Antimicrobials can be integrated into paper filters to deliver permanent product protection against microbial growth. Bonus: antimicrobials are ideal for hard-to-reach places such as air ducts in HVAC systems.

Mbns22 Microban Paper Application Commercial Packaging

Product packaging

Convenience and sustainability are significant drivers of consumer packaging trends, with research identifying paper/cardboard as the favorable packaging choice. However, exposure to humidity and moisture during storage and transport can encourage microbial growth on these packaging materials, increasing the risk of cross-contamination between handler and package and package and product. Antimicrobials provide proactive surface protection against harmful bacteria, mold and mildew growth to enhance packaging durability.

Mbns22 Microban Paper Application Food Packaging

Food packaging

Paper is an excellent substitute for single-use plastic in food packaging. However, the material can still be a transmission vector for microbial cross-contamination, primarily based on its intimate contact with food items and frequent handling in areas like supermarkets. This can lead to early food spoilage and poor compliance with critical food safety regulations. Food packaging with built-in antimicrobial technology stays cleaner and fresher for longer, resulting in greater food safety compliance and added peace of mind for consumers.

The future of paper is antimicrobial

Contact a member of the Microban team today to learn more about our paper treatments.