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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Microbial growth on paper products

Forestry products such as paper and cellulosic media are used in a variety of difficult-to-clean applications. As a consequence, they are often exposed to bacterial and fungal growth that can cause premature degradation, staining, and bad odors. Research has shown that harmful bacteria such as E. coli and S. aureus can survive on office paper for up to 72 hours!

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Stationery & banknotes

The multi-handling of currency, newspapers, magazines, and paper, in general, can result in the spread of microbes. According to research from the Geneva University Hospital's National Influenza Research Centre, 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 major concern.

The use of antimicrobial coatings can help the paper and print industry to restore public confidence and alleviate consumer concerns over cleanliness and the spread of nasties.

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Wallboard & decorative 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 potential risk to occupant health.

Antimicrobial functionality can be used to combat mold on decorative wall finishes such as wallpaper and within wall lining and partition systems 24/7/365 for the lifetime of the material.

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Filtration systems

While air filtration systems contribute to maintaining healthier indoor environments, over time microbes can accumulate on the filter and inside the system, becoming a source of contamination. 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.

Microban technology can be integrated into paper filters to deliver permanent product protection against microbial growth. Bonus: ideal for hard-to-reach places such as the air ducts in HVAC systems.

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Product packaging

Convenience and sustainability are major 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, as well as package and product.

Microban technology provides proactive surface protection against harmful bacteria, mold and mildew growth to deliver added peace of mind and enhance packaging durability.

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Food packaging

Paper is a great substitute for single-use plastic when it comes to food packaging. However, the material can still be a vector of transmission for microbial cross-contamination, especially based on its intimate contact with food items and frequent handling in areas like supermarkets. This can ultimately lead to early food spoilage and a lack of compliance with important 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 treatments for paper.