Antibacterial vs. Antimicrobial

Learn the key differences between antibacterial and antimicrobial protection, and what it means for your business.

Explore our full range of antimicrobial technologies

Antibacterial vs. Antimicrobial: What's the Difference?

The primary difference between antibacterial vs. antimicrobial substances is the types of microorganisms they act upon.

  • Antibacterial Technologies: Antibacterial technologies are effective against a broad spectrum of harmful bacteria including E. coli and MRSA.* They will typically incorporate silver active ingredients, allowing for successful application in a wide variety of product types.
  • Antimicrobial Technologies: Antimicrobial technologies minimise the presence of bacteria, mold, and fungi.* In contrast to antibacterial agents, antimicrobial substances offer a greater level of product protection. The broad spectrum performance of antimicrobial substances makes them perfect for use in hygiene critical environments such as schools, hospitals, and commercial kitchens. Typical active ingredients include silver or zinc.
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What Are You Looking to Achieve?

Whether you want your product to be marketed as antibacterial, antimicrobial, or both, Microban's team of experts will be able to assist. Our portfolio of more than organic and inorganic technologies are proven effective against a plethora of harmful microbes.

At Microban, we utilize built-in antimicrobial technologies to help keep products cleaner, fresher and more durable for longer. Using antimicrobials allows you to protect your products from stain, odor and illness-causing bacteria, mold and mildew. Microban protection can be applied to products across a wide variety of industries, from textiles to building materials.

For further information on our antibacterial vs. antimicrobial technologies, contact Microban today.

*Subject to the performance properties of the specific active ingredient manufactured into your product. Treated product efficacy claims against specific microbes are dependant on the results of laboratory testing.