Antibacterial vs. Antimicrobial

They're often used interchangeably, but the terms antibacterial and antimicrobial have very different meanings.

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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, fungi and even some virus strains. 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 25 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.