Antibacterial vs Antimicrobial

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

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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, and fungi.* In contrast to antibacterial agents, antimicrobial substances offer a greater level of product protection by continuously inhibiting the growth of microbes on surfaces for very long periods of time. 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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Finding the Best Antimicrobial for Your Business Needs

At Microban, when helping you to determine the best antimicrobial for your business needs, we consider a variety of factors that start with understanding what you are 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 with a solution that offers the right antimicrobial properties for your product type. Our portfolio of organic and inorganic antimicrobials are proven effective against a plethora of degrading 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 and odor-causing bacteria, mold and mildew. Microban antimicrobial product protection can be built into products across a wide variety of industries such as:

Built-in antibacterial technologies are very different to residual antibacterial cleaning solutions. Check out our blog on the key differences between built-in antimicrobial solutions and cleaning products.

Do you have more questions about antimicrobial and antibacterial technologies? Contact Microban today to arrange a consultation with a member of our team.

*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.