The Benefits of Antimicrobial Protection

Antimicrobial protection has revolutionized product cleanliness and hygiene, becoming a key aid in the fight against degrading microbes.

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What Are the Benefits of Built-In Microban® Antimicrobial Technology?

Microban's leading antimicrobial protection technologies are based on scientifically proven active ingredients. Each technology is designed for seamless manufacture into products and surfaces to address specific microbial problems.

Silver technologies: based on silver ion active ingredients, silver technologies will work to eliminate the growth of a broad spectrum of bacteria, including E. coli and S. aureus.

Zinc technologies: based on zinc pyrithione active ingredients, zinc technologies will address the growth of unsightly mould and mildew in addition to bacteria.

Effective Against Bacteria by up to 99.99%

The multi-modal action of antimicrobial technology means bacteria struggle to survive when they interact with a treated product.

Microban® has been proven effective against a broad spectrum of bacteria, including antibiotic-resistant MRSA, E.coli and VRE.

Helps Keep Your Product Fresher for Longer

Microban® antimicrobial protection actively inhibits the growth of stain and odor-causing bacteria, which can damage the aesthetic and structural qualities of a product. This ensures your product stays cleaner and fresher for longer.

Extends the Usable Life of Your Product Range

Microban® antimicrobial protection works to minimize damaging microbial growth on the surface of your product. This helps to reduce the risk of premature product degradation and enhance your sustainability messaging.

Helps Fight the Growth of Mold and Mildew

Microban® antimicrobial protection will work to inhibit the growth of unsightly mold and mildew on a product. Typical antifungal applications include grouts and sealants, such as those offered by Beijing Linping and BAL.

The images below show the stark differences between untreated grout (l) and Microban® treated grout (r).


Keeps a Product Cleaner In-between Cleanings

Some bacteria can double in number of an untreated surface every 20 minutes. Products with built-in Microban® antimicrobial protection are continuously challenging the ability of microbes to survive on surfaces, helping them to remain cleaner in-between visual cleanings. Microban® also makes products easier to clean.

Reduces the Risk of Cross-Contamination

Microban® antimicrobial protection makes a product inherently cleaner. This reduced microbial load means the product is less likely to aid the transfer of degrading microbes from surface to surface.

Microban® technologies are utilized by a variety of product manufacturers who supply into hygiene critical environments. Take a look at MARLUX Medical's range of disposable privacy curtains treated with Microban®.

Safe for Use in a Variety of Environments

Microban® antimicrobial protection technologies are registered and notified with key regulatory bodies for application-appropriate use, including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the United States and the Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR) in the EU. Explore SmartTurf® artificial turf products with Microban antimicrobial product protection.

Food-Contact Approved

Microban® has antimicrobial protection technologies that are listed by EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) as additives which may be used in the manufacture of plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with foodstuffs. They are also registered with the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and FDA (Food and Drug Administration) in the United States of America.

Once integrated into food-contact articles, Microban® antimicrobial technology can work to inhibit the growth of bacteria that is commonly responsible for foodborne illness such as Campylobacter and Salmonella. Explore Artic Zone® cooler products with Microban® antimicrobial product protection.

Helps You Gain a Distinct Competitive Advantage

Microban® antimicrobial product protection is a unique selling point that differentiates you from your competitors while providing consumers with extra value.

Microban® can be incorporated into a vast range of products in many different industries, providing you with an opportunity to penetrate new markets. Discover how Cellularline has utilized antimicrobial technology to redefine their cellphone cases and screen protectors.


Due to regulatory differences, the performance claims related to Microban® technologies that are referenced on this page may not be valid for use in all countries or regions. In some cases, legal regulations may restrict or prohibit the selection of available Microban® technologies, the field of application for which they are approved, and/or the permissible claims for finished goods containing Microban® technologies. For more information, view our official regulatory statement or contact us.

Microban® technologies are not designed to protect users or others from disease-causing microorganisms and are not a substitute for normal cleaning practices.