How Microban Antimicrobials Work

Explore the multi-pronged attack of Microban®​ antimicrobial technologies and how they work to protect everyday products.

Always-Active Product Protection

At Microban®, we maximize our chemistry and microbiology talents to engineer proven antimicrobial solutions into products and surfaces. Utilizing industry-leading technologies and best polymer chemistry practices, Microban® designs unique antimicrobial solutions for individual partner products. Our experienced staff determine the required chemical makeup of each antimicrobial solution based on a product’s uses, applications, and likely environments.

How Does Microban® Technology Work?

Microban® antimicrobial protection works at a cellular level to continually disrupt the growth and reproduction of microorganisms that contaminate a treated surface. The technology operates a multi-modal attack by damaging the protein, cell membrane, DNA, and internal systems of a microbe, causing it to die.

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How Do Antimicrobials Disrupt the Growth of Microorganisms?

Once infused into a product, antimicrobial technology will start to work as soon as a microorganism comes into contact with the treated surface.

  • Protein Damage: antimicrobial agents attack the proteins of a microbe, causing failure of essential functions
  • Cell Disruption: antimicrobial agents damage the membrane of a microbe, leading to the loss of critical nutrients
  • Oxidative Damage: antimicrobial agents cause increased oxygen levels, leading to significant damage to the internal systems of a microbe
  • DNA Disruption: antimicrobial agents interfere with the genetics of a microbe, ultimately preventing its growth and reproduction

By creating an inhospitable environment for microorganisms like bacteria, mold, and mildew, built-in antimicrobials protect everyday products from staining, bad odors, and premature degradation. Typical material applications include plastics, coatings, and textiles to name but a few.

Microban® antimicrobial technologies provide continuous 24/7 product protection that does not wear off and remains effective, even if a treated product is nicked, scratched, or abraded.

How Do You Add Built-In Antimicrobials During the Manufacturing Process?

Microban® works with companies to understand their product manufacturing process. From there, our team of chemists and engineers will formulate and test an antimicrobial additive solution specifically for your product application. Once the best-fitting solution is identified for your product, Microban® begins to develop a customised antimicrobial additive that can be formulated into a masterbatch, powder or liquid suspension.

With the antimicrobial additive ready for implementation into your product line, our team works with you to determine how it can best be incorporated into your current product development process.

Microban's antimicrobial solutions become an intrinsic feature of your product, as opposed to being added topically as a coating. This sets Microban® antimicrobials apart from many other competitors in the market today.

For more information on how we can identify a suitable antimicrobial technology for your product type, contact us today.