What are Antimicrobial Products?

written by Emily Best, North America Marketing Manager, Built-In

What are antimicrobial products?

Most of us here at Microban can remember asking that question at some point. While the term antimicrobial is a common word around our offices, it still doesn’t roll off the tongue easily for most people. One of the fun parts about exploring the world of antimicrobial technology is how many ideas come to mind when you learn what it is. The idea that you can touch the surface of a product knowing that it is free from the growth of bacteria is quite exciting and usually leads to the question, “What are antimicrobial products and where can I find them?”

By the end of this blog post, we’ll outline some very specific antimicrobial product examples, but first, let’s make sure we’re all clear on the definition...

What is an antimicrobial?

The word can be defined as destroying or inhibiting the growth of microorganisms and especially pathogenic microorganisms. At Microban®, antimicrobial technology can be defined as a substance that works to inhibit the growth and reproduction of harmful bacteria, mold and mildew. Unlike disinfectants which provide a limited residual activity once a treated surface dries, integrated antimicrobial technology works to continuously minimize the presence of microbes throughout the entire lifecycle of a product.

Once an antimicrobial additive is introduced into the manufacturing process of a product, it stays within the molecular structure of the product material for its useful lifetime. It’s not surprising that antimicrobial flooring systems, medical products, and food service equipment are quite common, and increasingly popular. Let’s explore these further!

Common Examples of Antimicrobial Products

1. Antimicrobial Flooring Systems

This one is kind of a no brainer. Flooring systems are walked on all day every day and are one of the most common hotspots for bacteria growth. Luckily, more and more flooring system manufacturers are taking proactive steps to produce smarter and more innovative flooring product.

Italy based Panariagroup, a world leading producer of ceramic floor and wall tiles, integrates powerful Microban technology into various products lines of their flooring systems including Cotto D’Este, LEA Ceramiche, and Panaria Ceramica.

In the United States, Florida Tile enhances a variety of their beautifully designed flooring systems with Microban antimicrobial technology. These systems include traditional and laminated porcelain treated materials and are the perfect application for restaurants, retirement homes, healthcare environments, wellness centers, and public spaces.

A major player in the commercial and residential flooring manufacturing industry, Microban partner TORLYS incorporates Microban technology in their sophisticated line of TORLYS Smart Floors and their CorkPlus™ Underlay which is made from recycled cork.

Let’s not forget about floor coatings. Buckeye International manufactures their Clarion® 25 Floor Finish, complete with Microban technology of course! Floor finishes by Buckeye® are formulated to produce the highest gloss, last longer, and resist dirt becoming embedded into the finish. Clarion 25 has a high gloss, is self-leveling, and dries quickly. It will not powder or yellow, and holds up under extreme conditions. Clarion 25 may be used on vinyl, rubber, asphalt, vinyl composition tile, terrazzo, slate, marble, concrete and quarry tile.

2. Durable Medical Products

Hygiene critical environments like the healthcare space call for a systems approach to cleaner products, cleaner surrounds, and cleaner processes. Durable medical products are the perfect antimicrobial product example.

World class organization and efficiency experts, Metro, are a valued Microban partner and treat a wide array of their products with Microban technology. Many of these treated products are used in hospital environments including advanced polymer shelving, medical and special application carts, high-density shelving, wall storage systems, and much more.

Engineered to aid infection prevention with built-in Microban® silver technology, MARLUX Disposable Curtains provide superior antibacterial protection in the healthcare environment. Think of all of the hands that touch a medical curtain among the many medical professionals and patients moving in and out of healthcare environments.

Touchpoint Medical manufactures a variety of antimicrobial products for the medical environment that a treated with Microban technology. These carts, dispensing systems, and workstations offer enhanced durability and peach of mind to medical staff knowing that the surfaces are free from the growth of harmful bacteria that can get onto their hands and elsewhere.

Public health is an important topic worldwide, and many people believe that the use of treated medical products such as these are a positive step towards reducing the amount of hospital acquired infections that occur.

3. Food Service Equipment

Most people would agree that any surface that touches our food during the supply chain process should be as clean as possible. In fact, the US Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) of 2011 encourages the use of technology to improve food safety. Many manufacturers of food and beverage equipment have adopted new and innovative technologies and food safety standards by introducing antimicrobial products into their product mix.

Great Dane, a leader in the transportation industry, introduced its ground breaking refrigerated reefer liner with powerful Microban antimicrobial technology built into the liner material. The presence of the antimicrobial technology prevents the growth of harmful bacteria, mold, and mildew on the surface of the reefer liner that transports food containers and food products. Food supply companies now look to Great Dane as the standard in hygienic and clean food transport.

JCP Plastic is a Thailand-based manufacturer of kitchenware products.Their Super Lock antimicrobial food storage containers feature Microban protection, making them resistant to the negative effects of bacteria. Consumer who purchase Super Lock food containers can rest assured that their fruits and vegetables are nestled inside of a protected container that will not grow bacteria on its surface.

Another great example of an antimicrobial product are Neoflam cutting boards. As consumers bring out these treated cutting boards in their home kitchens to prepare dinner, they benefit from the peace of mind that comes with knowing there is an extra layer of protection infused into the cutting board minimizing the presence of harmful bacteria. Yes!

These are just a few of the many antimicrobial product examples that we can share. To view even more antimicrobial products, visit the who we work with section and learn more about Microban partners around the world and the products that they manufacture with our protective technologies. To enhance your building, healthcare, or food service products with Microban technology, contact a member of the Microban team today.