What are Antimicrobial Products?

Stop. Freeze. Take a look all around you. If you’re in an office, take a look at your desk, your keyboard, and your cell phone cover. In a living room? Take a glance at your flooring or the paint on your walls. All around you, no matter where you are, there are examples of antimicrobial products or products that could benefit from antimicrobial protection.

First Things First: What’s an Antimicrobial? 

An antimicrobial is an agent that kills microorganisms or inhibits their growth. 

An antimicrobial product is a product that is protected from stain and odor causing bacteria by the addition of antimicrobial additives.

Antimicrobial products kill or slow the spread of microorganisms, which include bacteria, protozoans, and fungi, such as mold and mildew. You may find examples of antimicrobial products in your home, workplace, or school.

3 Examples of Antimicrobial Products in Everyday Application

1. Countertops

You know it as the countertop; we know it as the busy kitchen culprit. Countertops are what tie a kitchen together, and thus are likely your most-used area in the kitchen. With everything the countertop sees on a daily basis (car keys, grocery bags, food debris, dirty dishes, sticky fingerprints), it’s a hot spot for germs and bacteria. Built-in antimicrobial solutions work as a compliment to normal cleaning practices by protecting the surfaces from bacteria, keeping your product protected in between cleanings. And while countertops are a perfect example of antimicrobial products that benefit from antimicrobial protection, this illustration only scratches the surface of the products that Microban technologies work to protect.

2. Cell Phone Covers

Say hello to your new favorite microbe hotspot. The average cell phone user touches their phone 2,617 times a day, and extreme users touch their phones more than 5,400 times daily. With so much contact in a day, your cell phone cover is a breeding ground for germs and can even carry 10 times more bacteria than a toilet seat. Text your troubles away with antimicrobial protection. Cell phone case companies, like Speck, have worked with Microban to add this protective technology into their products.

3. Vacuums

Vacuums are used to get rid of dust and dirt in your house, but have you stopped to think that your vacuum may need to be cleaned too? The residues picked up by vacuums hold stain-causing bacteria that lead to product degradation. As consumer concerns about the presence of microbial growth increase, home-care companies, have worked with Microban to create innovative floor-care products with built-in antimicrobial protection.

While these only scratch the surface of examples of antimicrobial products, they should serve as an example of the common items that are in your day-to-day life that Microban works to protect.

Here at Microban, we have unsurpassed experience in built-in antimicrobial applications utilizing over 25 different organic and inorganic antimicrobial technologies. Each technology is customized for maximum performance creating a unique and effective solution for every need.

The results of these efforts are products that are protected from stain and odor causing bacteria, mold, and mildew. And because our additives are built-in, as opposed to applied to the surface, they last the lifetime of the product, keeping them cleaner and fresher for longer.

Microban has evolved to supply clients with hundreds of examples of antimicrobial solutions in the consumer, commercial, textiles and building industries. With more than 250 international partners, antimicrobial product protection encourages cleaner and fresher products. Whether a company wants to deploy a kitchen fixture that stays cleaner for longer or is searching to implement cleaner medical products, the custom compounds at Microban fit antimicrobial product protection needs based on their environments and applications.