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Frequently Asked Questions 

What is the definition of antimicrobial?

An antimicrobial is a substance that acts to inhibit the growth of microorganisms and suppresses microorganism reproduction.

What is Microban® antimicrobial product protection?

Microban technology is built-in protection for solid products, coatings and fibers. This provides an added level of protection against damaging microbes such as, bacteria, mold and mildew that can cause stains, odors and product deterioration.

What is the difference between odor capture and antimicrobial protection?

Antimicrobial additives stop odor before it is created. With odor-capture technology, odors are captured and absorbed before they generate unpleasant malodorous effects.

What is Microban odor-control product protection?

Microban technology is built-in protection for textiles. It provides an added level of protection against damaging microbes such as bacteria, mold and mildew that can cause stains, odors and product deterioration or capture unpleasant odors that become embedded in the textile such as body odor.

How does Microban odor-control protection work in my product?

Microban protection is incorporated into the product during the manufacturing process. Odor control protection can work in various ways. When microbes come into contact with the product surface, Microban antimicrobial protection penetrates the cell wall of the microorganism and disrupts the cell, making the microorganism unable to grow and reproduce. Textiles treated with odor-capture technology attract and absorb the odors, keeping those products fresher for longer.

How does Microban antimicrobial protection work in my product?

Microban protection is built-in to the product during the manufacturing process. When microbes come in contact with the product surface, Microban protection penetrates the cell wall of the microorganism and disrupts the cell, making the microorganism unable to grow and reproduce.

What benefit do I get from products with Microban antimicrobial protection?

Microban protection continuously prevents the uncontrolled growth of microbes that cause stains, odors and product degradation. Microban protection makes the products in your home easier to clean and keeps them cleaner and fresher between cleanings.

What types of microorganisms does Microban protection work against?

Microban antimicrobial protection is effective against most common bacteria, yeasts, molds and fungi that cause stains, odors and product degradation. Microban technology is not designed to protect users from disease causing microorganisms.

How do I know that Microban antimicrobial product protection is safe?

Consumer safety is a fundamental concern for us. All of the antimicrobials and odor-control technologies used by MPC are approved by the US EPA for their specific use in the product in which they are used, and have a history of safe use in consumer, industrial and medical products applications around the world. Risk assessments by independent scientists, scientific bodies and governmental agencies (including EPA, FDA and regulatory authorities in Europe and Canada) have consistently reconfirmed the safety of our antimicrobial additives at the levels approved for use in consumer, industrial and medical products . The size and specific biological systems of microorganisms make them susceptible to antimicrobial agents at levels of exposure that are not harmful to us. Because our antimicrobial additives are built into the products themselves, using products protected with Microban® protection does not result in consumer exposures or transmission directly into the environment in the way that products like disinfectants or liquid antibacterial soaps do during use.

Does this mean I don’t have to clean my products as much or as carefully?

No. Microban protection provides continuous antimicrobial protection that protects the products in your home, helping to make them easier to clean and keeping them cleaner between cleanings. However, normal cleaning practices recommended by the product manufacturer should be maintained.

Does Microban protection begin working immediately?

Microban protection begins to work as soon as the microorganism comes into contact with the product surface. It then works continuously to maintain a consistently lower bio-burden than would be expected on a product without Microban antimicrobial protection. Under the right conditions, microbes on an untreated surface can double every 20 minutes. Microban technology is not a disinfectant and is not a substitute for normal cleaning practices.

How long does Microban antimicrobial protection work?

Microban protection is built-in during the manufacturing process and will not wash off or wear away. Microban protection is engineered to provide continuous antimicrobial and odor-control product protection for the useful lifetime of the product, keeping the treated products in your home cleaner and fresher for longer than ever before.

Is the textile application process complicated?

No. Microban technologies can be pad applied to textiles simply and seamlessly during the manufacturing process, and no textile binders are required.

Are Microban antimicrobials and odor-capture technologies for textiles compatible with other auxiliaries?

Yes. Our technologies work well with auxiliaries such as moisture management, repellency, stain release and flame retardants.

Does the use of antimicrobials cause resistant strains of microorganisms?

After more than 30 years of use in numerous consumer, industrial and medical applications around the world, there has been no evidence of resistant strain development.