Frequently Asked Questions About Antimicrobials, Definitions & More

1. What is the definition of antimicrobial?

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

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

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

Consumer safety is a fundamental concern for us. All of the antimicrobials 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.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. 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 product protection for the useful lifetime of the product, keeping the treated products in your home cleaner and fresher for longer than ever before.

10. 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.