Microban® adopts test method AATCC TM211-2021

Oct 28, 2021

Microban, the global leader in textile hygiene solutions, is pleased to welcome AATCC TM211-2021, a breakthrough method for evaluating odor control capabilities in the textiles industry.

NORTH CAROLINA, USA - NOVEMBER 4, 2021 // Microban® International welcomes the recently approved AATCC test method – TM211-2021 – that has been developed to support the textiles industry. This novel and strategically important, standardized Drager method measures the reduction of odor on materials treated with antimicrobial technologies, and partners well with existing textile test methods such as the AATCC TM100, to show the correlation between bacterial reduction and odor control. Microban was one of the early adopters of this groundbreaking method that can for the first time provide a truly quantitative evaluation of the valuable, real-world, and functional benefits of antimicrobial chemistries by quantifying odor reduction.

Antimicrobial technologies in textiles provide a proactive solution for preventing ‘permastink’ – the enduring odors created by the metabolism of sweat by skin flora that often persists on clothes after cleaning. These odor control formulations work on the understanding that reducing the growth of microbial populations on textiles will subsequently reduce odors generated from bacterial activity. The AATCC TM 211-2021 test method is an innovative, objective method that can articulate the efficacy of odor control technologies and provide definitive scientific evidence for these claims. Additionally, this highly sensitive test gives real-time and visual depictions of ammonia levels – created by bacterial metabolic pathways – on a colorimetric scale, in under 48 hours. The biological system can be used across the textile industry for assessing the odor capture propensity of both antimicrobial-based technologies, and other odor-reducing techniques.

Erika Simmons, Technical Director at the AATCC, explained: “RA31 has introduced a new odor method with the addition of TM211. This new method provides a quantifiable means for evaluating the reduction of odor generated from textiles treated with antibacterial finishes. This method offers a much-needed standard for addressing odor as a factor in antibacterial finish performance. AATCC is proud of this new method and the doors it opens to innovation down the road.”

Dr. Ivan Ong, Vice President of Research and Development at Microban International, commented: “This is a hugely important and necessary scientific advancement, not only for our company but for the entire textiles industry. Being able to quantify odor control technology quickly and accurately can help to communicate these benefits to the end-user, as well as expand our understanding of the mechanisms used to inhibit bacterial metabolism. This is all part of our ongoing commitment to developing scientifically-backed technologies for products that are cleaner, fresher, and more valuable to the customer.”

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About Microban International:

Part of Barr Brands International (BBI), Microban International is home to the most trusted and well-known global brands in the antimicrobial, odor control, and sanitization/disinfection markets – Microban® and Ultra-Fresh®. Our organization has experienced over 100 collective years of growth and has revolutionized the industry. As the global leader, our proactive systems keep products cleaner and control odors better by preventing problems before they start. Microban International drives innovation by combining science and creative solutions that enhance high quality consumer, textile, industrial and medical products around the world. Today, the Microban and Ultra-Fresh brands and our technologies are featured on thousands of products worldwide. The company is headquartered in North Carolina with operations in North America, Europe, and the Asia Pacific. For more information, please visit www.microban.com.

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View a quick overview video on how this test method works.