All About Microbes

Types of Microorganisms & Microbial Growth

Allow our antimicrobial experts to explain everything you need to know about microbes. First of all, microbes or microorganisms must be viewed through a microscope. The naked eye is only able to detect a microbial presence once they have multiplied by hundreds of thousands. Under the right conditions, microbes can double in number every 20 minutes. Our innovative antimicrobial agents are administered during a product’s manufacturing process, protecting each product on a molecular level throughout its useful lifetime. Our custom antimicrobial formulas keep products cleaner by inhibiting unattractive stains, resisting musty odors and inhibiting the growth of mold and mildew.

Types of microorganisms include bacteria, mold and mildew. Learn more about microbes below, including their ideal reproductive environments and the negative influences they have on product surfaces.

About Microbes & Bacteria

Billions of years ago, bacteria were among the earliest forms of life on Earth. Today, bacteria are present in soil, air, water, on plants and even on animals and humans. Many strains of bacteria and types of microbial growth are beneficial to animals and the environment, including the bacteria that help human food digestion. However, other bacteria can adversely affect everyday products we use in our lives, causing stains, odors and product deterioration. Our product development team takes everything there is to know about microbes and formulates solutions to help partnered companies integrate antimicrobial product protection.

About Microbes & Fungus

Early fossil records suggest that fungi have been on Earth for over 550 million years. Some experts estimate over 1.5 million fungus species exist today. Common fungi include mushrooms, puffballs, truffles, yeasts and most mildew strains. Fungi are commonly referred to as mold and begin life as microscopic airborne spores that germinate with the moist surfaces of nonliving organic matter. Mold then penetrates the organic material, secretes enzymes, and absorbs water and the digested sugars from the nutrient source.

Many products found in and around homes provide rich nutrient sources for mold spores and microbial growth. The best defense is prevention: control moisture levels in your home and look for products that resist mold growth. It is important to learn about microbes when considering the effects of fungus on everyday products. Microban antimicrobial agents help prevent uncontrolled microbial growth and keep products cleaner for longer.

About Microbes & Algae

Algae, a simple, plantlike microorganism, is often classified at the phylum level according to their color. Algae vary in size, from microscopic algae to the largest forms such as seaweed. While habitats fluctuate, most algae are found in fresh water or seawater. Algae use photosynthesis to make their own food.

Algae produce more oxygen than all plants combined and play an invaluable role in our ecosystem. While humans have found positive uses for the microbial growth of algae in food, shampoos and some medications, algae can also damage product surfaces such as swimming pool filters, boat hulls and home exteriors. We use this information about microbes to create our protective antimicrobial technologies which hinder the uncontrolled growth of damaging algae.