Antimicrobials for Textiles

JUNE 4TH, 2018
Antimicrobials for Textiles

Antimicrobial additives have long been used in the textile industry, to the benefit of consumers and manufacturers alike. With the multitude of options available to consumers, having a product that offers longer life and a higher level of freshness can add a lot of appeal.

What Are the Benefits of Antimicrobials for Textiles?

Increased Lifespan – Antimicrobials help to stop the degradation of fabrics caused by bacteria, mold and mildew.  This leads to products lasting longer, providing value to consumers.

Increased Freshness– Bacteria and certain microbes can cause not only wear and tear to textiles but also unpleasant odours and staining.  Antimicrobials help to lessen that and are particularly useful with clothing and products that are exposed to sweat and humidity.

Stays Cleaner for Longer – In many industries, especially healthcare, having textile products that help to minimize bacteria and mold is a huge benefit.  Not only will it cut down on the time spent cleaning, antimicrobial products will also help to keep fabrics, such as privacy curtains and upholstery, cleaner in between regular scheduled cleaning.

Better for the Environment – Textiles treated with antimicrobials have increased longevity.  Slowing the cycle of products going to landfills and also the need to manufacture new replacement items, helps to reduce our overall carbon footprint.  In addition, since antimicrobial textiles require fewer washes, less water and detergent are being sent down the drain which is also kinder to the environment.

Which Industries Benefit from Antimicrobial Additives?

Pretty well any industry that uses textiles benefits from antimicrobials, including:

  • Healthcare Industry – Are use in anything from masks and scrubs to window coverings and bedding, keeping them cleaner for longer
  • Apparel – Clothing with antimicrobial technology such as undergarments, socks and sports gear prevent embarrassing odours from developing before they begin
  • Military – Things such as uniforms, tents and parachutes remain fresher, break down slower and stay stronger, saving the military time and money
  • Housewares – Bedding, towels, upholstery and other textiles used in households are improved with the addition of antimicrobials

How Are Antimicrobials Added to Textiles?

There are a few different ways we add our antimicrobials to textiles and most of which can be done without any added or special equipment. This can include:

  • Coating
  • Padding
  • Exhaustion
  • Foaming

Ultra-Fresh also works well with synthetic fibers and non-woven textiles. For more information on how Ultra-Fresh can help keep your textiles fresh, check out our Textile and Non-Woven Fabrics Information page.  If you want to see Ultra-Fresh in action, click here.  Or, you can contact us any time for more information.