An antimicrobial treatment is applied to a material during manufacturing to make it resistant to the growth of unwanted bacteria and fungi that can cause staining, odor and product degradation. Such treatments are applied to:
Ultra-Fresh antimicrobial treatments work at a cellular
level to continually disrupt the growth and reproduction of microorganisms. The treatment attacks microbes, damaging the protein, cell membrane, DNA and internal systems of a microbe. Once infused into a product, Ultra-Fresh antimicrobial treatments will start to work as soon as bacteria, mold or mildew come into contact with the treated surface.
Antimicrobial is a general term that refers to an agent or treatment that has either antibacterial or antifungal properties or both.
Antibacterial specifically refers to an agent or treatment that prevents the growth of bacteria.
Antifungal specifically refers to an agent or treatment that prevents the growth of mold and mildew.
Ultra-Fresh and Silpure antimicrobial treatments have been formulated for use in a diverse range of products. View some common antimicrobial applications.
Ultra-Fresh and Silpure are sold to industrial users in more than 50 countries. For more information, please contact us.
The cost of using Ultra-Fresh and Silpure will vary depending on the type and level of application and the product used. Costs would typically be pennies per pound of treated material. Contact us for further information.
Our antimicrobial products are applied using standard equipment and normal manufacturing processes. For textiles this could be exhaust, pad (foulard), spraying, coating or foaming. In polymers it could be coating, extrusion, injection molding etc.
Our antimicrobial products are formulated to have minimal effect on the other properties of a treated product. We do, however, recommend that laboratory or plant trials be run before going into full production.
Most Ultra-Fresh and Silpure treatments are non-ionic and are compatible with softeners and other auxiliaries. However, as there is variation in the types of auxiliaries that are available around the world, we do recommend running compatibility tests before going into production.
We work closely with manufacturers to ensure that the correct treatment, procedures and level of Ultra-Fresh or Silpure are applied so that it will last longer. Longevity depends on the treatment process and end-use material.
Our Ultra-Fresh or Silpure brands are available to use once a Trademark License Agreement is in place. Contact us directly for more details.
Unlike disinfectants which provide a limited residual activity once the treated surface dries, integrated Ultra-Fresh antimicrobial treatments work to continuously inhibit the growth of bacteria and fungi throughout the entire life cycle of a product.
Our antimicrobial products are registered with the U.S. EPA. Registration is granted by the EPA only after chemical, toxicological and environmental fate data has been reviewed. The EPA requires this information under its mandate to protect the U.S. public and the environment. SDS information is available to our customers upon request.