PVC, latex and polyurethane etc. are coated onto textiles to create goods with new properties or features. Ink, paint, and lacquer are other examples of coatings or dried films. Regardless of their nature, most coatings are susceptible to bacterial and fungal growth. Microbial attack affects these coatings by producing bacterial or musty fungal odours, staining and/or loss of inherent properties. This leads to a reduced lifespan of the product. Antimicrobial coatings add value and functionality to finished products by reducing odours, staining and by extending product life.
Ultra-Fresh antimicrobial additives offer proven protection from microbial attack by controlling growth of unwanted microbes. Antimicrobial coatings can enhance the overall hygienic environment when used in healthcare institutions, catering facilities, washrooms and more by minimizing the presence of bacteria on surfaces.
Antimicrobial coatings can also offer protection against fungi, mould and mildew, a key feature particularly for outdoor applications. Ultra-Fresh antimicrobial additives therefore help to prolong product life by preventing discoloration, loss of tensile strength and cracking of coated textiles that often occur through fungal attack.
A number of Ultra-Fresh treatment options for antimicrobial coatings are available. This selection ensures that an ideal product can be found for each particular end use and performance requirement. Simple to use, each antimicrobial treatment can be added to the liquid stage prior to coating. In most cases, our antimicrobial additives can also offer excellent in-can protection prior to use.
Our antimicrobial products are commonly used in the following end use areas: