Carpets and flooring can frequently be a source of unwanted microbes. Fungi can flourish in moist areas under carpets and floors and create musty odours and loss of product integrity. Carpet and rugs can trap dirt and spills within the face fibres, leading to odours and staining from microbial growth if not properly cleaned.
Hard surfaces become susceptible to attack when the topcoat and wear layers are worn away over time. Adhesives used in flooring can also support fungal growth which can lead to eventual discolouration and deterioration. Antimicrobial flooring and antimicrobial carpet offer many benefits.
Ultra-Fresh antimicrobials can be foamed onto or extruded directly into fibers to prevent bacterial growth on the carpet surface. For added control against mold and mildew, Ultra-Fresh products can be incorporated into the latex or secondary backing. Additional antimicrobial protection can be achieved by combining treatments with the use of an Ultra-Fresh treated foam underlay.
Hard surfaces can also be protected by adding Ultra-Fresh into the topcoat or wear layers, as well as the backing. Once applied, Ultra-Fresh becomes a permanent part of the antimicrobial flooring or antimicrobial carpet structure and will extend the useful life of the product.
Many test methods developed by organizations such as the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC); American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM); International Organization for Standardization (ISO); and Japanese Industrial Standard (JIS) are available to evaluate antimicrobial performance.
Such standardized test methods are often developed for specific types of materials, end-uses or antimicrobial technologies; therefore choosing the correct test method is crucial.
Carpet manufacturers looking to assess the antibacterial properties of their carpets should use quantitative test methods such as the AATCC Method 174, Part II or the ISO 20743 (JIS L 1902). To test antifungal performance of carpets, standardized fungal test methods such as the AATCC Method 174, Part III, AATCC Method 30, Part III or ASTM G21 are recommended.
Companies offering hard surface flooring options should utilize bacterial test methods such as the ISO 22196 (JIS Z 2801). For sheet vinyl flooring, assessment against pink staining using the ASTM E1428 is recommended. Antifungal properties are typically assessed using the AATCC Method 30, Part III or the ASTM G21.
For more information regarding the best test methods to use for your flooring product, contact us!
The photos below are an example of the benefit of adding antimicrobial additives to carpet backing. Under the right conditions, mold and mildew can flourish by using the carpet latex as a favorite food source, especially when moisture become trapped underneath. Antimicrobials keep the area you do don’t see cleaner and help flooring products last longer.
Both carpet samples were tested using the AATCC Method 174, Part III. The test organism used was Aspergillus niger.
Our antimicrobial products are commonly used in the following flooring and carpet end-use areas:
For more information on which Ultra-Fresh antimicrobial treatments are suitable for your carpet or flooring applications, contact us!
Ultra-Fresh technology is currently used in flooring products around the world. To manufacturers, the Ultra-Fresh brand is recognized globally as a standard of excellence in antimicrobial technology. To consumers, Ultra-Fresh offers a promise of product quality and integrity. Interested in learning more about some of our flooring partnerships?