Polyurethane and polyolefin foams are used in a range of consumer and industrial applications. These include mattresses, furniture, carpet underlay, kitchen and bathroom sponges, automotive applications and insulation. Foams support the growth of bacteria and fungi that cause odours, stains or degradation. Dust mites are also commonly found in used mattress and furniture foams. Antimicrobial additives for foam products offer excellent benefits.
Ultra-Fresh antimicrobial treatments are recognized world-wide as the standard for antimicrobial protection in polyolefin and polyurethane foams. Antimicrobial treated foams exhibit excellent antibacterial and antifungal properties and ensure protection from the growth of unwanted microbes. Studies have shown Ultra-Fresh treatments are also effective in preventing dust mite colonies from becoming established in treated articles (please see regulatory information regarding dust mite claims).
Easy to use, Ultra-Fresh is typically added directly to the liquid polyol stream prior to the polymerization reaction. Depending on the foam formulation, minor adjustments may be required to control the physical properties of the foam. Once the Ultra-Fresh antimicrobial additive is incorporated into the foam during the manufacturing process, it becomes a permanent part of the structure, lasting for the effective 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.
Our Ultra-Fresh antimicrobial additives for foam are commonly used in the following end use areas:
For more information on which Ultra-Fresh products are suitable for your antimicrobial polyurethane or polyolefin foam applications, contact us!