Antimicrobial Fabric Benefits

JUNE 4TH, 2018
Antimicrobial Fabric Benefits

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 made with an antimicrobial fabric that offers longer life and a higher level of freshness, adds a lot of appeal.

What Are the Benefits of Antimicrobials for Textiles?

Increased Lifespan – Antimicrobial fabric prevents degradation caused by bacteria, mold, and mildew.  This leads to products lasting longer, providing value to consumers.

Increased Freshness- Bacteria and certain microbes cause not only wear and tear to textiles but also unpleasant odours and staining.  Antimicrobial additives 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, antibacterial fabric will also help to keep items 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 – Antibacterial fabric is used in anything from masks and scrubs to window coverings and bedding, keeping them cleaner for longer
  • Apparel – Clothing with antimicrobial additives 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 when antimicrobial additives are used, saving the military time and money
  • Housewares – Bedding, towels, upholstery and other household fabrics are improved when antimicrobial textiles are used

How Is an Antimicrobial Fabric Made?

Antimicrobial additives are incorporated during the manufacturing process.  There are a few different ways antimicrobials are added textiles, most of which can be done without any added or special equipment. These can include:

  • Coating
  • Padding
  • Exhaustion
  • Foaming
  • Extrusion

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.