Antimicrobial fabrics and textiles are fiber-based
substrates to which antimicrobial agents have been applied at the
surface, or incorporated into the fibers, rendering a product
that kills or inhibits the growth of microorganisms. Antimicrobial
textile products offer protection against orders in shoes and clothing.
Odors in shoes and clothing come from microorganisms that feed on
moisture, heat and humidity to survive. Textile products offer
antimicrobial protection stay fresh for longer.
What is antibacterial?
An antibacterial is an agent that interferes with
the growth and reproduction of bacteria.
Difference between Antibiotics, Antibacterials
Although antibiotics and antibacterials both
attack bacteria, these terms have evolved over the years to mean two
Antibacterials are now most commonly
described as agents used to disinfect surfaces and eliminate potentially
Antibiotics are used as medicines for humans
Antimicrobial is an agent that kills
microorganisms or inhibits their growth. Antimicrobial medicines can be
grouped according to the microorganisms they act primarily against. For
example, antibacterials are used against bacteria and antifungals are
used against fungi.
In regard to clothing and textiles, we are not
concerned with antibiotics. Our focus is on anti-microbial such as
antibacterials found in products such as soaps, detergents, health and
skincare products and fabrics.
The use of antibacterial chemistries in textiles
has grown dramatically over the last few decades. Today’s consumers
demand enhanced aesthetics and comfort in apparel, as well as higher
levels of protection, performance and easy-care properties. That’s why
consumers are spending their money on innerwear, socks and a variety of
apparel goods containing durable antibacterial protection that controls
Apparel can be a significant harbinger of bacteria
because next-to-skin surfaces contain the right combination of organic
matter, moisture and temperature to create the ideal environment to
support odor-causing microbiological growth. Wearing apparel that
generates offensive odors is never a pleasant experience for the person
wearing the apparel or for those nearby
Antibacterials are generally considered effective
in killing bacteria, however, there is considerable controversy
surrounding their health benefits. Some antibacterial chemicals
raise safety concerns that should be reviewed.
antibacterial fabric mills.
Resources of interest:
Microban® offers comprehensive antimicrobial apparel
technologies that meet customer demands for antimicrobial efficacy, wash
durability, processing conditions and cost effectiveness. Once we
contact our customer, Microban obtains the information necessary to
engineer an intelligent antimicrobial apparel technology solution.
Factors such as antimicrobial performance, fabric properties that need
antimicrobial treatment and available manufacturing processes are just a
few steps we take to fully investigate ideal antimicrobial apparel
X-STATIC® fabrics promote a safer healthcare environment by
permanently and continuously inhibiting the growth of bacteria and fungi
on the fabrics. Wash after wash, X-STATIC® fabrics maintain their
premier performance for the life of the product. Soft surfaces made
with X-STATIC® fibers are clinically proven in laboratory studies to
reduce bacterial growth on textile surfaces by 99.9% within one hour. A
global leader in antimicrobial fiber technology, X-STATIC® even inhibits
the growth of multidrug-resistant strains of bacteria, including MRSA
PureThread: Developed with manufacturers and product designers in
mind, PurThread's innovative antimicrobial fibers and yarns enhance
their partners' products with unsurpassed germ-fighting capability,
durability, and freshness without any production hassles, design
hindrances or performance let downs. Their award-winning
technology embeds pure, natural, recycled silver salts throughout
their fibers, offering powerful, durable antimicrobial protection for
fabrics: PurThread's silver salts have been reviewed and registered by
the EPA as safe for people and the environment. Powerfully
effective at keeping fabrics fresh. Stay-fresh fabrics = fewer
cleanings = good for your customers and the environment
Suggested links of interest:
What is an antibacterial and how are antibacterials classified?
What is antibacterial fabric? (WiseGeek)
About Antibacterial Fabric (Google Scholar Search)
Triclosan Antibacterial Chemical Safety (New York Times)