What is it?
An antimicrobial is a chemical, natural or synthetic, that kills microorganisms or inhibits their growth, reproduction.
Antimicrobials can be classified according to their activity (-cid, -static, -lytic) and the type of microorganisms that are affected by them (bacteria, viruses, yeasts, fungi, parasites).
What is the difference between antibacterial and antimicrobial?
An antibacterial is only directed and effective against bacteria. Only an antimicrobial has a broad spectrum of microorganisms against which it is effective: bacteria, yeasts, fungi, viruses, molds, etc.
What are the types of antimicrobials?
Many substances can be antimicrobial such as disinfectants, antibiotics but also antimicrobial additives.
What is an antimicrobial additive?
An antimicrobial additive is any masterbatch liquid, powder or granule containing a registered antimicrobial agent. Embedded in polymers during the manufacturing process, this antimicrobial additive will ensure its effects throughout the expected lifespan of the product.