Most people interchange the use of “antimicrobial” and “antibacterial”, when in reality both terms carry very different meanings!
The main difference between antibacterial and antimicrobial is the type of microorganism that they act upon and the strength of their effect.
While an antibacterial agent will kill a large range of mild bacteria, an antimicrobial agent offers a much broader scope of protection acting as an antibacterial, antibiotic, antifungal, antiparasitic and antiviral agent all-in-one!
An antimicrobial product will kill existing, prevent the development and subsequent spread of a whole host of potentially harmful microscopic organisms including, bacteria, protozoa, yeast, fungi, viruses, some algae and even some worms.
For those working in environments where hygiene and sanitation is critical, including food manufacturing and processing facilities, bio-medical laboratories, pharmaceutical plants and hospitals, be aware that antibacterial floor and wall coatings and / or paints will only offer a limited amount of protection against the harmful microorganisms posing a threat to your clean barrier.
Flowcrete Australia’s range of antimicrobial polyurethane flooring solutions provides all-round protection to withhold the utmost hygienic practices.