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Difference Between Antimicrobial & Antibacterial? The Level of Protection!

  • Difference Between Antimicrobial and Antibacterial The Level of Protection

Difference Between Antimicrobial & Antibacterial? The Level of Protection!

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.

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Ilona Osborne

Ilona Osborne is the Marketing Manager at Flowcrete Australia - a leading manufacturer of seamless resin floor solutions. In this role Ilona leads the regional marketing efforts in Australia and New Zealand to engage with construction professionals and to provide them with insights and information on resin flooring.

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