Antimicrobial textiles have been used for centuries, with the Egyptians using spices and herbal coatings to prepare mummy wrap.
In more modern times, there is vast interest in hygienic fabrics that offer an advantage in respect of cleanliness and odour prevention because of their antimicrobial properties or inherent reduced bacterial growth. Typical antimicrobial textiles provide useful solutions to industries where microbes can pose a risk to end users, such as in hospital environments, where there is greater risk of transmission of microbes from one person to another. In addition, they can also be used to fight odours within fabrics typically worn next to the skin, such as t-shirts, socks, and sportswear.
At Melbec, we offer a comprehensive range of microbiology efficacy testing options in line with international standards to assist with antimicrobial assessment of textiles. Testing can be completed using standard organisms or adapted for specific organisms related to product claims. These might include antibiotic resistant strains such as MRSA and VRE, fungal spores or Clostridium difficile.