Frequently Asked Questions About Antimicrobials
Antimicrobial vs Antibacterial - What’s the difference?
Antimicrobials and antibacterials are very similar in that they stop or kill bacteria. Antimicrobials, however, also stop the growth of mold and fungi and protect surfaces for longer periods of time compared to antibacterials. Both have widespread uses and applications and should be included in a well-rounded cleaning routine.
What is an antimicrobial?
According to the EPA, an antimicrobial is "intended to disinfect, sanitize, reduce or mitigate growth or development of microbiological organisms or protect inanimate objects, industrial processes or systems, surfaces, water, or other chemical substances from contamination, fouling, or deterioration caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi, protozoa, algae, or slime."
To sum it up, antimicrobials protect you or a surface from potentially harmful microorganisms by stunting or stopping the microorganism's growth.