Below we provide an overview of antimicrobial technology and how it works to enhance artificial grass. We provide this content to empower you to make the most educated and informed decision when deciding if artificial grass is right for your Arlington, TX residential or commercial property.
What is "Antimicrobial" Technology?
Antimicrobial: adjective | an·ti·mi·cro·bi·al – “Destroying or inhibiting the growth of microorganisms and especially pathogenic microorganisms.” – Merriam Webster
Antimicrobial technology can be defined as a substance that works to destroy or inhibit the growth and reproduction of bacteria, mold and mildew. The surfaces of products treated with antimicrobial technology will prevent or inhibit the growth and reproduction of microbes that could cause odors, stains, mold or mildew if left to reproduce.
Unlike disinfectants, which provide a limited residual activity, products with integrated antimicrobial technology work to continuously reduce the number of microbes on a treated product throughout its expected lifecycle. Because the antimicrobial additives are built-in, as opposed to applied to the surface, they last the lifetime of the turf product, keeping your artificial grass cleaner and fresher for longer.
What is an Antimicrobial Additive?
An antimicrobial additive is one or a combination of the many antimicrobial substances available that’s added to the materials during manufacturing.
Integrated at the stage of manufacture, an antimicrobial additive will provide around-the-clock product protection from the growth of microbes including bacteria, fungi and algae.
Additive formulations are based on a series of factors including target material and production processes. The best part about incorporating antimicrobial protection into artificial grass products is that it remains present and active for the expected lifetime of the turf product. It does not wash off or wear away and will continue to inhibit harmful microbes.
Antimicrobial protection is an increasingly popular feature on pet-friendly artificial turf where the buildup of bacteria and odors from dog urine is a major concern. Turf products equipped with antimicrobial technology are popular in dog runs and pet areas where it provides a head start in combating odor and bacteria buildup.
How Does Antimicrobial Technology Work On Artificial Grass?
Antimicrobial protection works at a cellular level to continually disrupt the growth and reproduction of microorganisms that contaminate a treated surface. The technology operates a multi-modal attack by damaging the protein, cell membrane, DNA, and internal systems of a microbe, causing it to die.
01. Full Integration
The antimicrobial technology is integrated during the manufacturing process and becomes part of the molecular structure of the turf backing. It will not wash off or wear away.
The treated backing of the turf product becomes contaminated with bacteria as a result of contact, cleaning lapses, and/or the build up of pet urine.
03. Technology at Work
The antimicrobial technology that’s infused into the turf’s backing penetrates the bacteria and inhibits their ability to reproduce, make food, or eliminate waste.
04. A Cleaner Surface
Ultimately, the antimicrobial-treated turf remains cleaner and is protected against the proliferation of stain and odor-causing bacteria. This is especially valuable for pet applications like fake grass for dogs where the buildup of odors from dog urine is a big concern.
What Are The Benefits of Antimicrobial Turf Products?
Equipping turf products with antimicrobial protection has many benefits for consumers. Overall, our aim is to provide our customers with the highest quality, longest-lasting, and best artificial grass products available.
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