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What Does Antimicrobial Mean?

What Does Antimicrobial Mean?

What is an Antimicrobial product?

BioCote® defines an ‘Antimicrobial Product' as something that kills microbes as its primary feature. 

You're not alone if you're perplexed by all the names and labels. Any substance or component that destroys or prevents bacteria, viruses, or molds is referred to as antimicrobial. Antibacterials, on the other hand, can only be used to destroy bacteria. Disinfectants and antiseptics were the most common types of antimicrobial products in the home until recently. Disinfectants are chemicals that destroy microbes (usually bacteria and viruses) on surfaces such as countertops and toilet seats. Antiseptics are drugs that are applied to the skin to treat wounds and scrapes. 

Are all Antimicrobial products the same?

Antimicrobials come in a variety of forms, each with a distinct purpose and formulations tailored to the applications in which they are used. Everyone who has seen a doctor for an illness is familiar with the word "antibiotic," which refers to a type of medication used to treat infections caused by bacteria. Antibiotics are a form of antimicrobial, which you might not realize.

BioCote® antimicrobial technology, like antibiotics, has a particular purpose. Their additives are designed to be added to products during the manufacturing process, such as rubber, cloth, and coatings. They're produced not only to work with the manufacturing process, but also to provide antimicrobial properties to the product or material. This is antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral defense. The shielding is permanent, and it will almost certainly last the product's expected usable lifetime – if not longer. Although there are many different types of active ingredients on the market, they are not all created equal, and there are some that are more effective than others.

How Antimicrobial does a product need to be to be considered antimicrobial?

When a product is described as having antimicrobial properties, it is reasonable to conclude that it can reduce bacteria by 99.9%, which is the magical statistic frequently cited in advertisements. As a result, the BioCote® trademark has become synonymous with superior antimicrobial consistency all over the world.

Does Antimicrobial mean forever?

Cleaning chemicals, for example, are designed to have an immediate antimicrobial effect. However, a fast killing action is usually short-lived, and once a surface that has been handled with them is dry, the antimicrobial effect disappears, leaving the cleaned surface vulnerable to re-contamination.

Although the effect is only temporary, the product performs as intended. The BioCote® technology does not wash away, decay, or lose steam. Their technology ensures that a substance remains antimicrobial for the duration of its projected lifespan. Anything less is unreasonable.


It's clear that the term "antimicrobial" can refer to a variety of items, depending on the application or circumstance in which it's used. Alternatively, look for the BioCote® logo, and you can be certain that the product, whatever it is and wherever it is sold, will have reliable antimicrobial efficiency. 

At Sonisk, our Sonisk Pulse toothbrush is coated in antimicrobial coating and the neat cap keeps your toothbrush germ-free and ready to go. Antimicrobial protection and sonic technology to preserve tooth surface and prevent decay, along with a travel cap to keep your brush head dirt free!

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