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Your Guide to Antimicrobial Fabric

Maintaining sanitary conditions in hospitals, clean rooms and other facilities requires a combination of strict protocols and the right equipment. Clothing, linen, furniture and instruments all rely on antimicrobial fabric to help promote clean, sanitary working environments.

Apex Mills provides application-specific antimicrobial fabrics for medical devices and other products. We are a supplier to leading manufacturers, who rely on us for both quality products and expert advice.

What Is Antimicrobial Fabric?

An antimicrobial fabric is any textile that offers protection against bacteria, mold, mildew, and other hazardous microbes. This can be achieved by treating the fabric with a proprietary topical chemical that inhibits the growth of pathogens or by using yarns which are designed to provide inherent microscopic antimicrobial functionality such as those found in our DryRun™ family of high-performance fabric, constructed with A.M.Y.® and Sorbtek® specialty yarns. In combination, these yarns fight microbes from developing while simultaneously promoting moisture movement, thereby maximizing comfort and extending the life of the fabric.

The U.S. government heavily regulates the term “antimicrobial”. Fabrics marketed as antimicrobial must be non-toxic to the consumer and the environment and demonstrate compliance with FDA specifications through approved third-party testing. For this reason, it’s essential to be aware of your requirements and partner with a knowledgable supplier.

How Does Antimicrobial Fabric Work?

Antimicrobial fabrics work the same way antimicrobial soaps and sanitizers do — by attacking pathogens on a cellular level to prevent their growth and reproduction. Different chemicals and textiles have different levels of effectiveness. Some products merely slow the spread of pathogens over time, while others are designed to kill spore cells on contact.

Clothing and linens offer a porous, warm and hard-to-clean environment that is ideal for microbe growth. One of the reasons antimicrobial material fabrics are so effective is that, by eliminating this hazard, they keep dangerous pathogens from spreading, which reduces the overall risk of infection in a hospital or other area where sanitation is essential.

Where Are Antimicrobial Fabrics Used?

Clothes and hospital scrubs, as well as medical mattress covers, fabric and upholstery often use specially treated textiles to reduce the risk of disease transmission and prevent infection. In the past, Apex Mills has provided antimicrobial fabric manufacturing for healthcare, orthopedic and other companies.

Another important application for antimicrobial fabric is military and defense contracting, where it is a component of counter-chemical/biological warfare garments and related equipment. Antimicrobial fabrics also make an excellent choice for footwear and athletic wear, where they help prevent odors.

Apex Mills manufactures textiles across industries — from automotive and contract furniture fabric to food packaging, safety gear and more. We supply antimicrobial fabrics in a range of configurations to meet the needs of any customer. Just as importantly, we take the time to understand your project and match you with the best textile for the job.

Why Choose Apex Mills As Your Antimicrobial Fabric Manufacturer?

Apex Mills is a longstanding antimicrobial mesh, tricot and 3D spacer fabric manufacturer and supplier. Our philosophy is simple: “Problem Shared. Problem Solved.” This speaks to our goal of providing custom solutions for everyone we work with.

We’ll partner with you from the design stage of your project onward, leveraging our expertise to find smart solutions to all your fabric-related needs. We manufacture all our products in an ISO 9001-registered facility that complies with all relevant FDA, EPA and related guidelines.

To learn more about who we are and how we can help you, fill out the form on our custom solutions page and get in touch with our head office.


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