Antimicrobial vs Antibacterial

If you haven’t heard of Veraco yet they produce hygiene safe wraps.  These UK manufactured touchpoint wraps reduce the transmission of bacteria and viruses on handles, buttons, handrails and turnstiles. The wraps use silver ion technology and tests show 99.97% efficacy against Human Coronavirus 229E.


An important question often asked by our clients is “What is the difference between Antimicrobial and Antibacterial? While the terms often appear to have the same meaning, it’s vital to understand that there is a clear difference between them.


What Does Antibacterial Mean?

An antibacterial substance inhibits the growth of bacteria cells or kills them. This prevents them from spreading illnesses caused by bacteria, like:

  • E. coli
  • Shigella
  • Salmonella

Antibacterial products can only prevent bacterial growth and spread, and are not effective against fungi and viruses. Antibacterial products contain active ingredients that create hostile environments that are inhospitable for bacteria.




What Does Antimicrobial Mean?

An antimicrobial agent is a substance that works to eliminate or inhibit the growth of a variety of microorganisms, like bacteria, fungi and viruses. They’re also effective against certain parasites and mites, such as house dust mites.

Antimicrobials protect against a variety of different illnesses and infections including:

  • Coronavirus
  • Influenza
  • Ebola
  • The common cold

Antimicrobials work by disrupting and stopping the growth of a variety of microorganisms at a cellular level. These microorganisms would ordinarily self-replicate, meaning that they can spread and cause infections. Antimicrobial products contain agents, like silver ions, that protect against microorganisms.

The silver ions in these products attach themselves to a cell’s proteins, interfere with its DNA and block its respiratory system. This stops the cell’s energy production and causes it to burst.

Why Choose Antimicrobial v Antibacterial?

First and foremost, where an antibacterial product won’t protect you from COVID-19, an antimicrobial will.

What is antimicrobial technology?

The technology uses antimicrobial substances in products to reduce or eliminate the presence of microbes like bacteria, fungi and viruses.

Antimicrobial Wraps….How do we use this technology?

The adhesive pads and wraps are designed to be used on frequently touched surfaces, such as door handles, shopping trolleys and handrails, to stop the spread of viruses.

Easy Fix

The adhesive wraps are quick to fix and simply require the chosen surface to be clean and dry.  You simply peel the adhesive backing and press to secure the hygiene wrap which will last for 12 months.  These wraps can be used inside or outside.


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