Window treatments are a great way to enhance privacy, control how much light a property receives at various parts of the day and complement the overall decor in a room. And today, certain types of window shades can even help improve the indoor air quality in an enclosed environment. In a day and age where we’re more cognoscente of cleanliness and working to keep our environments safe from disease transmission, an option to enhance such efforts is to purchase window shades with antimicrobial protection. Phifer offers roller shade fabrics with Microban protection, which is designed to resist disease-causing bacteria and mold. In this post, we’ll take a closer look at this innovative technology and why it may make sense for your commercial property:

Microban Antimicrobial Protection Explained

It’s well documented that disease-causing bacteria can live on hard surfaces for a period of time, potentially infecting individuals that contact it. But certain types of bacteria can also live on fabrics as well. And while these types of bacteria have the potential to make individuals that come into contact with it sick, they can also wreak havoc on the aesthetics of window treatments by staining and damaging the fabric over time.

Additionally, mold and mildew can grow and live on both porous and non-porous surfaces when the conditions are right. Those sensitive to mold may experience more intense allergic reactions, skin and eye irritation, and even potential respiratory problems from exposure. What’s more is when mold begins growing on porous surfaces, such as fabric, it’s usually difficult to clean and remove. This means items often have to be discarded and replaced.

So how does Microban antimicrobial protection help fight bacteria, mold and promote overall cleanliness in an indoor setting? Simply put, it works to inhibit microorganism growth by disrupting cell functions, thereby making it unable to replicate and grow on the material.

Benefits of Microban Protection

Aside from helping promote a healthier overall indoor environment, here’s a look at some of the other key benefits of Microban protection:

  • Wide protection range: Microban is wide ranging in its effectiveness. It can adequately protect against most bacteria, mold, fungi and yeasts.
  • Long lasting: Microban is built in to Phifer shades during the manufacturing process so it’s able to begin working immediately following installation. It’s designed to protect against microorganisms for the lifetime of the product. In other words, it will not wear off or fade away with regular cleaning, which is still necessary. Microban is also designed to make cleaning practices easier.
  • EPA registered: Microban is EPA registered for all of the applications it is used with, a designation that helps ensure the product is safe.
  • Long-term cost savings: Shade replacement due to stains and discoloration or from mold growth, is common in commercial environments. Microban can help protect against such degradation while promoting better indoor health. This can help property managers save money over time.

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For more information on Microban antimicrobial product protection and the value it has in window treatments, contact us today.