| July 1st, 2021

The biodeterioration of plastic based products can be a serious problem for manufacturers. Failure to add the proper amount of antimicrobial additive can lead to premature product failure due to loss of mechanical strength, flexibility or adhesive strength. Also, adverse aesthetics such as musty odor, permanent staining or microbial surface growth can lead to customer complaints

Vanquish® products are broad spectrum antimicrobial formulations that protect the surface of consumer products and pre­vent objectionable odors and aesthetic problems such as staining, or growth of microbes on or in the substrate. Based on active ingredient,  N-butyl-1, 2-benzisothiazolin-3-one and formulations with other actives such as Zinc Pyrithione, Vanquish®  products are used for the protection of natural rubber and plastic products made from variety of polymers incorporated into diverse applications.

Typical Applications

Vanquish® products are effective in most plastics compositions and can be used to preserve natural rubber and such plastics as PVC, polyurethane, silicone, acrylics, and others to produce articles such as:

  • Coated fabric (e.g. ski wear, raincoats, tents, seat covers)
  • Floor coverings, underlay & mats
  • Vinyl wall coverings
  • Tarpaulins and awnings
  • Roofing membranes
  • Synthetic leather (e.g. sneakers and training shoe uppers)
  • Swimming pool liners, ornamental pond liners
  • Appliance gaskets (e.g. washers, refrigerator)
  • Shoe soles, mid-soles & outers
  • Sealants, caulks, weather stripping & non-food contact adhesives
  • Pet toys & general household items (shower curtains, bath mats)
  • Auto parts (e.g. landau tops, door seals, shock absorbers)
  • Foam (e.g. seat cushions, gaskets, insulation)
  • Tubing (e.g., marine hose and sleeving)
  • Electrical & pipe wrap
  • Furniture (e.g. outdoor, leisure, water bed liners, cushions)

Getting the Best of Both Worlds: PU Foam Illustrative  

Polyurethane foam applications are particularly susceptive to growth of microbes due to their porous structure. The microbial growth problem is further exacerbated in humid and wet environments. The production of polyurethane foams requires a chemical reaction at the foam producing facility. This poses a problem since quite a few antimicrobials interfere with this reaction to make foam and therefore these additives cannot be used. Many antimicrobials lack ease of integration in the process. Vanquish® products solve both of these problems. They do not interfere in the foam making process. Vanquish® also provides ease of use as they can be delivered to the reaction through one of the two ingredients used to make the foam. Their broad spectrum activity also helps them succeed by bringing about balanced bacterial and fungal control to the applications they are used in.

Contact us to see if Vanquish® products offer the right technology for solving your microbial growth problems.

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