Microbial resistance testing and why it matters to manufacturers

This is Part I in a series on Microbial resistance testing. Stay tuned for Part II on July 11.

In our microbial resistance awareness series, we will explore in detail how microbial resistance testing is conducted and see examples of companies that have conducted this testing and the impact it has had on their business.

Most people who own, manage or occupy a building know the dangers of water indoors. Whether caused by flooding, unintended water spills or elevated moisture conditions, water indoors can result in mold growth that can damage materials, contents and infrastructure.

Increasingly, microbial resistance testing offers manufacturers of products used in indoor environments the ability to understand their products’ ability to resist mold growth in cases when there is elevated moisture in a building. Why is this important? Well, mold growth on materials can result in staining, decay, foul smell or even trigger health reactions such as headache, asthma or general malaise due to the Microbial Volatile Organic Compounds (MVOCs) that they emit.

Mold growth can impact a range of building materials and products that are used in indoor environments including paint, wallboard, textiles, insulation and furnishings to name a few. While microbial resistance testing is no substitute for moisture control and water intrusion prevention, it does provide a great many benefits to manufacturers and the buyers of your products:

  • Understand how your products will perform in elevated moisture conditions, allowing you to provide care instructions, warnings and information to customers.
  • With microbial resistance testing, you can compare materials and engineer products that resist mold growth, differentiating them and ensuring product durability.
  • Support improved indoor air quality by selling products that resist mold growth and, therefore, reduce the release of MVOCs that can threaten human health.

Get valuable information with microbial resistance testing that can be used for new product development, risk management, quality assurance and marketing. Visit the UL website.