**Now PermaLife Products come with Microban® antimicrobial protection so there’s no worry about microbes. Microban protection works

continuously to inhibit the growth of microbes so PermaLife colored products stay cleaner.  ** (Available on or before March 1, 2007)


Microban protection is added during the manufacturing process to fight the growth of bacteria, mold and mildew that can cause stains and

deterioration of the coating. And because Microban protection is built-in, it won’t wash off or wear away offering an added level of defense that lasts for

the life of all PermaLife colored products.




Microban® technology is built-in to PermaLife products during the manufacturing process. When microbes, such as bacteria, mold and mildew that can cause stains, odors and product deterioration come in contact with the product surface, Microban protection penetrates the cell wall of the microbe and disrupts key cell functions so that the microbe cannot function, grow or reproduce.



Microbes or microorganisms are living cells that are too small to be seen with the naked eye and must be viewed through a microscope. The naked eye is only able to detect the presence of microbes once they have multiplied to the hundreds of thousands. And under the right conditions, microbes can double in number every 15-20 minutes. Types of microorganisms include bacteria, algae and fungi or mold.


*Microban® antimicrobial product protection is engineered to protect PermaLife products from bacteria, mold and in some cases algae that can cause stains, odors and product deterioration. (Microban protection is not designed to protect users from disease causing microorganisms).



Billions of years ago, bacteria were among the earliest forms of life on Earth. Today, bacteria are present in the soil, in the air, in water, on plants and even on animals and humans.


There’s no escaping the presence of bacteria and in fact, many of the bacteria we encounter are beneficial to the environment and even to the human body helping us to digest food for example. However, some bacteria can adversely affect the everyday products we use in our lives causing stains, odors and product deterioration.



Early fossil records suggest that fungi have been on Earth for over 550 million years. And some experts estimate that today over 1.5 million fungus species exist. Common fungi include mushrooms, puffballs, truffles, yeasts and most mildews. Fungi are commonly referred to as mold and begin life as microscopic airborne spores that germinate on contact with the surface of a nonliving organic matter where moisture is present. Mold is then able to penetrate the organic material, secreting enzymes and absorbing water and the digested sugars and starches from the nutrient source.

Mold is present everywhere in our indoor and outdoor environment and many of the products found in our homes provide rich nutrient sources. Look for products like PermaLife with Microban protection to resist the growth of mold on the coating.




All products engineered with Microban protection undergo extensive testing microbiology and chemical analysis labs. In addition, Microban technology has been proven effective in over 20,000 tests at over 27 independent laboratories around the world.


Using industry standard testing methods, the samples below demonstrate the effectiveness of Microban technology against bacteria that can cause

stains, odors and product deterioration.