Cleaning agents and products, whether used within the household, for manufacturing or commercial industry, are categorized based on their cleaning claims and ingredients. Several “treated articles” feature antibacterial coatings. An antibacterial coating agent is defined by its application that is bound to a surface with the intention of acting as a continuous protection film against the growth of certain bacteria, mold, mildew, or algae. Embedded antibacterial agents are those that contain an active agent throughout the surface that acts as a continuous film to inhibit the ability of certain bacteria to grow.
Antibacterial coatings are used in various types of industries to create an extra layer of protection. PVC, latex, polyurethane, ink, paint, lacquer, powder coatings, films, etc. are coated onto hard surfaces or textiles, creating goods with new properties or features. In fact, textile surfaces tend to be very easy for microorganisms to thrive in due to the abundance of interstitial spacing between fibers. Smooth hard surfaces are not immune to this, especially commonly used surfaces.