Microban and Manchester Mills have joined hands to make antimicrobial-treated textiles, Protect360, for the healthcare and hospitality industries. Microban is a global specialist in antimicrobial technologies and odour control solutions. Manchester Mills is a leading textile manufacturer, with a powerful blend of manufacturing flexibility and expertise.

The Protect360 collection of products will be sold directly to customers, and through Manchester Mills and its distributor network in the US, Canada, the UK, and European Union. Key offerings of the Protect360 product line include mattress encasements and pillow protectors that are treated with Microban antimicrobial product protection and inhibit the growth of product damaging bacteria. These Protect360 products are also waterproof, and feature patent pending bed bug protection. Additionally, the fabric has passed third party testing for viral penetration protection, providing a barrier against viruses, according to Microban.

The exclusive partnership between Manchester Mills and Microban also includes the development of the textiles with built-in antimicrobial technology like pillow encasements, mattress protectors, towels, sheets, utility bedding, bath mats, comforters, pillow shells, blankets, spreads, mattress pads, and pillows, the company said in a media statement.

“Our partnership with Microban combines Manchester Mills textile engineering expertise and industry insights with the leading antimicrobial technology to meet consumers’ increased expectations for cleanliness and safety. Our Protect360 products we are launching with Microban are truly innovative and provide added protection for our customers’ specialised facilities and hotels. We look forward to adding Microban technology into more Manchester Mills products to service these industries and more,” Elizabeth McNulty, senior vice president and general manager at Manchester Mills said.

“Not surprisingly, we have learned that the majority of people staying in a hotel room or being cared for in a healthcare facility expect high levels of cleanliness, an expectation that has greatly increased over the course of the past several months. Through our partnership with Manchester Mills we are able to educate more people about technologies that ensure the cleanliness textiles to provide peace of mind,” Brian Aylward, senior director of global textiles for Microban said.

Microban’s portfolio of technologies continues to work to revolutionise product performance with protection that lives on. Its portfolio of solutions includes AEGIS, SilverShield, and ZPTech for antimicrobial product protection, and Scentry and Scentry Revive for odour control. As part of its commitment to sustainable manufacturing processes, Microban products are bluesign and Oeko-Tex approved.