Clean Surfaces: Antimicrobial Collection from Formica

Formica Group has launched the Formica Laminate Antimicrobial Collection, a series of 20 established laminate designs now available in the United States and Mexico with BioCote technology to guard against odor- and stain-causing microbes.

“Patrons are increasingly aware of what’s accumulating on frequently used surfaces in high-traffic environments, and designers are looking for solutions that don’t compromise on style,” said Mark Ferguson, director of North American innovation and technology at Formica Corp. “These new antimicrobial options bring peace of mind through added function and durability with another layer of protection.”

The collection uses silver-ion-based BioCote. Embedded directly into the surface, BioCote offers protection throughout the entire product warranty for defense against odor- and stain-causing microbes and is approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use in food manufacturing, processing and handling environments.

In testing, the Formica Laminate Antimicrobial Collection inhibits the growth of odor and stain causing bacteria on the surface after 24 hours. The collection also significantly prevented odor-causing mold and mildew growth over the 28-day exposure period.

The Formica Laminate Antimicrobial Collection is available in 20 colors from solids to patterns and woodgrains, including Dover White, Neutral Twill and Pecan Woodline.