Antimicrobial Laminates

Antimicrobial laminate is a polymer-matrix composite which consists of layers of materials that have been injected with a resistance to microbial growth. Here at Lanes Printers we have been using antimicrobial laminate as, due to the recent pandemic, we feel it is our duty to add to the prevention of bacteria growing and spreading. The laminate we are using is a biaxially oriented polypropylene film with added anti-bacterial properties.

This helps with durability and lifespan of the product, hygiene as the antibacterial properties are active 24/7. It also minimises the risk of cross contamination and has been marked safe to use by leading manufacturers and is food contact approved.

What Does Antibacterial Properties Really Mean?

In this case, it means small particles of silver ions. Silver has long been known for its ability to fight bacteria. And, by including it in this laminate, it can eliminate 99% of the bacteria cells that come into contact with your print - protecting you and others. Clients who need to be conscious of cleanliness these days will appreciate this little helping hand. It is becoming popular for printing services like business cards, food menus and newsletters where people will be coming into contact and touching things. Using laminate with antibacterial properties is a great tool for businesses who are starting to have more interaction with clients such as conferences, meetings, meals or home visits.

On a laminate surface, microbes can double in number every 20 minutes. Without the protection of antibacterial lamination your laminated printing can result in unpleasant odors and premature degradation, which will affect the durability and hygiene of a laminated product. In most circumstances with lamination that isn’t protected by antimicrobial properties constant cleaning is required to keep growth under control because the microbes have transfixed onto the surface. And in most environments the ability to clean constantly is unreasonable meaning the best weapon against the growth of bacteria is laminating printing services and products in an antibacterial film.

Want to know more about our antimicrobial printing? Need laminating for your business? Get in touch with us for more information.