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Testing antimicrobial efficacy on porous materials

The efficacy of antimicrobial treatments to eliminate or control biological growth in the indoor environment can easily be tested on non-porous surfaces. However, the testing of antimicrobial efficacy on porous surfaces, such as those found in the indoor environment (i.e., gypsum board, heating, ventilating and air-conditioning duct-liner insulation, and wood products) can be more complicated and prone to incorrect conclusions regarding residual organisms and non-viable allergens. Research to control biological growth using three separate antimicrobial encapsulants on contaminated duct-liner insulation has been performed in both field and laboratory testing. The results indicate differences in antimicrobial efficacy for the period of testing. Copyright (C) 2002 S. Karger AG, Basel


Menetrez, MY., Foarde, K., & De Jesus, VR. (2002). Testing antimicrobial efficacy on porous materials. Indoor and Built Environment, 11(4), 202-207.