Mold & Bacteria Consulting Laboratories offers independent material fungus resistance testing for textiles, plastics, industrial fluids, paints, inks, and construction materials. Mold spores are everywhere and can grow and thrive on any organic material in high moisture conditions. Material fungus resistance testing assesses the products’ ability to resist Fungus (mold) growth in elevated moisture conditions. Manufacturers can use fungus resistance testing results to guide them toward developing products that resist mold growth.
Effects of Fungus (Mold) Growth on Products
Fungal growth on products can result in staining, decay, and deterioration. Billions of dollars are lost annually through biodeterioration. In the construction industry fungus growth not only destroys building materials such as drywall, flooring, paints and insulation but also negatively impact human health.
Material Fungus Resistance Testing
Our fungus resistance testing laboratory can assist you with choosing the correct test method for your project as well as develop test protocols tailored to your specific requirements. Our microbiologists specialize in ASTM, AATCC, JIS, and ISO standards.
Relevant Fungus Resistance Testing Standards
Below are some of the standard methods used for material fungus resistance testing. Where no suitable standard exists we can develop and validate a customized method for testing.
- ASTM G21 – Standard Practice for Determining Resistance of Synthetic Polymeric Materials to Fungi
- ASTM D3273 – Standard Test Method for Resistance to Growth of Mold on the Surface of Interior Coatings in an Environmental Chamber
- ASTM D6329 – Standard Guide for Developing Methodology for Evaluating the Ability of Indoor Materials to Support Microbial Growth Using Static Environmental Chambers
- ASTM C1338 – 00 – Standard Test Method for Determining Fungal Resistance of Insulation Materials and Facings.