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Research from Dr. Charles Gerba Finds Average Toilet Paper & Towel Dispensers Have More Bacteria Than Average Toilet Seat

Kimberly-Clark Professional Launches Exclusive Product Solution With Microban Antimicrobial Protection to Address Concerns About Exposure to Bacteria

ROSWELL, Ga., June 17 /PRNewswire/ -- If you thought a toilet seat was the most bacteria-laden place in a public restroom, think again.

According to new research conducted by microbiologist Dr. Charles Gerba of the University of Arizona, the average toilet paper dispenser has more than 150 times the amount of bacteria than the average toilet seat. The picture isn't much improved when it comes to paper towel dispensers. These were found to have over 50 times more bacteria on average than a typical public restroom toilet seat.

At a time when public concern about the day-to-day risks of exposure to microbes remains high, Kimberly-Clark Professional has an exclusive product solution that addresses these issues: A full range of toilet paper and paper towel dispensers with Microban antimicrobial protection.

The dispensers offer built-in antimicrobial protection against common bacteria, such as yeasts, molds and fungi that can cause stains, odors and product deterioration. Unlike surface treatments, Microban antimicrobial product protection is added during the manufacturing process and is an integral part of the dispenser that will not wash off or wear away, providing protection for the life of the dispenser. Kimberly-Clark Professional is the only personal care products provider licensed to offer dispensers with Microban protection.

How Microban Protects

Microban technology provides antimicrobial protection against stain and odor-causing bacteria. It also helps prevent microbes from growing and reproducing. This keeps dispensers cleaner between cleanings.

Microban works by inhibiting the growth of microbes. When bacteria and other microbes come in contact with a dispenser protected with Microban antimicrobial protection, the bacteria can no longer function. Microban protection penetrates the bacterium's cell wall and effectively prevents the microbe from growing and reproducing.

Microban protection is available with the following Kimberly-Clark Professional dispensers: the Lev-R-Matic Roll Towel Dispenser, Sanitouch Roll Towel Dispenser, Coreless JRT Twin Bath Tissue Dispenser and Coreless Double Roll Bath Tissue Dispenser.

As with all Kimberly-Clark Professional products, the dispensers with Microban protection come with the Kimberly-Clark Professional "No Questions Asked" guarantee. The guarantee reimburses purchasers up to $1,000 worth of free product if the initial product does not meet expectations. For more information, visit

About Kimberly-Clark Professional

Kimberly-Clark Professional is an indispensable business partner, delivering leading-edge health, hygiene and productivity solutions that provide tangible value every day, everywhere. Known for innovative, quality solutions for away-from-home washrooms, "clean" and "industrial" manufacturing environments, and DIY settings, the global brands of Kimberly-Clark Professional include Kleenex, Scott, Kimcare, WypAll, KleenGuard, and Kimtech. Kimberly-Clark Professional, located in Roswell, Ga., is one of Kimberly-Clark Corporation's four business segments and can be visited on the web at

About Microban International

Microban International, Ltd. is a global technology and marketing company dedicated to enhancing high quality consumer, industrial and medical products with branded built-in protection from microbes. Microban International licenses the Microban global brand name, sells custom-engineered compounds, and provides a range of services, including regulatory and marketing support. The Microban brand promises continuous and durable antimicrobial product protection, built-in during manufacture to not wear out for the useful life of the product. Microban International is headquartered in North Carolina with operations in North America, Europe and Asia. For more information on Microban, please visit

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