Q. What are microbes and why are they a problem?
A. Microbes are tiny (or micro) organisms that collect in many places like your washer. They include
bacteria, algae, mildew, and mold. A single microbe cannot be seen by the human eye, so when visible, they have multiplied to the hundreds of thousands. In ideal conditions, microbes can double every 20 minutes! If not treated, they can cause nasty odors, discoloration, and staining. Microbes can even affect a product's performance.

Q. How does antimicrobial protection* work?
A. Antimicrobial surfaces keep odor-causing microbes from multiplying by penetrating the cells of
microorganisms. This renders the cells unable to reproduce and grow. Antimicrobial protection works consistently to fight mold, mildew, and odor-causing bacteria.
Q. What is the benefit of having a washer featuring antimicrobial protection*?
A. Amana products featuring antimicrobial protection fight stain, odor, and damage-causing
microbes. Since the antimicrobial protection is working all day, every day, your washer stays cleaner between cleanings.
Q. Where is the antimicrobial treatment* on Amana washing machines?
A.
Front Load
The seal between the door
and tub are treated.
Top Load
The agitator and tub ring
are treated.
Q. How long does antimicrobial protection* last?
A. For as long as you have your Amana washer. During the manufacturing process, the antimicrobial
protection is built into parts of the washer that are vulnerable to bacteria growth. Since the protection is built-in, it's there to stay and works continuously.
Q. Are products featuring antimicrobial protection* safe?
A. Antimicrobial technology has had a long history of safe use. It has been thoroughly tested and is
registered with the Environmental Protection Agency. This technology has been used in medical, industrial, and consumer applications for more than 30 years. In that time, there has been no evidence of resistant strains of microbes.
*Amana uses Microban® Antimicrobial Product Protection. Microban protection can be found in hundreds of medical, industrial, and consumer products around the world.