What Quats Do

Antimicrobial “Quats” destroy microorganisms to help prevent the spread of communicable disease.

As a group, quats are highly-effective compounds for controlling a broad spectrum of microorganisms, including bacteria, molds, yeasts, fungi, and some viruses.

They are used in formulations for cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting hard, non-porous surfaces such as floors, walls, toilets and fixtures found in hospitals, schools, offices, and homes.

They are also used in food-service environments for disinfecting and sanitizing surfaces found in commercial kitchens and food processing plants.  On the farm, they can be used on agricultural tools, vehicles, shoes, and milking equipment.

Quats help to disinfect water-related equipment in industrial processes, such as re-circulating cooling water systems and waste water systems. They are used, as well, in commercial swimming pools, spas, hot tubs, decorative ponds and fountains. Quats play a role, too, in wood preservation. ADBAC is a registered algaecide for use in farm ponds, landscape water features, and other aquatic environments where algae control is needed.

Disinfect, Preserve, Clean & Soften


Quat-based disinfectants are widely used to help keep healthcare, educational, business, animal facilities and food processing operations free of disease- causing bacteria and viruses.


Quat-based formulations are used in cosmetics and personal care products such as contact lens cleaner and nasal spray. They are the active ingredients in a variety of first aid products. They also help preserve exposed wood by killing microorganisms that cause wood decay.

Clean and Soften:

Quats are found in many products we use daily. As an example, detergents contain quats to help remove soil from clothing.  Quats bind to the soil so that it can be rinsed from the fabric.  Quats are also used in fabric softeners, as well as in shampoos and conditioners.