Silicone rubber compounds filled with different loadings of organoclay (OC) and silver substituted zeolite (SSZ) solid fillers were prepared and cured with 2,5-dimethyl-2,5-di(tert-butylperoxy) hexane. The rubber vulcanizates contained an antimicrobial agent to protect them against Escherichia coli (E. coli ATCC 25922) and Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus ATCC 25923) bacteria. The tensile strength, elongation at break, stored energy density at break, Young's modulus, modulus at 100% elongation, cyclic fatigue life, and glass transition temperature of the rubber vulcanizates were subsequently measured. The antimicrobial performance of the rubber surfaces were determined by disk diffusion testing and plate count agar method. The antimicrobial agent had an adverse effect on the mechanical properties, but the cyclic fatigue life of the rubber vulcanizate improved. The addition of OC and SSZ could improve the tensile strength, elongation at break and stored energy density at break, but deteriorated the tear energy, Young's modulus and modulus at 100% elongation. The inclusion of the fillers was not beneficial to the antimicrobial activity of the rubber against bacteria. The HPQM in the rubber was effective more against E. coli. than against S. aureus. Furthermore, the antimicrobial activity increased when the contact time in the test solution was increased. POLYM. ENG. SCI., 54:932–941, 2014. © 2013 Society of Plastics Engineers