VIRALOFF TEXTILE TREATMENT TECHNOLOGY
Polygiene ViralOff is a brand for a treatment of textiles and other products that reduces tested viruses by 99% in two hours*
In the times of the novel Coronavirus, we see an enormous need for treatment with antiviral properties. Polygiene once started in the care segment during the fight against SARS in 2004. Thanks to our background, we could go through the necessary techniques, skills, methods, and processes needed to prepare for the launch of the brand Polygiene ViralOff® – textile treatment technology.
ViralOff is the answer to an acute situation, but it will also be a more longterm solution that enhances the hygiene and protection factor on a number of products even when the Covid-19 pandemic has settled down. There are strong indications that antimicrobial wear will be the new normal in numerous applications, going forward.
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QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
What are the benefits?
ViralOff® is proven to reduce tested viruses* by over 99% on the material in two hours as per international standard ISO18184:2019 (SARS-CoV-2, H3N2, H1N1). When we developed ViralOff, we had two criteria we wanted to fulfill: First, we should be able to show a real antiviral effect that could be tested by a standard test. In that way, our partners can make actual and professional claims. Secondly, this treatment should be applied on products where it is relevant to have an antiviral effect. Today that englobes both products in the care segments, as well as products for the public in environments where we need additional protection.
Does it help against all viruses?
We have tested the active ingredient against Influenza A, BirdFlu, Norovirus and Corona (SARS) over the years, and in all cases, we have achieved 99% levels of reduction. What we bring with the ISO18184:2019 is a standard test for the determination of the antiviral activity of textile products in a two-hour timespan, where it has to reduce the virus by 99%, to pass. This test uses viruses of the Influenza A strain, but we can use more and other virus strains as they become available.
How long does it last?
It is a durable and always-on treatment. Let the product rest for two hours and it is good to go again. For best performance and sustainability, wash less, only when needed.
How does it work?
ViralOff shows a 99% reduction of many different viruses, on a treated material, within 2 hours. It is shown by test ISO18184:2019, on two different Influenza A strains, ATCC VR-1679 (H3N2) and ATCC VR-1469 (H1N1), also on SARS-CoV-2.
Can ViralOff be used next-to-skin?
Yes, it does not affect the skin as it doesn’t interfere with the skin’s natural bacterial flora.
How is it applied?
Normally, it is applied to the fabric at the finishing stage of production. As several treatments can be simultaneously applied, no additional water or energy is needed and the impact on the environment is reduced.
Where is it produced?
The ingredient chemistry is manufactured in the EU with minimal use of resources and following strict environmental regulations.
Does it have any environmental certifications?
The product is certified by Oeko-tex® Eco Passports and in the process of being certified by bluesign®.
What is ViralOff made of?
The active ingredient is a biocide: silver chloride and the product is not nano-silver. This information is presented on the mandatory hangtags, that are provided to partners.
In which products can it be used?
It can be used in almost any wearable product, which ranges from personal protection equipment and scrubs for healthcare workers, doctors, nurses as well as first responders wear, to products for consumers where an antiviral functionality is relevant, such as gloves and facemasks, as well as bed sheets and even furniture and handheld devices. An added advantage will be that these products also can be used longer.
Can we do any healthcare claims?
No, we don’t make any health claims. This is for the protection of the treated product. If, when and how this also is beneficial for the user depends on many other things. For instance, a face mask will never stop viruses from going through it, but we can ensure viruses don’t live in and on it for long. Does this mean in any way that we can say you stay healthy? Of course not. Can we say it is a protection for the mask itself? Yes! And it will make your mask last longer too.
*ISO18184:2019 (SARS-CoV-2, H3N2, H1N1)
ViralOff is not intended to prevent disease, it is used for the protection of the treated product. For local marketing rules, check with your local Polygiene representative.
VIRALOFF PRODUCTS AND BRANDS WITH VIRALOFF TREATMENT
Polygiene can already present a number of products with the ViralOff functionality for the care segment as well as for the public. It is both the answer to an acute situation but also a more long-term solution to the need of antimicrobial wear. See below several partners who producing facemasks for the public with this added functionality.