In the first test ever using the ISO method* on the SARS-CoV-2 virus on textiles, Polygiene ViralOff® was confirmed as the first commercial textiles treatment in the world to reduce the virus by over 99 percent over two hours.
While this comes as no surprise to the industry, it is still of enormous value to have a confirmation that the SARS-CoV-2 behaves the same as the other standard viruses tested in commercial contexts.
Finding a lab that handles this virus is difficult, as it requires a high-security level and these labs are both rare and extremely busy these days. As long as this virus is considered dangerous, it will not be available for commercial testing of specific product applications. But with these tests, it will be possible to compare commercial tests to the results on the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
“On one hand we were convinced even before the tests were back. But now we have it on paper, and that has an enormous significance for our partners and end-users. People all over the world discard or wash things every day out of the concern that the virus might be present in the textile. This takes a completely unnecessary toll on the environment”, says Ulrika Björk, CEO of Polygiene.
The purpose of treating textiles with ViralOff is not to protect the wearer from infection or make any other health claim. It is a treatment to protect the garment.
In turn, this means the garment does not have to be cleaned or disinfected. Consumers already wash clothes when it is not necessary, out of worry about odour and due to habit. Adding concerns over viruses will add to this behaviour.
Beyond the environmental effects of wearing more and washing less, some countries demand disinfection of products before being sold – a ViralOff treated garment will do that by itself continually.
“There is one virus the entire world is focused on right now, and there is one method that should be used to test on textiles. We are very proud to be the first in bringing these two together” says Trevor Saunders, Director of Global Textile Operations.
“Commercially, it changes a few things formally. We have always worked with a serious approach that anything treated with ViralOff will pass the ISO test and that we can predict the effect on viruses that are not tested directly, through our base research.
But emotionally, it, of course, is great to have the first ISO evidence of efficacy against the SARS-CoV-2, and of course, it will translate to new opportunities for us”, said Mats Georgson, CMO.
Polygiene will continue the tests across several materials as well as washing durability.
As the world leader in stay fresh and odour control technologies, Polygiene wants to change the way people view clothes - from fast consumables to durables. Treating clothes, home products and textiles to help people stay fresh, wash less and let clothes and products have a longer life.
Over 140 global premium-brands have chosen to use the Polygiene brand with their products.