At Carrington Textiles we have successfully tested our new Antiviral and Antibacterial Finish for fabrics under the ISO 18184:2019 ‘Determination of antiviral activity of textile product’ standard, a strategic move of our R&D efforts to respond to the market’s needs in a new COVID-19 world where employees of all sectors including healthcare, construction, hospitality, armed forces and heavy industry need to be more protected than ever.
Trials were run on our main scrub suit poly-cotton fabric, Alba 2, using the SanitizedⓇ branded treatment that harnesses the natural antiviral and antibacterial properties of silver.
After weeks of testing at an independent laboratory in the UK by using an enveloped virus, the results show an effectiveness rating of over 99% of the antiviral properties of the fabric which deactivates viruses in two hours. Even after 50 washes at 60°C over 98% of viruses have shown to be deactivated, meaning the protective properties of the textile will last the lifetime of the garment.
This newly tested finish delivers an antiviral fabric that is not only safe for use on face coverings, medical wear, and a wide range of workwear, but also environmentally friendly garments that -due to its best-in-class launderability and long-lasting properties- will help reduce the amount of disposable PPE that ends up in landfill.
How does it work?
This revolutionary Antiviral and Antibacterial Finish by Carrington Textiles is suitable to use on any woven fabric and works as a coating that is pressed then ‘baked’ into the fabric using specialised machines at the end of the manufacturing process.
The nature of woven materials means that their pores are too big to protect against viruses that are small enough to go through them. This finish works as a barrier that will capture viruses before they had the chance of passing through the pores of the fabric and deactivates them.
This coating also kills bacteria the same way, with the added benefit to working as a ‘built-in deodorant’ as due to its advanced technology protects against unwanted bacteria that causes unpleasant odour.
Sales Director Paul Farrell says: “Our R&D efforts to innovate and respond to the market’s needs has allowed us to have a finish available that is able to deactivate enveloped viruses and kill bacteria using technologies that are not only safe and comfortable to wear, but also offer launderability benefits without compromising performance.”