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Polygiene launches improved ViralOff technology with lifetime washability of treated garments


polyginePolygiene launches its advanced version of ViralOff®, with lifetime washability of treated garments [1] while maintaining the effect against SARS-CoV-2 – a reduction of more than 99% of viruses in the material within two hours [2]. This also results in products that last longer, which means a reduced environmental impact. The new version is already used by a number of partners and will be available in large volumes in January 2021.

“There has been some confusion in the market regarding washability claims that are incorrectly based on tests that are not antiviral, but antibacterial. We have therefore developed a treatment that gives an antiviral effect according to the global test standard ISO18184: 2019 (Determination of antiviral activity in textile products) and really fulfills the antimicrobial and antiviral claims that we make “, says Daniel Röme, Chief Technology Innovation Officer at Polygiene.

“There has been great demand from the fashion and lifestyle sector for an improved version of Polygiene ViralOff that has washability throughout the life of the garment while maintaining a large reduction in viruses. As the pandemic now develops, there seems to be a consensus that antimicrobial materials will be the ‘new normal’ in the future, in various products such as clothes, bags, items you often take in, cleaning products, home products and more. This is regardless of the vaccines that are being developed, which we hope will stop or slow down this global pandemic. I believe that this function will be valued by many people, when the world reopens “, concludes Ulrika Björk, CEO of Polygiene.

Polygiene ViralOff is an antimicrobial treatment for textiles and other products that protects the treated product from bacterial and viral contamination. It is not intended to cure or prevent disease.

1 The definition of lifetime washability is 30 washes.

2 Polygiene ViralOff® reduces tested viruses by more than 99% on the material within two hours according to the international test standard ISO18184: 2019 on SARS-CoV-2. Wash according to the standard BS EN ISO 105 – C08 (polyester).