Polygiene ViralOff® IS
Polygiene ViralOff® is a textile treatment based on an active ingredient that offers the textile a self-cleaning effect with respect to micro-organisms, resulting in a textile that requires less washing. The active ingredient is the biocide silver chloride.
Polygiene ViralOff® is a textile treatment that is applied on to a fabric and can be used on any material. The active ingredient in ViralOff® reduces viruses (for example SARS-CoV-2, H3N2 and H1N1) by 99% in two hours on the surface of the treated textile.
*99% reduction of tested viruses by Polygiene ViralOff® technology is tested according to ISO18184:2019. Viruses tested are SARS-CoV-2, H3N2, H1N1. Test results available on request.
Polygiene ViralOff® is NOT
Polygiene ViralOff® is not a medical device. ViralOff® protects the treated material and not its user. This must be carefully considered when communicating the benefits off ViralOff®. ViralOff® only protects the treated material, therefore it cannot protect the wearer from infection or prevent a disease.
Permissible statements when advertising products treated with Polygiene ViralOff
When communicating the benefits of Polygiene ViralOff®, care must be taken that the function of the biocide is not emphasized (such as "antiviral"), but that the biocidal property, "self-cleaning with respect to micro-organisms", is taken into account. It must be made clear that the treatment with Polygiene ViralOff® is in addition to the actual use of the product. An example of this would be: "The Mouth and Nose Protector is additionally equipped with the Polygiene ViralOff® technology".
To describe the mode of action of ViralOff®, the following statements may be made. However, it should be noted that these may not be highlighted (e.g. in headlines or as headers of an advertisement) or used repeatedly, and only in connection with the active ingredient Polygiene ViralOff®:
- Polygiene ViralOff® reduces viruses* by 99% in two hours on the treated textile.
*tested according to ISO18184:2019 for SARS-CoV-2, H3N2, H1N1.
- Textiles treated with Polygiene ViralOff® do not need to be washed due to the self-cleaning properties, which in turn contributes to a reduced environmental footprint. The textile can be left for two hours for self-cleaning. Afterwards the product is ready for use again.
- For optimal efficacy and sustainability, the product should not be machine washed when soiled, but rather wiped with a damp cloth or hand washed. This ensures that the function is retained.
- The silver technology in Polygiene ViralOff® has a particle size that is more than 10 times larger than nano silver and is safe to use in treated articles intended for direct and indirect contact with human skin. In that use it will not have an effect on the natural bacterial flora of the skin. Polygiene ViralOff® is not a nano particle.
Textiles treated with Polygiene ViralOff® do not need to be washed due to its self-cleaning properties with respect to micro-organisms, which in turn reduces the environmental footprint. We recommend washing the product only in case of heavy contamination. With the ViralOff® treatment the product is hygienic and can be washed less, or at least less often.
Washing causes more tear and wear on the product. The prolonged life cycle of textiles contributes to the protection of the environment as they rely on less CO2, chemicals, energy and water.