Your Guide to Advanced Hygienic Protection
Welcome to the Viroclean® FAQ page, your comprehensive source for understanding our cutting-edge Viroclean® technology applied to our mattresses and toppers. Here, we delve into the most common queries about Viroclean®'s effectiveness, usage, and benefits. Discover how our innovative technology enhances hygiene by neutralizing harmful pathogens, including viruses and bacteria, and learn how Viroclean® can transform your living spaces into safer, healthier environments. Whether you're curious about the science behind Viroclean®, its application in everyday products, or its impact on health and wellness, our FAQ page is here to provide clear, detailed answers.
Table of Contents:
- Testing and Verification of Fabric Treatment's Effectiveness Against Viruses
- Antiviral Fabric Treatment
- Mould Concerns and Viroclean® Efficacy in Mattresses
- OEKO-TEX® standard
- Understanding SARS and H1N1 Flu
1. Testing and Verification of Fabric Treatment's Effectiveness Against Viruses
Here's a clear breakdown showing which certifications target specific properties and pathogens, including enveloped viruses like SARS-COV-2, influenza, H1N1, and issues like malodours, mildew, and mould:
Viroclean® Treatment (CAS 27668-52-6)
- Targets: Enveloped viruses (such as SARS-COV-2, influenza, H1N1), malodours, mildew, and mould.
- Function: Provides the fabric with antibacterial and antiviral properties, effectively reducing the presence and impact of these pathogens and issues.
Certification: ASTM E2149 - Anti-Bacterial Properties
- Targets: Bacteria that cause malodours, mildew, and mould.
- Function: Demonstrates the fabric's ability to inhibit bacterial growth, thereby reducing the risk of malodours, mildew, and mould development.
- Results: Viroclean® 100% PES shows a 98.43% reduction in bacteria after 1 hour, indicating high antibacterial effectiveness.
Certification: ISO 18184 - Virus Reducing Properties
- Targets: Enveloped viruses such as SARS-COV-2 (Coronavirus), influenza, H1N1 (swine flu).
- Function: Assesses the fabric's effectiveness in reducing the activity of viruses on its surface.
- Results: Viroclean® 100% PES shows a viral reduction of 90.63% after 2 hours and 97.91% after 4 hours, confirming its efficacy against these viruses.
Each certification and the ViroClean treatment play a specific role in ensuring the fabric's effectiveness against a range of pathogens and issues, making it a comprehensive solution for maintaining hygiene and safety in mattress fabrics.
2. Antiviral Fabric Treatment
Q: How long does the virus-neutralising treatment last on the fabric?
A: The effectiveness of virus-neutralising treatment on fabric generally lasts for the fabric's lifespan under normal conditions, though it can diminish with excessive or improper washing.
Q: Can the fabric still neutralise viruses after being washed?
A: Yes, Viroclean® fabrics maintain their protective and hygienic qualities for up to five washes at a temperature of 60°C.
Q: How was the fabric treatment tested and verified for its effectiveness against these viruses?
A: The effectiveness of the fabric treatment against viruses was rigorously tested and verified through a series of standardized tests in accordance with international testing protocols.
Specifically, the treatment underwent testing for its antiviral properties following the ISO 18184 standard, which is a recognized method for determining the antiviral activity of textile products. This involved exposing the treated fabric to enveloped viruses such as SARS-COV-2 (Coronavirus), influenza, and H1N1 (swine flu), and then measuring the reduction in viral activity over time.
The results showed a significant reduction in viral activity, with a 90.63% reduction after 2 hours and a 97.91% reduction after 4 hours of contact time. Additionally, the fabric's antibacterial properties were tested as per the ASTM E2149 standard, which evaluates the antimicrobial activity of textiles under dynamic contact conditions.
These tests, conducted by certified laboratories, confirm the fabric treatment's effectiveness in reducing the presence and activity of these viruses, ensuring a high level of protection and safety.
Q: Is the fabric treatment safe for use in products for children or sensitive skin?
A: Yes, the safety for children and sensitive skin is often due to compliance with standards like OEKO-TEX®, which ensures the treatment is free from harmful substances.
Q: Does the treatment alter the feel, breathability, or appearance of the fabric?
A: No, the virus-neutralising treatment does not alter the fabric's feel, breathability, or appearance.
3. Mould Concerns and Viroclean® Efficacy in Mattresses
Q: How do mould and odour resistance benefit mattresses and toppers in caravans during off-seasons?
A: Mould and odour resistance in mattresses and toppers are crucial for maintaining their freshness and hygiene, especially in closed, off-season caravans. This prevents mould growth and eliminates musty odours, ensuring a pleasant sleeping environment.
Q: Are there any health benefits to using mould and odour-resistant mattresses and toppers in caravans?
A: Yes, these features help in preventing the build-up of allergens and bacteria, reducing the risk of respiratory issues and skin irritation, thereby promoting a healthier sleep space.
Q: How does ASTM E2149 standard support the effectiveness of mould resistance in mattresses and toppers?
A: The ASTM E2149 standard assesses the antimicrobial efficacy of treatments used in mattresses and toppers, ensuring their ability to resist mould growth, thus maintaining hygiene and extending the lifespan of the products.
4. OEKO-TEX® standard
Q: What are OEKO-TEX® standards and how do they ensure ecological and human safety?
A: OEKO-TEX® standards are a series of rigorous testing and certification processes that ensure textiles are free from harmful substances. By meeting these standards, products like our Viroclean® mattresses and toppers demonstrate their safety for human health and ecological impact, ensuring they are non-toxic and environmentally friendly.
5. Understanding SARS and H1N1 Flu
Q: What is SARS and How Does it Affect Human Health?
A: SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) is a viral respiratory illness caused by a coronavirus. It affects human health by causing symptoms like fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, and can lead to severe respiratory distress.
Q: What is the H1N1 Flu, and How Does it Differ from Seasonal Influenza?
A: H1N1 flu, or swine flu, is a strain of influenza virus. It differs from seasonal influenza in its genetic makeup and can cause more severe illness. It often leads to higher infection rates in younger populations compared to seasonal flu, which more commonly affects the elderly.
Q: How Does Viroclean® Combat Viruses Like SARS and H1N1 Flu?
A: Viroclean® is designed with advanced technology that neutralizes viruses like SARS and H1N1 flu on contact with the treated fabric. It disrupts the viral structure or inhibits its ability to replicate, thereby reducing the risk of viral transmission and enhancing safety in products like mattresses and toppers.