100% Cashmere ViralOff® Scarf
ViralOff® is an antiviral treatment added to textiles to protect the threaded article itself from contamination against viruses (like influenza A, Corona, Hepatitis).
Gives 99% reduction of viruses in 2 hours*.
It is not intended to cure or prevent diseases.
Why are we launching this product? Today we see an enormous need and demand for an antiviral effect. We think it should be used where it makes sense, and it should also provide a real, tested effect on viruses. To have that, the treatment and testing needs to be handled with the anti-viral function in focus. This new product does what it says, and we assure it.
What are the benefits?
ViralOff has a 99% reduction of viruses, in a textile or material, over two hours, according to a standard ISO18184:2019 test. When we developed ViralOff, we had two criteria we wanted to fulfill: First, we should be able to show a real antiviral effect that could be tested by a standard test. In that way, our partners can make actual and professional claims. Secondly, this treatment should be applied on products where it is relevant to have an antiviral effect. Today that englobes both products in the care segments, as well as products for the public in environments where we need additional protection.
Does it help against all viruses?
We have tested the active ingredient against Influenza A, BirdFlu, Norovirus and Corona (SARS) over the years, and in all cases, we have achieved 99% levels of reduction. What we bring with the ISO18184:2019 is a standard test for the determination of the antiviral activity of textile products in a two-hour timespan, where it has to reduce the virus by 99%, to pass. This test uses viruses of the Influenza A strain, but we can use more and other virus strains as they become available.
Can we do any healthcare claims?
No, we don’t make any health claims. This is for the protection of the treated product. If, when and how this also is beneficial for the user depends on many other things. For instance, a face mask will never stop viruses from going through it, but we can ensure viruses don’t live in and on it for long. Does this mean in any way that we can say you stay healthy? Of course not. Can we say it is a protection for the mask itself? Yes! And it will make your mask last longer too.
How long does it last?
It is a durable and always-on treatment. For best performance and sustainability, wash less and only when needed.
How does it work?
ViralOff stops viral activity through interaction with key proteins. It shows a 99% reduction of many different viruses, on a treated material, within 2 hours. It is shown by test ISO18184:2019, on two different Influenza A strains, ATCC VR-1679 (H3N2) and ATCC VR-1469 (H1N1).
What is ViralOff made of?
The active ingredient is a biocide and it is made of a reaction mass of titanium dioxide and silver chloride and the product is not nano-silver. This information is presented on the mandatory hangtags, that are provided to partners.
Can ViralOff be used next-to-skin?
Yes, it does not affect the skin as it doesn’t interfere with the skin’s natural bacterial flora.
*ISO18184:2019, ATCC VR-1679 (H3N2)
ViralOff is not intended to prevent disease, it is used for the protection of the treated product. For local marketing rules, check with your local Polygiene representative.