Antiviral protection in textiles: Ensuring safety in times of pandemic
There is a time when there is a lot of talk about the contamination of diseases through viruses, it is really an incessant battle to stay away from these small beings. Antiviral protection in textiles can be a way to minimize the contamination by microorganisms.
an invisible fight
Today, society is fighting something that is not even possible to see with the naked eye, for example, SARS-CoV-2, which causes Covid-19, measures between 50nm and 200nm. To get an idea of what 1 nanometer (nm) is worth, we would need to divide 1 centimeter into ten million times!
Therefore, it is impossible to verify if any surface is contaminated with viruses, in addition, these invisible beings can stay alive for long periods of time, depending on the type of surface. According to infectologists, viruses can remain for up to 4 days in tissues.
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Protected surfaces to avoid contamination
TNS develops its products with the intention of creating protected surfaces. Technology is widely applied and there are several examples around us:
– Cell layers: our hands are the main vehicle for transmitting Coronavirus;
– Varnishes: to cover the counter of clinics and hospitals;
– Acrylics: so used to protect the worker who has contact with the public.
All these applications aim to eliminate the microorganisms quickly from the surface, in order to reduce the probability of contamination and transmission of these beings.
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Antiviral protection in textiles
By incorporating the TNS assets During the yarn and filament production process, it is possible to create textile articles with permanent antiviral protection.
Estes antiviral filaments they are transformed into fabrics and knits that bring safety to the user and can be used safely and efficiently in the most diverse applications.
In public transport, for example, there is a huge circulation of people, and thinking about the health of the public, bus covers with proven antiviral efficiency were developed. You can check out a little more about the topic by accessing the blog post: SP government launches first intercity fleet with antiviral technology.
How is it possible to develop antiviral threads?
In the example of bus covers, to create antiviral protection in textiles, the first step was the study, laboratory and industrial-scale tests of the addition of the active TNS in the polymerization of synthetic fibers.
Afterwards, the thread was woven and the first analysis carried out contemplates the safety of using that fabric widely: the possibility of skin irritation or allergies when having contact with the fabric is evaluated, and the project continues after receiving the dermatological report. tested and approved.
The fabric continues to be put to the test: through international standards, such as AATCC 100 and ISO 18184, the elimination of more than 99% of the microorganisms that are placed in contact with that treated fabric is proven. With these reports, in fact, the antiviral protection is proven.
Afterwards, the sample proceeds to washing cycles, in order to simulate the real use of that textile article and thus prove that the antiviral action remains even after several washings. There are cases where it is possible to maintain antiviral activity even after 100 cycles! Therefore, it is possible to affirm that the protection is permanent*.
Finally, TNS provides the necessary support for the creation of the marketing and dissemination campaign. To promote this antiviral protection in textiles, there is a meticulous work of choosing words and phrases, in order to bring the information in a clear and coherent way to the user. This is done jointly, between TNS and the textile industry.
How far can this protection be taken?
Protected yarns and filaments can be used in a variety of applications, such as uniforms, shoes, furniture, decorative textiles and clothing in general.
The great benefit is to offer your customer greater safety and protection when leaving and returning home, avoiding the transport of microorganisms through textile articles.
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