The Livinguard technology has been proven to destroy> 99.9% of Harmful Viruses.
“The textiles in these masks can permanently inactivate viruses and thus make using maskers considerably safer.” sagt Professor Uwe Rösler from the Free University of Berlin. “In addition, even after suffering from the pandemic, these textiles can help to reduce hygienic sources of danger in other areas of life and medicine.
What is the Livinguard technology and why does it work against viruses?
Step 1: Capture
Support materials, such as. B. Textiles that have been treated with Livinguard have around 24 billion charges per square centimeter. They act like a magnet for viruses and bacteria. The Livinguard treatment creates a positive “magnet” for the negatively charged viruses and bacteria. Upon contact, these microorganisms attach to the tissue. This step is known as trapping or "adsorption".
Step 2: Destroy
The positively charged “magnet” is stronger than the negative charge of the microorganisms, so that they give way and burst. The cell walls of bacteria and yeasts and the protein capsules or shells of viruses are destroyed and their now harmless contents escape and decompose.
Step 3: Repeat
When the microorganisms are destroyed, they lose their charge. They fall off the fabric or can be washed off. As soon as they leave their place on the material, they also release the charges to which they previously adhered. The material retains its revolutionary effect and continues to kill with the same breadth (variety of germs), effectiveness (number of germs), speed and persistence.
How does the technology work from a scientific point of view?
Our technologies are based on the ability of polycationic surfaces to deactivate microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses and certain types of fungus, which does not decrease even with repeated washing.
This principle has been described in scientific literature for a good 20 years. So far, however, its understanding and practical application has been limited. Livinguard has now made use of it to develop and patent an approach that represents a paradigm shift compared to conventional approaches:
- Various methods of binding a range of cationic compounds to textiles and other surfaces.
- A portfolio of optimized chemical processes for inactivating bacteria and viruses without the use of conventional metallic-based antimicrobials such as silver, copper, zinc etc.
- Process to combine these with other properties such as water repellency, hydrophilicity, etc.
According to the scientific literature, the mechanism for virus inactivation is likely to be based on the destruction of the protein capsule by adsorbing negatively charged proteins onto the positively charged surface, ultimately leading to the release of non-infectious RNA.
Studies have shown that the treated material (especially the textiles tested so far) retains its properties even after repeated rinsing or washing. The fact that the antimicrobial effect does not wash off is the main reason for its long-term durability and good skin tolerance.
How do you know that Livinguard technology works against the harmful viruses?
We have a number of different solutions for different types of substrates and use cases. Our EFM-7 solution has been successfully tested against all major sorts of viruses in combination with the fabrics we use for face masks. It is based on the same technology that is used in our entire range of antiviral technologies.
The effect of this basic technology is to catch and eliminate the harmful viruses that hit textiles treated with Livinguard. When tested according to ISO standard 18184, the EFM-7 solution in combination with the fabrics we use for face masks (as well as some other fabrics) showed a 99 percent reduction in viruses.
ISO 18184 is the most important international standard for testing the antiviral activity of textiles. It stipulates that the textiles must be washed ten times and then tested within two hours of contact with the virus. This protocol was not changed by the examiners. According to the protocol, the test must be completed within two hours, as the speed of the activity is crucial. However, these two hours are needed so that there is sufficient contact between viruses and textiles. The ten washes prescribed in the protocol before the test are intended to ensure the continuity of the activity and exclude a possible antiviral effect due to released chemicals.
In tests by several independent, renowned laboratories with other applications and test methods, our technology showed even greater effectiveness against various microorganisms within five minutes and after 50 washes. We are not aware of any reliable methods of demonstrating effectiveness in less than five minutes, and we have not tested the fabrics after more than 50 washes. All information on our products is based directly on the examination of the respective product.
Is the technology Certified?
There is basically no applicable certification for the technology itself. However, you will find information on their certification on our info page for the face masks.
Does the Livinguard face mask prevent from harmful viruses?
Scientific tests have shown that the textiles in the Livinguard face mask treated with Livinguard technology neutralize 99.99% of harmful viruses. This protection is retained even after repeated wearing and washing if the mask is used as recommended.
However, the use of a Livinguard face mask is not a substitute for careful personal hygiene measures as recommended by the responsible authorities. In addition, it cannot prevent infection if it is not worn or if the virus gets into the airways in some other way, such as through cross-contamination through the person's hand.
How does the Livinguard face mask
protect against the harmful viruses?
The Livinguard face mask offers both the wearer and the people around him a multilayered barrier protection. Please also read the section entitled "How it works" on our information page about the face mask.
How much better does the Livinguard mask protect against the harmful viruses than any normal mask?
A traditional N95 or FFP2 mask filters out droplets and particles that could contain the harmful virus. The Livinguard mask also has such a standardized filter, but provides additional protection by destroying over 99% of the harmful viruses on each layer surrounding the filter. More testing is ongoing, but this suggests more than 99.99% inactivation beyond the standard filtering.
How safe is it to wear the Livinguard face mask?
Nelson Labs checked our documentation and came to the preliminary conclusion that the masks can be safely worn during the current crisis. They will do more testing to confirm this conclusion.
Is the Livinguard technology only suitable for face masks?
No, we will soon be launching comfortable, washable cotton gloves and sanitary wipes with the same permanently self-disinfecting, antiviral technology as our face masks. Our technology is already being used in monthly hygiene products, water filters and baking textiles and is in the pilot phase for commercial use in air conditioning filters. Please note, however, that our solutions differ in detail and the effect against harmful viruses is therefore not guaranteed for all solutions.
We are currently in discussions about licensing our technology to leading international manufacturers of consumer products, air cleaning solutions, medical devices and protective equipment, as well as other product categories listed on our homepage.