Test results confirm that machine washing the Virustatic Shield face-covering does not affect the 99% virus protection against Covid-19 and provides additional and improved wear time options for users.
It has been proven that the trusted reusable Virustatic Shield face-covering can now be washed in a washing machine if preferred over hand washing. Latest independent test results undertaken in the laboratories at VisMederi, University of Siena, Italy, confirm that machine washing does not compromise the Virustatic Shield’s ability to capture 99% of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19.
The naturally antiviral, antibacterial and anti-pathogenic Viruferrin™️ coated Virustatic Shield face-covering now provides wearers with the choice of either washing by hand or in a washing machine. Machine wash separately at 30°C for a maximum of 30 minute with non-biological detergent. To safeguard against fabric damage, we recommend washing in a mesh laundry bag. Washing by hand is still the more environmentally-friendly wash method. The Virustatic Shield can still be hand washed five times in warm water with non-biological detergent.
There is no change to the previously communicated care instructions. These include: dry naturally, no bleaching/dyeing, do not tumble dry and do not iron. It is recommended to wash your Virustatic Shield only when it needs freshening up or when visibly soiled.
5 machine washes
30 min cycle
Wash separately in a mesh laundry wash bag
5 hand washes
How long can I wear the Virustatic Shield face-covering before washing?There is no recommended wear time for the Virustatic Shield face-covering before washing. It can be worn until you feel that it needs freshening up or is visibly soiled.
How long can I wear the Virustatic Shield face-covering in-between washes?
We do not recommend a wear time for the Virustatic Shield face-covering in-between washing. Washing is at the wearer’s discretion and the reusable face-covering can be worn until you feel that it needs freshening up or is visibly soiled.
What happens to the Virustatic Shield face-covering after it has been washed five times?
The Virustatic Shield’s Viruferrin™️ coating, in combination with the face-covering’s carefully selected fabric, has been proven to provide protection to five washes, Further testing will take place beyond five washes, we therefore currently recommend that you only follow the five wash guidelines.
If I wash the Virustatic Shield face-covering in the washing machine and I don’t use a mesh bag will it damage the product / coating?
As with other delicate garments, it is recommended that the Virustatic Shield face-covering is washed in a mesh bag. There may be a risk of damaging the fabric rather than the protective performance of the coating if a mesh bag is not used.
I have washed the Virustatic Shield face-covering with other items, does this impact the coating / shield?
We would not recommend that you wash the Virustatic Shield face-covering with other items. As with other delicate garments, we recommend washing alone.
I accidentally washed the Shield with some biological detergent / soap, is the Shield now offering no protection?
As per the user guide care instructions, we can only ensure up to 99% protection as per the washing instructions which state non-biological detergent.
Does the recommended 200 hours wear time still apply?
The latest independent test results undertaken in the laboratory at VisMederi, University of Siena, in Italy provide the wearer with the option to hand or machine wash the Virustatic Shield face-covering. We therefore do not recommend a wear time and only recommended washing when it requires freshening up or when it is visibly soiled.
Machine wash separately at 30°C for a maximum of 30 minutes with non-biological detergent. To safeguard against fabric damage, please wash in a mesh laundry bag.
Hand washing is still recommended as the more environmentally-friendly wash method. The Virustatic Shield can still be hand washed five times in warm water with non-biological detergent.Virustatic Shield User Guide (28 downloads)