HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--According to a study from researchers at De Montfort University in Leicester, United Kingdom, SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes COVID-19, lingers on fabric, like clothing or upholstery, for up to three days. The study researched three popular fabric types, polyester, polycotton and 100% cotton, highlighting the importance of preventive & immediate disinfection of clothing to prevent further transmission of COVID-19.
“Just as we have all gotten in the habit of wearing masks, washing our hands, and frequently sanitizing our homes, we also need to remember to be just as diligent with our clothing to ensure our health and that of those around us,” says Patrick Haddad, Chief Product and Technology Officer for Disinfect & Shield.
Scientists monitored the stability of the virus on the material for 72 hours. While all three fabrics still had traces of the virus after initial exposure, researchers discovered that polyester poses the highest risk for transmission of the virus, with infectious virus still present after three days that could transfer to other surfaces. On 100% cotton, the virus lasted for 24 hours, while on polycotton, the virus only survived for six hours.
One preventative, safe way to protect clothing, is with Disinfect & Shield Laundry Shield, which is proven to kill 99.99% of COVID-19 in one wash cycle, and will keep all fabrics protected for more than 60 days after the initial wash. In addition, Disinfect & Shield Laundry is a convenient ready to use formula, which sanitizes, softens, and deodorizes any machine washable fabric for up to 60 days from a single application, without risk to clothing.
“A single application of Disinfect & Shield Laundry Shield sanitizes and protects against microbial reinfection for up to 60 days, while softening all machine washable fabrics during in the process,” adds Haddad. “Guaranteed to sanitize and remove even the most unpleasant of odors, almost instantly from any machine washable fabric, consumers can take comfort in knowing that, not only are they protected from the virus, but that their clothing is being washed thoroughly too.”