Silvadur™ antimicrobial is a revolutionary microbial control technology that provides long lasting freshness and reliable protection against unwanted bacteria in clothing. The Silvadur antimicrobial technology ensures that unpleasant odors, decay, and discoloration can't occur in textile fabrics because bacteria won't form or grow in the first place. Apparel enhanced with Silvadur antimicrobial stay odor-free after use, wash after wash. Finally, an antimicrobial that keeps up with your life.
How does it work?
Silvadur antimicrobial is a patented, polymer-containing silver technology that delivers silver ions using an intelligent control mechanism. When microorganisms land on, or try to form on, the surface of a fabric treated with Silvadur antimicrobial, silver ions are released resulting in microbial death. As the initial silver is consumed by this interaction, Silvadur technology releases more silver ions from the complex and the process continues. Silver ions are lethal to microbes that cause odor and material degradation. This delivery system is safe, in fact, it's the same mode of action responsible for the antimicrobial properties found in silver spoons.
Why use Silver?
Silver contains inherent antimicrobial properties. It has been a time-tested antimicrobial used since ancient times in healthcare, food preservation, and water treatment as well as other applications where effective, long-term bacterial protection is required. Silver is a leading antimicrobial due to its safety for human contact, long term efficacy and prevention of growth for a broad range of microorganisms.
How long does it last?
Silvadur is designed to stay on the fabric and remain active for more than 50 washings. Silvadur won't detach or degrade at high temperatures or in the presence of bleach and won't discolor fabrics. Silvadur is retained longer on the fabric, with the end result being a longer apparel "working life". The smart release mechanism releases silver only when it's needed, ensuring that more active silver remains bound to the surface for longer-term antimicrobial activity. The enhanced freshness that Silvadur provides means fewer washings, a benefit to the consumer and the environment.