All About The Technology

The FineGuard anti-viral reusable masks are made from textiles that are powered by a patented Swiss technology called Livinguard - the technology is internationally tested and certified to kill 99.9% viruses on contact.

The FineGuard masks are self-disinfecting, breathable, reusable, washable and incredibly comfortable. They are a sustainable environmentally friendly alternative, replacing the use of over 300 single-use masks.

The Livinguard technology is capable of empowering textiles, turning them into a germ-killing shields that are self-disinfecting that neutralize and destroy viruses and bacteria.

According to international testing and certifications, the masks are proven to render 99.9% of viruses, including COVID-19 and the influenza inactive on contact.

The fabric is embedded with 24 billion positive charges per square centimetre that effectively attract, trap and destroy viruses. The reusable and washable masks remain viable and safe for use for up to one year or 30 washes.

The technology is backed by research studies as well as multiple certifications and endorsements globally. The anti-viral fabric has been tested and does not contain leachable metals or chemicals that can be harmful to users or the environment. 

Global tests, endorsements and certifications include: CE certification in Europe, physicians of the Medical Wellness Association based in the United States, the Swiss Federal Institute of NBC Protection, TÜV Sud, Hohenstein Institute, NSF International, Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Research & Technology, Swiss Quality Testing Services, Product Safety Laboratories in New York, Department of Environmental Science at the University of Arizona, International Down & Feather Laboratory, TÜV Rheinland Certification in Jordan, Register of Therapeutic Goods Certificate in Australia and New Zealand, Freie Universität Berlin Certification in Germany, University of Arizona and Nelson Labs Testing Certification in the United States, HygCen Austria GmbH Testing Certification in Austria. The technology is also under application with the US Environmental Protection Agency as the world’s first self-disinfecting textile technology.

 

The actual science behind the technology:

The inactivation mechanism of viruses is based on the distortion of the protein capsid by adsorption of negatively charged proteins to the positively charged surface, leading to the release of non-infectious RNA.

Tests have shown that after multiple rinses or washes, the treated material (specifically textiles as tested so far) maintains its properties without leaching. This lack of leaching is the underlying reason why the antimicrobial performance is so durable as well as why it is safe for skin contact.

 

How It Works:

Livinguard Virus Inactivation Process

Step 1: Capture

Textiles treated with Livinguard have ~24 billion charges per square centimeter. The positive charge outside layer of mask hooks/ arrests the negatively charged bacteria and viruses. Upon contact, these microbes attach themselves to the textile. 

Step 2: Destroy

The positively charged “magnet” is more powerful than the negative charge of the microbes. The microbes give up and explode. The bacterial and yeast cell walls and the viral protein capsids or envelopes are disrupted, and the now harmless insides leak out and disintegrate.

Step 3: Repeat

Once the microbes are destroyed, they have no charge left. They fall off or can be washed off. Once the space they occupied on the material opens up, the charges they attached to are freed. The material continues working with this revolutionary kill power of breadth (variety of germs), efficacy (number of germs), speed, and durability.

 

5 Years of Testing & Development:

Livinguard antiviral technology has been successfully tested over the course of 5 years across different applications. The technology is not a coating that is applied to the fabric. It is a patent technology that binds a range of cationic compounds to textiles. The technology is incorporated into the fabric by means of a process that is similar to coloring or dyeing. 

After conducting more than 65,000 experiments and filing more than 100 patents, the technology developer has come up with a solution that is a global game changer. The principle underlying the technology is the ability of polycationic surfaces to inactivate microorganisms including bacteria, viruses, and several types of fungi, and to do so without leaching.

Testing by the Swiss Federal Institute for NBC Protection and NSF International, among other labs, has shown inactivation of Influenza A Virus, Yellow Fever Virus, Rota Virus, Polio Virus, MS2 phage, and FR coliphage. Antiviral performance is >99.9% on average and even up to >99.9999% in some cases, with unparalleled speed of inactivation, as well as durability of performance.

Testing under the supervision of Dr. Charles Gerba at the Department of Environmental Science at the University of Arizona has recently demonstrated a >99% inactivation rate of HCoV-229E on the textiles used in FineGuard masks as per the ISO 18184 protocol. This is widely accepted as being representative of performance against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the COVID-19 infection. Performance is anticipated to be even more powerful, for which further testing is ongoing.

Note that since viruses are technically not “living” organisms outside of a host, they cannot be “killed”. They are inactivated and rendered harmless.

The technology used in FineGuard products has been globally certified and endorsed following successful tested by a number of international laboratories. Including: the Swiss Federal Institute of NBC Protection, TÜV Sud, TUV TÜV Rheinland, Hohenstein Institute, NSF International, Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Research & Technology, Swiss Quality Testing Services, Product Safety Laboratories in New York, Department of Environmental Science at the University of Arizona, International Down & Feather Laboratory, and others. It is currently under application with the US Environmental Protection Agency as the world’s first self-disinfecting textile technology.

Safe for skin contact and children:

The textile used in the FineGuard masks passed extensive skin safety testing at Product Safety Labs in New York per US EPA standards and at Hohenstein Institute in Germany per European standards.