Twenty years ago, at the time of the SARS and EHS virus outbreaks, Devan Chemicals was already experimenting with the use of virus inhibitors on textiles. “At the time, nobody was interested in our product. But since the start of the COVID-19 crisis, we’ve been receiving requests nonstop from around the globe,” comments Sven Ghyselinck, CEO of Devan Chemicals.
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Devan (Flanders) develops virus-reducing textile finishing
“If you spray the product onto the fabric, virtually 100% of the virus particles are eliminated within two hours,” Ghyselinck adds. “Without the product, only 50% of the virus particles disappear after four hours. If someone coughs or sneezes, or touches the treated textile, everything is disinfected very quickly, which very useful for any kind of store that involves textiles, such as clothing and furniture shops.”
“There are two ways to treat the fabric,” Ghyselinck continues. “You can treat new textiles during production or spray the product onto fabrics that are already present in the shop, such as the curtains of fitting booths. Either the shopkeeper or a maintenance company can perform this task.”
“Once applied, the product is active for two to six months, depending on the type of fabric,” Ghyselinck goes on saying. “For instance, if you apply it to a mattress in a furniture store, where many people touch the fabric, the product will wear out faster. But if the fabric has been treated before it arrives in the shop, then the product provides a more permanent solution, lasting for up to 50 washes.”
“We get new requests for the product almost every day,” says Ghyselinck. “They come from all over the world. Within Europe, we have already sent large volumes to Spain, France and Italy, among other markets. These are the countries that have been hit hardest by the coronavirus outbreak. But we have also already delivered our product to the US and there’s also a shipment ready for China.”