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Our fabric

Breakthrough technology

About Virkill

VIRKILL is the first fabric made with copper nanoparticles that provide an intrinsic antiviral and antibacterial activity over 99.9%.

This new technology is based on copper nanoparticles incorporated into the polymers used to produce the yarn, so it is different from a simple surface finishing that deteriorates over time after washing. This feature guarantees an intrinsic antiviral and antibacterial activity and a duration of efficacy even after more than 100 washes.

VIRKILL is designed and manufactured in Italy. Our textile company is located inside Lake Como textile district and has been active for more than 70 years in the design and production of fabrics, always being innovation and research oriented. High quality standards and cutting-edge technological processes are accompanied by the highest levels of environmental and social sustainability.

Our goal

VIRKILL’s goal is to guarantee a continuous protection to the person who is using it: this aim is pursued by eliminating the transmission of the virus through contaminated surfaces. Based on information from authoritative journals, we know that SARS-Cov-2, like many other viruses, remains active for hours outside the body, on surfaces and fabrics. In case virus particles settle on clothes or items made with our fabric, they will be deactivated thanks to VIRKILL.

Regarding the sustainable side of the fabric, our project aims at the gradual elimination of all disposable accessories and garments that are currently disposed daily, and which are a source of environmental pollution. VIRKILL would allow the reuse of the garment and, at the same time, an antiviral and antibacterial protection without the need for daily replacement.

Health benefits of copper

The ancient Greeks were the first to discover the sanitizing power of copper thousands of years ago. Since then, copper has been used as a biocide by Celts, Hindus, American pioneers, and Japanese, as well as by inhabitants of Africa and Asia, for treating sores and skin diseases.

Today, soluble copper compounds are used as bactericides in paints to render surfaces self-disinfecting, on ship hulls to decrease friction by reducing barnacle accumulation and microbial biofilm formation, in hospital water pumps to control Legionella in water distribution systems, and in agriculture as an algaecide, fungicide or molluscicide.

Copper has also been shown to inactivate a variety of enveloped and nonenveloped viruses, such as bacteriophages, bronchitis virus, poliovirus, herpes simplex virus and HIV-1.

Antiviral

VIRKILL is tested against SARS-CoV-2 virus (responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic). Test has certified that the Mv value (antiviral activity) is equal to 3.25, corresponding to an inactivation of the virus over 99.9%.

Antibacterial

VIRKILL is also tested against both Gram-negative bacteria (Klebsiella pneumoniae) and Gram-positive bacteria (Staphylococcus aureus), proving an exceptional antibacterial activity (100 % bacterial reduction).

Washing resistance

VIRKILL’s antiviral and antibacterial properties are long-lasting as they are not obtained through a surface finishing of the fabric, that could deteriorate over time after washing. These features are in fact due to copper nanoparticles incorporated into the fabric. VIRKILL’s efficacy is certified even after more than 100 washes.

Dermatologically tested

VIRKILL is dermatologically tested, it is not irritant and guarantees dermal compatibility on subjects with sensitive skin.

Customizable

VIRKILL can be dyed in many colours and manufactured as jacquard fabric so that can be customized with any logo or pattern requested: we can realize also full-width patterns.

Strengths

Efficacy and safety

Strengths

Efficacy and safety

Antiviral

VIRKILL is tested against SARS-CoV-2 virus (responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic). Test has certified that the Mv value (antiviral activity) is equal to 3.25, corresponding to an inactivation of the virus over 99.9%.

Antibacterial

VIRKILL is also tested against both Gram-negative bacteria (Klebsiella pneumoniae) and Gram-positive bacteria (Staphylococcus aureus), proving an exceptional antibacterial activity (100 % bacterial reduction).

Washing resistance

VIRKILL’s antiviral and antibacterial properties are long-lasting as they are not obtained through a surface finishing of the fabric, that could deteriorate over time after washing. These features are in fact due to copper nanoparticles incorporated into the fabric. VIRKILL’s efficacy is certified even after more than 100 washes.

Dermatologically tested

VIRKILL is dermatologically tested, it is not irritant and guarantees dermal compatibility on subjects with sensitive skin.

Customizable

VIRKILL can be dyed in many colours and manufactured as jacquard fabric so that can be customized with any logo or pattern requested: we can realize also full-width patterns.

Certifications

Maximum protection against virus and bacteria

Antiviral

VIRKILL is tested according to ISO 18184:2019 International Standard for the determination of its antiviral activity against SARS-CoV-2 virus (responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic): test has certified that the Mv value (antiviral activity) is equal to 3.25, corresponding to an inactivation of virus over 99.9%.

Antibacterial

VIRKILL is tested according to UNI EN ISO 20743: 2013 International Standard for the determination of its antibacterial activity: test has certified an exceptional antibacterial activity against both Gram-negative bacteria (antibacterial activity A > 7.0 against Klebsiella pneumoniae, 100 % bacterial reduction) and Gram-positive bacteria (antibacterial activity A > 6.6 against Staphylococcus aureus, 100 % bacterial reduction).

Washing resistance

VIRKILL’s antiviral and antibacterial properties are long-lasting as copper nanoparticles that provide these characteristics have been incorporated inside the polymer that is used to produce the yarn, from which the fabric is made. This feature, which is completely different from a simple surface finishing, guarantees a certified efficacy even after more than 100 washes.

Breathable

VIRKILL is tested according to UNI EN ISO 11092:2014 International Standard for the determination of the breathability of a fabric through the “Resistance to Evaporative Heat Transfer” (RET). Test results have certified RET values between 5 m2Pa/W and 6 m2Pa/W, values that indicate an extremely breathable fabric, comfortable during intense activity.

Dermatologically tested

VIRKILL has passed the patch test for the assessment of dermal compatibility (irritant potential) with skin contact, resulting “Dermatologically tested, suitable for subjects with sensitive skin”.

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Hypoallergenic

VIRKILL has passed the skin sensitization test for the assessment of the sensitizing potential resulting “non-sensitizing”, thus minimizing the risk of allergies. It does not show any stimulating potential on the immune cellular response mediated by monocytes/macrophages.

Anti-dust mite

VIRKILL is tested according to the French standard NF G39-011 for the determination of the acaricidal efficacy of a textile against house dust mites. Test results show 63% average inhibition of a mite population (Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus) over a period of 6 weeks.

Antiviral

VIRKILL is tested according to ISO 18184:2019 International Standard for the determination of its antiviral activity against SARS-CoV-2 virus (responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic): test has certified that the Mv value (antiviral activity) is equal to 3.25, corresponding to an inactivation of virus over 99.9%.

Antibacterial

VIRKILL is tested according to UNI EN ISO 20743: 2013 International Standard for the determination of its antibacterial activity: test has certified an exceptional antibacterial activity against both Gram-negative bacteria (antibacterial activity A > 7.0 against Klebsiella pneumoniae, 100 % bacterial reduction) and Gram-positive bacteria (antibacterial activity A > 6.6 against Staphylococcus aureus, 100 % bacterial reduction).

Washing resistance

VIRKILL’s antiviral and antibacterial properties are long-lasting as copper nanoparticles that provide these characteristics have been incorporated inside the polymer that is used to produce the yarn, from which the fabric is made. This feature, which is completely different from a simple surface finishing, guarantees a certified efficacy even after more than 100 washes.

Breathable

VIRKILL is tested according to UNI EN ISO 11092:2014 International Standard for the determination of the breathability of a fabric through the “Resistance to Evaporative Heat Transfer” (RET). Test results have certified RET values between 5 m2Pa/W and 6 m2Pa/W, values that indicate an extremely breathable fabric, comfortable during intense activity.

Dermatologically tested

VIRKILL has passed the patch test for the assessment of dermal compatibility (irritant potential) with skin contact, resulting “Dermatologically tested, suitable for subjects with sensitive skin”.

Hypoallergenic

VIRKILL has passed the skin sensitization test for the assessment of the sensitizing potential resulting “non-sensitizing”, thus minimizing the risk of allergies. It does not show any stimulating potential on the immune cellular response mediated by monocytes/macrophages.

Anti-dust mite

VIRKILL is tested according to the French standard NF G39-011 for the determination of the acaricidal efficacy of a textile against house dust mites. Test results show 63% average inhibition of a mite population (Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus) over a period of 6 weeks.

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Versatility of use

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