All about BioSmart™ technology

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Given the current situation with COVID-19, the STEPHAN/H team has mobilized its work force to design non-medical protective masks and lab coats. Thanks to our high quality standards and high-end materials, we have developed protective garments and products with the BioSmartTM antimicrobial technology. So here is what you need to know about BioSmartTM technology.

What is BioSmartTM technology?

BioSmartTM antimicrobial technology is used in fabrics such as medical garments and products. During a laundry cycle, the technology is activated with chlorine bleach. Viruses and bacteria are automatically killed when they come into contact with the activated technology.

How does BioSmartTM technology work?
  • Items must be laundered using chlorine bleach to bind the chlorine to the surface of the fabric.
  • When bacteria and viruses come into contact with the fabric, the latter releases chlorine to kill them.
  • Items with this technology must be laundered using chlorine bleach prior to first use and after each use. When BioSmartTM technology is activated, it provides protection against viruses and bacteria. This is durable for at least 75 industrial launderings.

Laboratory tested

BioSmartTM antimicrobial technology has been tested in the laboratory and is proven to kill 99.9% of many common viruses and bacteria, such as Escherichia coli, Hepatitis A, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Salmonella choleraesuis and Staphylococcus aureus, when it is activated with chlorine bleach. The level of particle filtration efficiency has also been tested at least at 83.7%.

Care instructions

Prior to first use and after each use, garments and products with BioSmart™ technology must be laundered with an EPA-registered chlorine bleach. This will allow the fabric to be initially charged with chlorine and recharged with each laundering.

Below are the laundering procedures

Residential laundering

  • Use chlorine bleach and not a colour-safe bleach; the latter will not be effective. It is important to follow the amounts recommended on the label of the bleach product.
  • Use the regular wash cycle and make sure that you include the rinse step. Once the laundry cycle is complete, the items should not smell of chlorine, because the latter is bound to the fabric.
  • Dry items in the clothes drier, hang to air dry or other. You can dry the fabric in several ways without affecting performance.
  • Note that items with BioSmartTM technology can be laundered more than 75 times.

Industrial laundering

  • Use 50-200 ppm concentration of EPA-registered chlorine bleach. Please still check with your detergent supplier to confirm the amount to use in a laundry cycle.
  • Follow the usual steps for laundering with bleach and rinsing. If you use an “anti-chlorine” rinse, the BioSmartTM technology will still retain the chlorine. Once the laundry cycle is complete, the items should not smell of chlorine, because the latter is bound to the fabric.
  • Dry items in the clothes drier, hang to air dry or other. You can dry the fabric in several ways without affecting performance.
  • Note that items with BioSmartTM technology can be laundered at least 75 times.

Now that you know everything about BioSmartTM antimicrobial technology, you can discover our protective garments and products signed STEPHAN/H!

Note: Although our lab coats and masks are equipped with BioSmart™ technology to prevent the spread of COVID-19, it is still important to respect the safety and health measures established by the government.