IM ViroBac is a unique copper-integrated fabric, developed to reduce microbial threats on touch surfaces within a commercial environment. The fabric is suitable for a wide range of commercial applications, such as seating on public transport, bedding used for medical facilities or uniforms for hospitality.
Assists in Reducing Threats from Viruses and Bacteria
Commercial and Personal Applications
Constantly Effective Copper Ions
Custom Colors for Larger Orders
The fabric is both versatile and durable, promising years of effective usage even under rigorous commercial applications. Wash tests on the fabric indicate negligible loss of copper ions after 40 washes.
How can IM ViroBac help my business?
IM ViroBac helps in maintaining a safe and clean environment along with standard cleaning and hygiene procedures. The fabric can help to reduce the risk of viral and bacterial transmission via surface contact. Rather than act as a source of contamination, surfaces covered by IM ViroBac fabric can instead play a more protective role.
The antiviral efficacy of IM ViroBac fabric has been confirmed through tests performed by an independent EPA and FDA regulated laboratory.
Tested on Human Coronavirus 229E
Destroys 97.5% of the Virus Within 30 minutes
4 Way Stretch Nylon and Elastane
Versatile and Durable
Developed for Commercial or Personal Use
If you’re interested in using the IM ViroBac fabric for your textiles company or for a special project please get in touch.
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How IM ViroBac Works
The secret ingredient in the IM ViroBac fabric is its copper-integration. Copper is effective against microbes because it releases positively charged ions that act very quickly to destroy both DNA and RNA. Ultimately, copper ensures microbes are continuously attacked and killed — and quickly. Giving the virus no chance to adapt and develop any resistance that would make copper less effective against it in the future. The scientists who looked at copper’s defenses against the coronavirus 229E discovered that after exposure to copper some of the virus particles were smaller, less rigid and folded up on themselves.*
*Warnes, S.L., Little Z.R., Keevil, C.W. Human Coronavirus 229E Remains Infectious on Common Touch Surface Materials, MBio, 2015 Nov-Dec; 6(6): e01697-15
Commercial Applications of IM ViroBac
Large Office Buildings
IM ViroBac antiviral testing data against human coronavirus, should not be used as data for or proof of efficacy against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19).
IM ViroBac helps in maintaining a safe and clean environment along with standard cleaning and hygiene procedures.
We encourage commercial partners to speak to us about commercial and development applications of the ViroBac fabric developed by Inner Mettle. Partners would however need to comply with local regulations for antimicrobial claims depending on the jurisdiction they operate.
We’re Just Getting Started
As an innovative fashion brand, Inner Mettle combines science and sustainable manufacturing to promote better health and a brighter future for our world. We have worked extensively with copper materials over the past few years, when the COVID-19 pandemic hit we felt it was our duty to develop and test the copper-integrated fabric for a more immediate need.
Pledge from Founder
In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic Inner Mettle’s founder has pledged to forego compensation for this year. All proceeds from sales for 2020 will be used for research, sustaining operations and creating income opportunities for people who have been impacted by the crisis.
Frequently asked questions
Can I make antimicrobial claims if I use the ViroBac fabric from Inner Mettle?
Local regulations must be considered when you are considering developing or marketing an antimicrobial product. Inner Mettle will not be able to assist you with this process.
What is the ViroBac fabric made of?
Copper particles have been integrated into the fabric , made of 89% Nylon and 11% Elastane to provide a long-term anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral material.
How durable is the ViroBac fabric?
The fabric was made to be versatile and durable. It is long-lasting, giving years of effective usage even under rigorous applications.
How long does the copper-integration in the fabric last?
The effectiveness of the fabric will last the lifetime of the product. Wash tests on fabrics indicate negligible loss of copper particles after 40 washes.
Are there any special wash instructions?
Can be laundered at home using hot water and regular home detergent, or by your commercial laundry service provider, in an open pocket washer/extractor. Do not launder in commercial tunnel washers. Do not use any fabric softeners. Do not use chlorine bleach as it may degrade the fabric over time.
Can I use the ViroBac fabric to manufacture a consumer product?
The fabric has been designed with versatility in mind and can be used for a variety of commercial and consumer products.
Warnes S.L., Little Z.R., Keevil, C.W.
Human Coronavirus 229E Remains Infectious on Common Touch Surface Materials, MBio, 2015 Nov-Dec; 6(6): e01697-15
“Incorporation of copper alloys in communal areas could help to reduce infection spread from touching surfaces contaminated with coronaviruses.”
Fadi Issa, MD
Harvard Medical School Teaching Hospital, Director of Disaster Preparedness Education Initiative, Department of Emergency Medicine
“Contact routes remain the primary mode of transmission for COVID-19. High touch surface protection in urban and clinical environments will be a effective strategy in reducing the risk.”
C. William Keevil PhD CBiol FRSB FRSPH FAAM
Professor of Environmental Healthcare, School of Biological Sciences, University of Southampton United Kingdom
“There is a strong need for antimicrobial touch surfaces such as copper alloys, and clothing may play an important role here.”