Already experts in anti-microbial fabrics, Agua have created a bleeding-edge technology to safeguard soft furnishings against both bacteria and viruses.

AguaGuard365 is a truly effective, scientifically proven treatment for soft fabrics that is effective against both bacteria and viruses – including COVID-19. Agua Fabrics acted quickly in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, spending 4 months fast-tracking the technology in partnership with cutting-edge textiles innovation and research company, HeiQ.

Why do I need a protective treatment for my soft furnishings?

Our knowledge about COIVD-19 and how it transmits is still evolving. However, researchers seem to have established a few ground rules. COVID-19 lasts longer on hard surfaces than on soft. However, it can be transferred on to soft furnishings like textiles, which can provide a large hosting area. Cruise ships are jam packed full of high contact textiles in public spaces, such as those covering seating. Cruise companies will need to implement layers of precautions and protocol to allow guests to safely move around their vessels. They will have the challenge of not only implementing stringent safety protocols but still creating an atmosphere of festivity and holiday for their guests. Companies need to sure ensure their design and their materials are working as hard as possible behind the scenes.

How does it work: the overview

AguaGuard365 works through two complementary systems, a patented and registered silver technology and a patent-pending fatty vesicle technology. Upholstery fabrics treated with AguaGuard365 actively inhibit viruses (including Covid-19) and kill bacteria upon contact on the surface. By keeping the textile free of viable viruses and bacteria, AguaGuard365 treated performance upholstery fabrics help to significantly minimise the potential for re-transmission of pathogens.

How does it work: the deepdive

Silver particles are natural antibacterial and antiviral agents. These bind viruses and other pathogens to silver’s sulfur groups (a natural process that forms silver sulfide), which immobilises viruses permanently. Like a magnet, silver attracts the oppositely charged viruses and binds them permanently to their sulfur groups, forming silver sulfide. This immobilises the virus. AguaGuard365 uses silver chloride instead of nano silver particles to ensure the technology is both consistent over time and completely safe.

The second active system in AguaGuard365 is a patent-pending fatty vesicle technology. This acts as a booster to the silver chloride and physically destroys pathogens. The technology directly targets the lipid membrane surrounding virus cells and saps each cell’s cholesterol content, destroying viruses and other microbes on contact. Combined, these two technologies form the most effective anti-bacterial treatment for soft fabrics currently available.

Agua Fabrics LTD will be exhibiting at Cruise Ship Interiors Expo America in 2021. Visit them at Booth 644 to found out more.