Due to tests carried out at the University of Navarra and at Eurecat – Technological Center of Catalonia.
It is backed by two patents that, together, allow eradicating COVID-19 from tissues. It has an efficiency of more than 99.9999999%.
Vitoria-Gasteiz already manufactures the iron that can be used on any tissue, deactivating the virus. SDA Factory (B&B Trends), manufacturer of the UFESA and DI4 brands, has managed to reconcile the recommendations of the health authorities regarding the hygiene of clothes with their care so that they are free of COVID-19 or coronavirus. “With this ironing solution it is not necessary to subject the clothes to washes at 60º, which in most cases seriously damage the fabric. Its system, supported by two patents and two studies carried out in the laboratory of the University of Navarra, and also confirmed by Eurecat – Technological Center of Catalonia, confirm that it allows ironing, either vertically or horizontally, of any fabric within a range of higher temperature and, in addition, the exclusive pulse steam ejection technology provides a higher speed of transfer of this temperature to clothing without damaging it and ending with the COVID-19 ”, they assure from the company.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends washing and disinfecting tissues at 60-90º. It is also included in the Guide to Good Practices in the work centers of the Ministry of Health, which establishes that in the case of work uniforms or similar “they will be bagged and closed, and will be transferred to the point where they are washed regularly, recommending a wash with a complete cycle at a temperature of between 60 and 90 degrees “.
However, what happens in our homes and with our street clothes? A simple look at the labels of any garment, whether for work use or not, allows us to conclude that a large majority of these do not allow washing above 30-40º, according to the express recommendation of their manufacturers, as well as the detergent producers. . What happens, therefore, if we permanently subject these garments to washes at 60º or more? Four common effects: The garment reduces its size. It fades. Fix wrinkles. If it contains elastics, they become loose. Washing clothes at a temperature of 30 ° C is not only the best option for clothes, but also avoids the enormous energy cost of washing at high temperatures. Furthermore, it is beneficial for the environment and the sustainability of the planet.
Healthy Program. University of Navarra and Eurecat
In this context, SDA Factory has carried out in the laboratories of the University of Navarra a study of the Healthy Program, technology designed in the R + D department of the company itself, focused on testing four types of microbes (C. Albicans; S. Aureus; E-coli; and B. Sutilis), resulting in the fact that said technology totally eliminates these bacteria.
Therefore, the study in question validates the effectiveness of this iron for the eradication of COVID-19 as it has been shown that viruses with lipid envelopes, such as Sars-CoV-2, known as coronaviruses, have lower resistance. at the temperature than E-coli type bacteria and much lower than bacteria with spores such as B. subtilis, both observed in the study cited above. Thus, the same laboratory corroborates that its effective result can be extrapolated against COVID-19. “As with bacteria, heat also inactivates the virus,” he concludes.
To the result thrown by the laboratory of the University of Navarra, the analysis carried out by Eurecat (Technological Center of Catalonia) is added, which also confirms that this technology eliminates the E-coli bacteria and, ultimately, Sars-CoV-2, whose temperature resistance is less than the mentioned bacteria.
The technology: ‘Healthy program’
The studies carried out also validate its indisputable effectiveness in just seconds, both in vertical and horizontal ironing without the need for direct contact with the garment. It is an accessible and available technology for both professionals, dry cleaners and the textile trade (avoiding quarantining garments and minimizing possible stock tensions), for example, and for individuals.
There are two models devised and manufactured by SDA Factory for the Di4 brand (the Di4 Jet Pressing Healthy 8b ironing center and the Vapore Stiro Healthy 3200 iron) that are already being marketed, and which incorporate two innovative patents that provide the following benefits:
Temperature range to iron any fabric and superior to any other iron on the market.
- Temperature range to iron any fabric and superior to any other iron on the market.
Both patents are crucial in dealing with the virus and understanding its effectiveness. “An iron plate or ironing center for the simple fact of having steam technology does not eradicate the virus if it does not do so with a specific temperature range and with a speed of transfer to the tissue and at a higher temperature. The Di4 Healthy range achieves this ”, says Iñaki Castresana, Head of Organization at SDA Factory.
Research, a safe bet
This technology, the two patents, as well as the study that supports its effectiveness, predate the pandemic, thus demonstrating the vanguard of the R & D & i department of SDA Factory. “The fight against bacteria is something that we keep in mind in every product that we devise and design”, says Castresana. “For this reason, and with the extensive scientific and contrasted knowledge that we already had in this regard, we investigated in depth the characteristics of the COVID-19. After completing this phase, we only had to corroborate and cross-check with the study we did at the University of Navarra what we deduced from the company: that the technology already developed by SDA is not only lethal for bacteria but also guarantees to eradicate COVID-19 ” , accurates.
Along these same lines, the head of organization concludes: “Research always gives good results, it is a safe bet. It allows you to walk leaning on certainties and to go one step ahead, as on this occasion ”.
The SDA Factory plant (Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain) has its origin in 1977. It is part of the B&B Trends group, a national company with extensive experience in the manufacture and development of small household appliances. It manufactures and sells small household appliances of the UFESA, DAGA, Zelmer and Di4 brands, as well as for other manufacturers.
The company employs almost 200 professionals and has an R&D center with a great international reputation for excellence, which has designed steam irons and ironing centers produced, among other household appliances, with the highest quality standards. . Thus, its commitment to research, development and innovation has allowed it to light more than 100 patents throughout its history.
In Vitoria-Gasteiz, May 2020