Nikwax show to clean disposable PPE masks and gowns more safely

How to clean disposable masks and gowns more safely.

Testing by Nikwax shows that disposable masks and gowns can be cleaned in a washing process whilst maintaining their functional qualities. The process can be rolled out quickly using existing cleaning facilities.

Safely reusing disposable or single-use PPE could increase effective supply by 5 times in a crisis situation.

Health innovation to alleviate PPE crisis

Nikwax, the UK’s leading producer of cleaning and waterproofing solutions for Outdoor Clothing, has created a new process to launder certain single-use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) more safely. Unlike existing cleaning methods, Nikwax ‘PPE Extension’ maintains the physical and water repellent properties needed to stop disease transmission. The innovation is a direct response to help in the global fight against COVID-19. It is aimed at situations where supply has run out and workers are at risk from over-extending the use of masks and gowns.

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