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For the past few weeks we have been working to develop a new range of gloves which are more resistant to SARS-CoV-2 (the virus which causes COVID-19). The new gloves, 'Hera' and 'Isla', are made with our classic pure Swiss Cotton Jersey and are our first to be treated with HeiQ Viroblock NPJ03. We designed them as simple, pared back, ‘up and go’ styles for everyday living.
What is HeiQ Viroblock NPJ03?
This is a silver and vesicle based technology developed by HeiQ of Zurich, Switzerland, innovators in textile technology. The treatment is applied to our cotton in the mill after dyeing is designed to cause no change to feel or appearance of cotton. HeiQ Viroblock has been shown by the Doherty Institute of Melbourne, Australia, to reduce the presence of the Sendai virus on fabric by 99.99% within 2 minutes, and the SARS-CoV-2 virus on fabric by 99.99% within 30 minutes. We don’t pretend to be experts in anything beyond glove making, but we do our best to make exceptional gloves and adapt to changing circumstances. We have been impressed with the work of HeiQ and we are very happy to partner with them for the longer term. You can read more about HeiQ Viroblock NPJ03 here.
Are the gloves washable?
Yes, our Cotton Jersey gloves are machine washable and the HeiQ Viroblock treatment will remain effective for 30 washes at 60°C (140°F). Where possible, we recommend washing at 30°C to maximise the lifespan of the cotton. As usual, please take care such as using a delicates bag.
Are the gloves touchscreen friendly?
Yes, as with all our Cotton Jersey gloves, Hera and Isla are touchscreen friendly. This is due to the cotton being fine enough to allow the electric conductivity from our hands to pass through it.
Will you be using HeiQ Viroblock on other styles of glove?
We plan to make our other styles of Cotton gloves available treated with this technology in the very near future, with our Merino Wool gloves following close behind.