Livinguard has a number of different solutions for different types of substrates and use cases. Their EFM-7 solution has been successfully tested against all major sorts of viruses in combination with the fabrics we use for face masks. It is based on the same technology that is used in their entire range of antiviral technologies.

The effect of this basic technology is to catch and eliminate the harmful viruses that hit textiles treated with Livinguard. When tested according to ISO standard 18184, the EFM-7 solution in combination with the fabrics they use for face masks (as well as some other fabrics) showed a 99 percent reduction in viruses.

ISO 18184 is the most important international standard for testing the antiviral activity of textiles. It stipulates that the textiles must be washed ten times and then tested within two hours of contact with the virus. This protocol was not changed by the examiners. According to the protocol, the test must be completed within two hours, as the speed of the activity is crucial. However, these two hours are needed so that there is sufficient contact between viruses and textiles. The ten washes prescribed in the protocol before the test are intended to ensure the continuity of the activity and exclude a possible antiviral effect due to released chemicals.

In tests by several independent, renowned laboratories with other applications and test methods, their technology showed even greater effectiveness against various microorganisms within five minutes and after 50 washes. Livinguard is not aware of any reliable methods of demonstrating effectiveness in less than five minutes, and they have not tested the fabrics after more than 50 washes. All information on their products is based directly on the examination of the respective product.