The silver ions pass through the cell wall and membrane of the pathogen where they begin by attacking the DNA of the bacteria, virus or fungi. Once the DNA is compromised the ions disrupt the respiratory function, cell division and replication process of the pathogen resulting in catastrophic failure of vital life systems of the microbe. Ultimately the bacteria are destroyed before it has a chance to reproduce and you are left with a clean fresh garment. HYGIEIA powered products will retain their antimicrobial effect for the life of the garment.
Hygieia’s powerful technology inhibits the growth of bacteria on fabrics, eliminating pathogens and human-based odor for the life of the garment. Hygieia textiles are made by permanently bonding 99.9% metallic silver to the surface of a fiber or in the instances where “wicking” performance is needed, by covalently bonding silver to our performance yarn within a polymer. The permanent performance of Hygieia keeps our products smelling fresher for longer, even after multiple wear cycles between laundering.