Silvertize Cloth Frequently Asked Questions

Q    When the germs are killed on the cloth, where do they go?
A    Germs (bacteria, viruses) are microscopic and disintegrate when they are killed.  There are no visible or harmful remains.

Q    When should I wash the cloth?
A    The cloth continually produces silver ions that kill germs. There is no need to wash the cloth unless there is visible soil or stains. You can hand wash in the sink with mild (non-chlorine) soap, rinse and air dry. There is no loss of germ killing ability with over 50 washings.

Q    I’m used to the wetness and smell of hand sanitizers.  Is the Silvertize cloth as effective without these properties?
A    The Silvertize cloth kills bacteria and viruses, including MRSA the antibiotic resistant bacteria. Hand sanitizers don’t kill MRSA or viruses. The wetness and smell are created by glycerin and alcohol. The glycerin wetness is basically artificial wetness and the alcohol dries the skin and is flammable. Wetness and alcohol can’t be used on some surfaces such as electronics (keyboards, cell phones) and some plastics without causing damage. With the Silvertize cloth, this isn't an issue. Feel free to use liberally on electronics and other items that typically should not be exposed to moisture.

Q    Are the antimicrobial properties of Silver a new discovery?
A    The medicinal properties of silver ions (Ag⁺) have been known for centuries. Egyptians, Greeks and Romans dropped silver coins into fountains and stored drinking water and food in silver vessels. Silver was a popular antimicrobial into the 20th century. One of its most widespread uses was silver nitrate drops placed in the eyes of newborns to prevent infections that commonly caused blindness. With the discovery of antibiotics in the mid-1900s, silver was no longer used extensively as a remedy for infection, although it continued to be a primary treatment for serious burns. Today, in the face of antibiotic resistant pathogens, silver is re-emerging as an important antimicrobial agent in the field of infection prevention.

Q    How do silver ions kill microorganisms?
A    Unlike antibiotics which kill specific micro-organisms, silver ions simultaneously attack up to 10 sites in the cell which stop reproduction and cause cell death. Mutated pathogens do not survive. As a result, there are no known silver resistant micro-organisms among medically relevant strains. This property has caused infection control doctors, surgeons, and wound care specialist to select silver technology for medical devices and to prevent diseases.
Silver ions kill a broad-spectrum of medically relevant micro-organisms that include bacteria, fungi (molds and yeasts) and deactivate viruses. Silver ions, when applied externally, are non-toxic to human cells and very safe.

Q    How does silver bonded cotton generate silver ions?
A    Cotton is a natural fiber that is able to absorb moisture from ambient air. The moisturized silver surface reacts with oxygen, forming a silver oxide film. Some of the silver oxide dissolves, producing a silver ion solution. Silver ions (Ag⁺) kill germs.

Q    Does ionic silver kill MRSA and other resistant strains?
A     Yes. Thus far, silver Ions (Ag⁺) have killed all bacteria, fungi (molds and yeasts) and deactivated all viruses on which they have been tested. There are no known silver ion resistant micro-organisms.