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Biocides for laundry
decontamination

TONY J. HALL1*, ANNETTE JEANES2, STEPHEN S. HICKOK1
*Corresponding author
1. Remedy Research Ltd., 8 Blenheim Road, London, W4 1UA, United Kingdom
2. University College Hospitals, Division of Infection, NHS Foundation Trust, London, W1T 4JF, United Kingdom

Abstract

Traditional laundry decontamination has reliedon thermal decontamination. More recently, lowtemperature washing with the inclusion of bleach/chlorineas a biocide has been used, but both can lead to theaccelerated degradation of fabrics. We have investigatedthe ability of a novel copper-based biocidal compound,CuWB50, to assist in the decontamination of swatchespurposely contaminated with MRSA- and Acinetobacterduring “real life” low temperature machine washing. Ourstudies showing highly effective laundry decontaminationusing low concentrations of CuWB50 with commerciallyavailable detergents at low temperature (18 – 20°C) aretimely both in terms of rising energy costs and textiledegradation issues.


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