What the heck is BI-OME®?

COBA recently launched a new product called the Entra-Clean Hygiene+. Hygiene+ means the mat is treated with the EU-registered biocide, BI-OME®

COBA supports the efforts to create a cleaner world by using the protective textile finish, BI-OME® on the Entra-Clean Hygiene+ mat. This protective textile technology is used on the Entra-Clean Hygiene+ to ensure that not only is dirt scraped off, but bacterial and viral spread is also reduced. It is a unique approach to enhance hygiene and restore the public’s confidence when entering usual places of social gatherings e.g., a mall, restaurants, and workplaces.

Virus and microbe reduction starts at your doorstep.

What is BI-OME®? 

BI-OME® is a non-migrating antimicrobial technology with additional viral reducing technology. It has permanent, non-harmful odour control features which guarantees an optimal freshness and hygiene to textiles treated with it.

To explain this the COBA team had an interview with Willa Haasbroek, Microbiologist at a world renowned testing lab. Willa has a Master’s degree in Microbiology and over 20 years of experience in the field.

Willa Haasbroek explained that

“A biocide is defined in the European legislation as a chemical substance or microorganism intended to exert a controlling effect on any harmful organism. With the arrival of Covid-19, the official name of the coronavirus that caused the global pandemic, renewed focus was placed on enhancing hygiene to reduce the viral spread. Coating the Entra-Clean Hygiene+ mat with BI-OME® minimizes cross contamination from one surface to another.”

BI-OME® is non-harmful to humans and the environment due to the non-metal, non-leaching quat silane-based chemistry. Through its nature it is inherently biodegradable. The biocide, BI-OME® is registered with the prestige OEKO-TEX®.

Who is OEKO-TEX®?

The International Association for Research and Testing in the Field of Textile and Leather Ecology registered the trademark OEKO-TEX®. The OEKO-TEX® Association issues various product-related labels and certificates to confirm the human-ecological safety of textile products and leather articles from all stages of production along the textile value chain.

OEKO-TEX® aims at making it obvious to consumers that the labelled textile products have undergone laboratory testing for a wide range of harmful substances, and that the content of those substances remains below the limit values established by the OEKO-TEX® Association.

To find out more about what OEKO-TEX does check out their website.

How does BI-OME® work?

Micro-organisms attach to your shoes from the outside, get scraped off by the mat. Once the micro-organism encounters contact with the BI-OME® coating, their cell membrane is punctured.

“Puncturing the cell of a micro-organism will deactivate the micro-organism and cause it to stop growing” – Willa Haasbroek.

The micro-organisms are attracted by the coating of the fabricOnce the microbe gets in touch with the coating, their cell membrane is punctured as if by a swordPiercing the microbe deactivates it, preventing the growth and proliferation

How does BI-OME® help prevent the spread of viruses?

Although textiles are not seen as a major carrier of viruses, you can find viability of viruses for several hours to a day.  The viruses can get trapped on textiles and thus have reduced likelihood of spreading.

Over recent months, the manufacturer of the BI-OME® technology has worked closely with a series of international third-party laboratories to test different fabric substrates against a wide range of enveloped viruses.

Before washing, the various textile samples treated with BI-OME® shown excellent results on virus reduction.

After washing, a decrease in virus reduction performance of coating technologies was expected. However, the fabric can be washed up to 25 times without reducing the biocide coating, BI-OME® retained its ability to reduce 98.5% of the viruses.

The public and public health officials should feel confident that the Entra-Clean Hygiene+ is available to help protect people from the spread of viruses.

What are the advantages of BI-OME®?

  • BI-OME® has the ability to prevent odour formation
  • Eliminates all types of microorganisms like bacteria, algae or fungi
  • BI-OME® treated textile has a permanent & high wash-durability and remains functional throughout the product lifespan.
  • Non-migrating and is not a silver-based product
  • It provides outstanding safety & registration profile

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How does BI-OME® prevent odour? 

BI-OME® works by effectively killing bacteria when they make contact with the mat. This also stops the development of unpleasant odours.

The textile in our HygienePlus range consists of polyamide, which is not a good breeding ground for fungi. The protective coating is permanent, safe, environmentally friendly and makes it ideal for a dog-friendly home.

How do I clean my BI-OME® treated product?

To get the most benefit, to ensure the best performance and to maintain the warranties, you need to properly take care of your entrance mats. For stubborn stains neutral soap diluted in lukewarm water with a sponge is the best method.

“Neutral soaps are those soaps which don’t contain lye (NaOH) or potash (KOH) and are therefore gentler on skin and BI-OME® treated fabrics.” – Willa Haasbroek

If you still struggle to get stubborn stains out, use the same solution with a soft-bristle brush and let the solution pre-soak for a minute or two before attempting to brush it clean. The Entra-Clean Hygiene+ is fully machine washable – with no reduction in active cleaning power for the life of the mat.

For more information on our Entra-Clean HygienePlus Mat contact our dedicated sales team.

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