elastika™ making a difference with SILVADUR™ Technology

The Trusted Power of Silver

Silver contains inherent antimicrobial properties. It has been a time-tested antimicrobial used since ancient times in healthcare, food preservation, and water treatment as well as other applications where effective, long-term bacterial protection is required. Silver is a leading antimicrobial due to its safety for human contact, long term efficacy and prevention of growth for a broad range of microorganisms.

SILVADUR™ antimicrobial technology inhibits bacteria growth and buildup of microbes on fabric surfaces. These microbes often destroy fabric integrity, shorten its useful life, and can cause discoloration, spoiling and staining.

SILVADUR™: ADVANCED, SUSTAINABLE ANTIMICROBIAL CONTROL

  • Dow Scientists developed SILVADUR™ after extensive collaboration with global leaders in the fiber, textile and apparel industries. Antimicrobials have been available for years, but they lacked reliable efficacy and consistent durability. Dow scientists answered the challenge by developing a unique system of “intelligent” delivery.
  • Using patented, controlled-release technology, SILVADUR™ delivers a low concentration of silver ions to fabric surfaces to control odor-generating bacterial.
  • The revolutionary technology contained in SILVADUR™ is the wolrd’s first and only aqueous -based silver-polymer delivery system.
    Patented Smart Release delivery system requires less silver to eliminate bacteria, substantially reducing waste.

SILVADUR™ Outperforms The Competition

SILVADUR™ Other Silver Quats
Components One No effect. White stays white and colorfastness is maintained One component but with precise application instructions
Liquid/Aqueous Solid particles Liquid/Methanol
Modes of action Chemical and Biological Chemical and Biological Biological
Delivery System An organic polymer-based system utilizing a patented release technology with a feedback mechanism Inorganic supported system that releases silver laced particles in the presence of water and ions. None
Durability of Finish Excellent durability as organic polymer system adheres to fiber
  • Low to medium durability
  • Inorganic matrix has no attraction for the fiber surface
  • Needs binder to increase durability
  • Performance drops upon use
  • Surface charges are neutralized
Effects on Fabric Look and Feel No effect or slight increase in hydrophilicity Might change feel of fabric due to binder system Makes fabric hydrophobic due to the presence of long carbon chains
Color Stability No effect. White stays white and colorfastness is maintained
  • Depending upon use level, yellowing or discoloration of white fabrics sometimes observed
  • Shade shift occurs with overtreatment
  • Potential interferences with ionic dye systems
  • Depending upon use level, yellowing or discoloration of white fabrics sometimes observed
  • Shade shift occurs with overtreatment
  • Potential interferences with ionic dye systems

SILVADUR™ offers an Unmatched Performance

  • Homogeneous Finish
    SILVADUR™ antimicrobial technology provides uniform distribution of silver ions throughout the fabric– ensuring comprehensive protection and long-lasting freshness.

  • Intelligent Dosing
    Because SILVADUR™ antimicrobial technology requires less silver than competing products, manufacturers are able to create innovative textile products with unmatched performance no matter the price point they are required to hit. Only SILVADUR™ technology offers intelligent protection at reduced dosages, all while using standard formulations and applications.

  • Resists Yellowing
    Fabrics treated with SILVADUR™ antimicrobial technology will not fade or yellow over time.

  • No Leaching
    SILVADUR™ long lasting antimicrobial won’t ever cross the skin barrier or migrate from the fabric. This means that SILVADUR™ antimicrobial won’t impact the micro-flora, or good bacteria, when in contact with skin.

  • Recyclable & Re-Usable 
    At Dow, we keep what’s best for the earth in mind too. Any unused SILVADUR™ can be collected during the manufacturing process and reused in the next production cycle.