During the COVID-19 crisis we have received various questions asking how to disinfect our personal protective equipment (PPE). The following statement is intended to provide a guideline.
There are various disinfectants which are effective in relation to the SARS-CoV-2 which causes COVID-19. However, the long-term effects of these disinfectants on the different materials we use for our PPE (PA, PE, HMPE such as Dyneema, etc.) have NOT been tested. Higher temperatures are also an effective way of disinfecting, however the use of higher temperatures for cleaning can damage our fibers and plastics.
Only soap and water should be used to disinfect and clean our equipment. Please follow the instructions in the user manual for each product.
However, as a general guideline:
Hand-wash soiled products in a bathtub in lukewarm (~30°C) water using a mild synthetic detergent or use the gentle-wash wool program on your household washing machine. Rinse thoroughly and leave out to dry in the shade, protected from direct sunlight (do not use a tumble dryer / do not dry-clean). Leave your equipment for at least 72 hours in quarantine before next use.
If you have any questions, don`t hesitate to contact us.