JLA’s OTEX ozone washing system could shape the ‘new normal’ for treating coronavirus-infected laundry, having been proven to remove all traces of the model virus in a study carried out by De Montfort University, Leicester.
The in-depth research found that the OTEX washing system, which uses ozone to kill bacteria even at low temperatures, completely removes all traces of coronavirus (OC43), a model virus for SARS-CoV-2.
Believed to be one of the first studies of its kind, De Montfort University’s research proves that coronavirus-infected laundry can be cleaned even at low temperatures, allowing heat sensitive items such as personal clothing, hospital mattress covers, emergency rescue wear and microfibre items to be cleaned effectively.
Tests overseen by Dr Katie Laird, Reader in Microbiology and Head of the Infectious Disease Research Group, and expert virologist Dr Maitreyi Shivkumar, Lecturer in Molecular Biology, found that cleaning with the OTEX technology completely removed the coronavirus, even in large commercial laundry loads. Additional testing also proved that the virus was not transferred to other textiles in the wash.
The implications of these findings – particularly for care & nursing homes and hospitals and other healthcare settings where pressure is mounting to ramp up laundry infection control protocols – are hugely significant in the fight against COVID-19 and the protection of both service users and staff.
The university study findings represent one of many accolades for our innovative OTEX system, having been previously recognised by the NHS Rapid Review Panel in 2009 (set up by the government to fast track new technology to address hospital acquired infections), achieving the highest grade (level 1) for infection control products.
More recently, assessment of compliance with current Public Health England HTM01-04 guidelines for the decontamination of healthcare linen. The OTEX ozone system is also fully supported in line with the EU Biocidal Products Regulation.
The OTEX laundry system is available as part of our ‘Total Care’ subscription – giving customers brand new appliances for no capital outlay and protecting you from the cost and hassle of unexpected breakdowns.
De Montford University Study: Executive Summary
There are lots of claims are being made about the power of ozone disinfecton - but at JLA we fund our own research into uncovering the science our customers need to see for complete peace of mind.
Download the summary to access the facts and figures that show OTEX is the only system proven to remove all traces of coronavirus in laundry.