Belgotex® SilverCare™ is a long-lasting protection system, with a base of silver ions that penetrates deeply and envelops carpet fibres with a protective coat that lasts the lifetime of your carpet.
The system acts at the heart of the carpet fibres, permanently inhibiting bacteria, reducing odours in the carpet and eliminating dust mites by destroying their food source.
Tests by a recognised Swiss laboratory have proven the effectiveness of SilverCare™. It's safe, natural and non-toxic – in fact the molecules used in SilverCare™ are even used in the cosmetic and body care industry.
SilverCare™ is applied to the carpets during the manufacturing process, penetrating deeply into the carpet and coating the fibres with a long-lasting protective shield.
Once installed in your home, the humidity of the room causes the silver ions to be released very slowly to naturally fight against bacteria, dust mites and unpleasant odours throughout the life of the carpet.
SilverCare™ works by fighting bacteria and unpleasant odours that are linked to fermentation, decomposition caused by certain bacteria, and the activity of certain germs, like staphylococcus aureus and klebsiella pneumoniae. Silver ions may also help in reducing the longevity of dust mite allergens, tackling dust mites indirectly by cutting off their food supply.
Silver ions are highly active, penetrating bacterial membranes rapidly. They interact with the enzymes and other proteins in bacteria, causing cellular disruption and loss of stability. Silver ions also interact with the bacterial cell wall and bind to the bacteria's DNA and RNA, preventing the bacteria from replicating.
Silver has been highly valued and used throughout history to purify and heal. Its anti-bacterial and anti-viral medicinal uses go back for centuries to the time when the Phoenicians used silver bottles to purify water and prevent spoiling. Hippocrates, the father of medicine claimed that silver had beneficial healing and anti-disease properties. By the early 1900s, silver gained regulatory approval as an antimicrobial agent. Even before the discovery of antibiotics, silver was commonly used to disinfect and eliminate germs, sailors even added silver coins to water and wine to preserve them.
What makes silver such a remarkable property is that the silver ion (Ag+) is bioactive and readily kills bacteria on contact.
Silver has been used as a water disinfecting agent in the drinking water supplies of the Russian Mir orbital station and the International Space Station. NASA uses silver to purify water on board its space shuttles and airlines use it to ensure the safety of their passengers.
In comparison to other antibacterial agents, silver has the advantage of being effective on a broad range of germs, even in small concentrations and over a long period of time. In fact, tests have shown that silver has a proven broad-spectrum antiseptic and germicidal effect, with the ability to sterilise over 650 types of bacteria and disease-causing organisms.
In addition, silver ions are totally non-toxic and hypoallergenic.
The tests on SilverCare™ have proven that dust mites and unfed bacteria cannot grow on our carpets. The results showed a gradual decrease in the number of dust mites over time until they were completely eradicated. The number of dust mites on an untreated carpet almost doubled over the same period.
The Belgotex Carpets® SilverCare™ protection system is effective throughout the life of the carpet as long as the carpet is cleaned and maintained on a regular basis. If this is not done, an excess of dirt could interfere with the efficient functioning of the SilverCare™ system.
Almost 30 % of the population today is affected by allergic rhinitis, as compared to 3.8 % in 1968. Today's lifestyle is a major cause of this increase.
The appearance of new allergens (for example from exotic plants and fruits), spending long periods of time in non-aerated buildings, vehicle pollution, passive smoking, stress, vitamin deficiencies and obesity are all contributing factors.
Since we spend up to 70% of our time at home, improving indoor air quality in our home should be a priority for anyone concerned about allergies. A SilverCare™ carpet from Belgotex Carpets® has proven antibacterial properties and fights dust mites and odours, building on the proven dust-trapping properties of carpeting to greatly improve indoor air quality.
It's the natural way to bring relief for allergy sufferers and protect small children and the elderly from respiratory problems.
Myths about the link between carpet use and allergic reactions still abound. The fact is that carpets are the only type of floorcovering that prevent the release of dust, and therefore allergens, into the air.
The filtering effect of carpets acts to contain dust which would otherwise be inhaled and trapped in the respiratory system. We also know that the washing of hard floors with water contributes to a room's humidity, which causes mould, and hence more allergens in the form of airborne spores.
Unlike other floorcoverings, a carpet can also improve the quality of life for people who are allergic to dust or dust mites; with other floorcoverings, even the slightest draught blows dust into the air!