Clinical studies found that Natucair, a Japanese fabric freshener spray brand made to remove odors, are more than 99.9-percent effective against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 for up to 24 hours.
Earth Corp., a Japanese household company behind Natucair, made the announcement on its viral test conducted by Japan Textile Products Quality and Technology Center.
“The viral studies conducted by (QTEC) in Kobe, Japan showed that Natucair Linen and Fabric Spray was effective in killing >99.9 percent of SARS-CoV-2 suspension up to 24 hours on fabric, making it an important product in preventing the spread of the virus not only to loved ones and family within the same household, but to the public” said Shintaro Noda, who is in charge of regional marketing of Earth Corp.
Yuya Suzuki of research and development showed great excitement for these results. “In such difficult times, any additional caution to protect against COVID-19 is welcome and we’re proud to ensure that Natucair can play a role in helping Filipinos remove the virus from their fabrics.”
The groundbreaking discovery comes as the Philippines registers thousands of new COVID-19 cases a day.
One potential point of transmission that should not be taken for granted is fabrics. Recently, BBC reported a study led by microbiologist Dr. Katie Laird that looked at the survival rate of COVID-19 on commonly worn fabrics. It was found the virus could survive for up to three full days on fabric.
With this in mind, staying cautious and diligent is paramount for Filipinos nationwide. Continued adherence to recommended health and safety protocols such as mask-wearing in public area, social distancing and limited outdoor errands are key to remaining safe from the virus.
Additional steps at home can be taken as well to help prevent the spread to family members. Keeping fabrics in and around the home clear of the virus for up to 24 hours will be a valuable step in avoiding infection.
Noda said Natucair continues to be a helpful tool for every Filipino’s daily routine. “Vigilance about our health continues to be of utmost importance in our daily lives as we grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic. This is why Earth Corp. is thrilled about Natucair’s efficacy in killing SARS-CoV-2 for up to 24 hours,” Noda said.
“Natucair is designed to remove odors and germs on everyday fabrics such as bedsheets, curtains, clothes, car seat covers and even the inner fabric linings of shoes and motorcycle helmets. We highly recommend using Natucair regularly on fabric items in and around the house to keep you protected from SARS-CoV-2. For example, hard to wash items like upholstered couches where various members of the family or guests sit together in close contact can be sprayed down with Natucair to remove odors, germs and SARS-CoV-2 lingering on the fabric,” Noda said.
“Or one can even spray down their clothes in the morning and not worry about the virus on their clothes when they get home at the end of the day. This full 24 hours of protection allows us to not worry about spreading the virus on our clothes and fabric. It provides peace of mind to many Filipinos who may potentially be exposed to the virus when having to go to work or run errands outside,” Noda said.
Noda believes that Natucair can provide great convenience, safety and comfort that similar products cannot attest to. As such, Natucair is an essential item in every household especially in these difficult times, Noda said.
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