October 09 20



It’s called ‘ViralRepel’ and its Riopele’s new finish, which prevents and fights viruses and bacteria in textile products. With an efficiency of around 99%, resists household washings, is environmentally friendly and can be used on any type of textile fibres.

“ViralRepel is a finish that prevents viruses and bacteria to get attached to our articles. In addition, it also fights bad odours, which means greater hygiene”, explains Ana Vaz, Riopele market manager.

Developed with technology made of polymers linked to silver ions, which accelerate the deactivation of viruses and bacteria, ViralRepel is also dermatologically tested. “The products used are not aggressive to the skin and can be used with complete safety in underwear or pyjamas “, explains Riopele’s market manager.

Ana Vaz also clarified that the products used in the finish “respect the Oeko-Tex and Bluesign guidelines, besides being certified by the EPA [Environmental Protection Agency]”. ViralRepel is also resistant to multiple household washes and can be used effectively on any type of textile fibre.

The international fair Fabric Days, which took place from September 1st to 3rd in Munich, was chosen by Riopele to present this new finish. “Customers were very interested, mainly because we are talking about the German market, which is a pioneer in combining sustainability with innovation”, concludes Ana Vaz.