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Development of an Antibacterial Cloth Based on Microfibre

Objective

In the CleanCloth project, we propose to develop a superior cleaning cloth with constant and continuous antibacterial effect, ensuring that no bacteria is left in the cloth and making bacterial re-growth impossible, without need for special and time-consuming hygiene procedures. This will be accomplished by a unique technology with antibacterial agent integrated into the microfiber of the cloth. The advances in this technology will allow significant reduction of cross-contamination and bacterial regrowth. Infectious diseases arising in the home setting are a significant concern. A significant amount of infections, not only food-borne but also person-to-person, relate to cross contamination via hands, surfaces or other bacteria containing objects such as the kitchen-cloth. Pathogenic and potentially pathogenic species are introduced as microbial contamination into the home and public places such as hospitals, day care centres, offices and hotels on a regular basis via people, pets and insects as well as in food, water and via air. Wet sites, such as kitchen areas, toilets and bathrooms are most commonly associated with heavy contamination and potentially harmful species. However, other wet sites such as dishcloths and cleaning utensils have also been found to be heavily contaminated. Contamination in the kitchen is most frequently caused by raw food, but the sink, waste trap and surrounding areas can also act as semi-permanent sources or reservoirs of bacteria. Gram negative species such as E. Coli, klebsiella spp. and pseudomonads have been shown to grow to substantial numbers in sink U-tube and toilet water, as well as in contaminated wet cloths. The reservoir/disseminator sites such as wet cloths and cleaning utensils have a high risk of germs being present, a constant risk for spread of germs and are always in need for adequate hygiene procedures

Field of science

  • /medical and health sciences/health sciences/infectious disease
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/microbiology/bacteriology
  • /agricultural sciences/animal and dairy science/pets

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2008-1
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

NORWEX HOLDING AS
Address
Taerudgata 3
2004 Lillestrom
Norway
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 494 426
Administrative Contact
Bjorn Nicolaisen (Mr.)

Participants (9)

PP-POLYMER AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 171 767
Address
Krossgatan 15
162 50 Vallingby
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ann-Christin Paul (Ms.)
POLISILK SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 119 036
Address
Ctra De Manresa A Igualada
08240 Guardiola
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marc Ponsa (Mr.)
Engtex AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 101 458
Address
Jonkopings Lan
565 22 Mullsjo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Torbjörn Eng (Mr.)
REZIDOR HOTEL BRUSSELS SA
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 149 801
Address
Rue Du Fosse Aux Loups 47
1000 Bruxelles
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Guillaume Verchere (Mr.)
NILFISK-ADVANCE A/S DANMARK FILIAL AMAL SVERIGE
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 45 819
Address
Sjobjornsvagen 5
100 73 Stockholm
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Kenneth Andersson (Mr.)
TEKNOLOGISK INSTITUTT AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 11 268
Address
Kabelgaten 2
N-0580 Oslo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Asbjorn Rune Ousland (Mr.)
CENTRE SCIENTIFIQUE & TECHNIQUE DEL'INDUSTRIE TEXTILE BELGE ASBL
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 3 210
Address
Rue Montoyer 24/2
1000 Bruxelles
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Michele Adams (Mr.)
RISE IVF AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 4 361
Address
Argongatan 30
431 53 Molndal
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Marie Pauli (Ms.)
DEUTSCHE INSTITUTE FUR TEXTIL- UND FASERFORSCHUNG DENKENDORF
Germany
EU contribution
€ 4 170
Address
Korschtalstrasse 26
73770 Denkendorf
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Peter Steiger (Mr.)