Why Choose Embedded Antimicrobial Copper Over Infused or Spray-on Copper Fabrics

CopperActive™ is Patented Embedded Copper: What are the differences between embedded, infused, and spray-on copper materials?

1. Embedded Copper Material:

  • In this method, copper particles or compounds are integrated into the material during the manufacturing process. This means that the copper is an inherent part of the material's structure.
  • The copper remains within the material for its entire lifespan, offering consistent antimicrobial properties and benefits.
  • It is typically more durable and can withstand multiple washes without losing its effectiveness.

2. Infused Copper Material:

  • Infusion involves introducing copper compounds to a material after it has been manufactured. This can be done through various methods, such as soaking the material in a copper solution.
  • Over time and with wear and tear, the copper may wear off or diminish in concentration.
  • The effectiveness of the copper may decrease with repeated washing or extended use.

3. Spray-on Copper Material:

  • This method involves applying a copper solution to the surface of a material using a spray mechanism.
  • It offers a quick way to introduce copper properties to a material, but it's typically the least durable of the three methods.
  • The copper can easily wear off, especially with washing or abrasion, requiring frequent reapplications for maintained effectiveness.

While all three methods introduce copper's properties to materials, their durability and antimicrobial longevity vary. Embedded copper offers the most permanent solution, while spray-on is the least durable and may require frequent reapplications. Infused copper falls somewhere in between in terms of durability.

Comparison between embedded, infused and spray-on copper textiles

Feature/Property CopperActive's Embedded Copper Infused Copper Spray-on Copper
Durability High (Integrated into fabric's DNA) Moderate (Surface treatment) Low (External application)
Longevity Maintains properties wash after wash Diminishes over time with washes Requires frequent reapplications
Antimicrobial Effectiveness Consistent & long-lasting Can wear off over time Temporary & needs reapplication
Protection Level Superior (Due to embedded nature) Moderate Basic
Environmental Impact Eco-friendly (Less waste due to durability) Moderate (Requires re- infusion) High (Frequent reapplications lead to waste)
Cost-Effectiveness High (Long-term benefits) Moderate (May require re-infusion) Low (Recurring costs for reapplications)
Integration with Fabric Seamless (Part of fabric's structure) Surface-level External
Resistance to External Factors High (Resistant to wear & tear) Moderate Low (Easily affected by external factors)