Frequently Asked Questions

How does the PolyCAT process work?

PolyCAT’s patent protected process uses clever polymer chemistry techniques to coat metals such as silver or copper on the surface of the fibre. This means the particles stay in place, and remain active for a lot longer even after multiple wash cycles. The process is done in three steps and uses about a gram of silver compound to make each glove. See more about our technology and the research into the effectiveness of silver here.

Will it protect me from Covid-19?

PolyCAT's glove and mask materials have passed the stringent ISO-18184 test for antiviral efficacy, scoring "excellent" rating in all three tests. These tests were performed by an independent laboratory accredited to ISO-17025 in Spain (see Further tests are underway in other accredited laboratories worldwide to establish further antibacterial and antiviral efficacy against a range of human pathogens. See more about our technology and the research into the effectiveness of silver here.

Are they washable and reusable?

Yes the gloves can be washed at 30 degrees celsius. The gloves should not be tumble dried. For the same reason that the gloves are made from cotton please avoid exposure to naked flames.

How quickly can you deliver them to me?

We dispatch all order the following working day and send via Royal Mail First Class. We aim to have the gloves with you in 3 days after you place an order. See our delivery and shipping information here.

Do you sell in bulk?

We can offer bulk deliveries and there are discounts available for medical organisations, care organisations and those in front line services. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Are there any harmful side effects of silver?

Silver is non-toxic externally to the human body there are many studies showing the antimicrobial and anti-viral properties of topical applications of Silver that have no adverse effects on humans. There are many studies into the impact of silver in micronised form and this article is a well balanced view

How do the PolyCat gloves compare with Latex gloves?

Latex gloves merely act as protective barrier against viruses, so if the wearer then touches their face or another surface the virus or bacteria is still transferred. The average person touches their face approximately 50 times per hour. The active silver coating on the gloves disrupts this cross-transfer process by reducing the number of viable pathogens dramatically on contact.

Why are PolyCAT's materials antiviral and antimicrobial?

There’s a reasonable body of published work showing that silver and copper coatings are strongly anti-viral against HCV, HIV, Hep A/B/C, SARS, and HxNx influenzae viruses. Whilst some of the mechanisms of action of silver on non-viral microbes are understood, there’s little understanding as to why it is antiviral. Our best guess at this stage is that both copper and silver coatings are so strongly oxidising that they destroy the viruses’ outer protein coat.

Have the gloves been tested?

The gloves have been tested to ISO-18184:2019 at an independent testing laboratory, showing "excellent antiviral activity" in all three tests. As an added bonus, testing against MRSA, E. Coli, Pseudomonas Aeruginosa (bacteria that causes pneumonia and sepsis), and Candida albicans (yeast that can cause blood infections) is currently being performed. Results are expected in Aug 2020.

What size PolyCat Glove do I need?

The gloves are made of cotton and then impregnated. During the production stage there is slight shrinkage and thus we generally recommend a size above your normal glove size. They are a snug fit and lightweight so designed to do everything your hand can normally do. When wearing the gloves will naturally stretch a little.

Do you have childrens gloves?

The short answer is we are working on it. This product have been brought to the market very quickly and we have had to prototype and test the glove sizes that are most in demand and which will protect the highest percentage of the population. We want to help protect the entire family.

Will there be other Polycat protective products?

Now we have established the antiviral and antibacterial effects of our silver gloves, we are busy launching our facemasks using the same technology.
We have also produced a range of copper gloves and facemasks that are currently undergoing testing to ISO-18184:2019 in an independent laboratory. We expect to launch these in late July 2020.
Our R&D team have also developed a way to coat disposable latex and nitrile gloves that can be used to prevent cross-transfer of infection. We are currently evaluating these and will release more information shortly.

Can I return them for a refund?

Our refund policy includes an option to return the gloves within 14 days of purchase, unopened, unused and undamaged. You are responsible for the return shipping costs to us. These gloves are designed for personal protection there is a limited supply. We are a scientific and material research company that has changed our direction to help with Covid-19 we are working as fast as we can but please expect up to 14 days for any refund to be credited to your account as are focused on serving as many key workers as possible. Find our returns policy and details here.