August 31, 2005 Samsung’s Silver Nano Health System has been applied to a new range of front-loader washing machines that are launching later this year in Australia. A breakthrough function, ‘Silver Wash’, kills 99 percent of bacteria in the wash load and coats the clothes with antibacterial protection which lasts for up to 30 days. To feature on five flagship front-loader models from 5kg to 7.5kg capacity, Samsung’s patented Silver Wash is the first technology that combines disinfectant and antibiotic properties in washing machines. When activated, the Silver Wash releases up to 400 billion silver ions during the first wash and the last rinse cycle. After the wash cycle is completed, Samsung claims that the washed clothes are totally devoid of bacteria. Whereas some other brands use a silver ion coating on the washing machine drum, Samsung claims its approach is far more effective as it ensures that all parts of the clothes are penetrated with the silver ions, rather than short-term surface contact by only some of the clothes on an otherwise silver ion coated drum.
As well as the obvious health benefits that Silver Nano brings, it can also save consumers money on their household water and energy bills. Paul Lipscomb, Product Manager, White Goods, Samsung Australia, explained: “The Silver Wash system means that it’s no longer necessary to soak clothes in additives or wash at extremely high temperatures in order to sanitise them. This, combined with Samsung front loading washing machine’s industry leading water efficiency ratings of up to 5A, creates a major saving on the long term cost of running the washing machine.”