KleenWraps: From PPE to Accessories
“KleenWraps empowers individuals to take control of their setting and feel like they’re doing at least their part for themselves and others,” Gelinas added. “And as the fashion industry and the world changes your relevance doesn’t necessarily have to change. You just pivot and adapt to what’s needed and what’s necessary, and I think that this has been a really eye-opening project for me to realize that it doesn’t end at a fashion show, it goes far beyond that.”
In the Age of COVID-19, Gym-goers are Looking for Safer Ways to Work Out, KleenWraps is the Solution
As the pandemic strengthened demand for personal protective equipment, the duo noticed a gap in the market. Most brands offering stylish face masks were lifestyle or fashion brands, they found. KleenWraps wanted to launch an alternative that would balance comfort, style, and safety.
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While studies have shown that tightly woven cotton fabrics, like quilter’s cotton, batik, and even tea towels are the best overall choices, they aren’t always the most comfortable fabrics when humidity and heat are added into the mix. “If the mask is uncomfortable, research has shown people just touch their face even more,” Muthulingam says. “Aim for compromise to get ‘good enough’ protection that also lets some amount of air in to make wearing the mask tolerable.” Lighter cottons, polyesters, or performance fabrics are acceptable and safe to use.
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Ensuring breathability while still offering droplet protection is the holy grail of mask design. Our thin neoprene offers the best droplet protection, better than any woven alternative on the market. It’s three technical layers: a perforated panel to allow for air flow, a filtered layer and a third lighter weight lining layer to eliminate any droplet passage. It’s snug to the face without being tight and goes ever the ears with an adjustable elastic band.
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Designer Chris Gelinas has been working with KleenWraps, a line of antimicrobial handle covers (think: bicycles, exercise equipment, grocery carts), to develop new antiviral accessories and face masks. “The technology isn’t necessarily new, but the applications are more refined and are now extending far beyond medical equipment and high performance sportswear into everyday life,” he says. If you can reduce your chances of transmitting or spreading a disease, why wouldn’t you?
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To avoid direct contact with the gym’s smooth and hard shared surfaces—on which Covid-19 can survive for longer periods according to new research in the medical journal, the Lancet—wrap stainless steel handles or grips with KleenWraps. These neoprene strips feature an antimicrobial agent that reduces the strength and transmission rate of pathogens it comes into contact with.
These Antimicrobial Wraps Offer a New Way to Prevent COVID-19 Transfer at the Gym
If you haven’t seen anyone using KleenWraps at your local gym yet, there’s a good chance that could soon change. The waterproof wraps are increasing in popularity for one simple reason: They can be secured around dumbbells, barbells, elliptical handles, and more in seconds. While no product is perfect, using these wraps on high-touch surfaces—whether that’s at the gym, on your shopping cart, or even the handlebars of a bike—could keep you safer thanks to providing you with a barrier between you and whatever you’re touching.
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Outside the gym, other small businesses are doing their part to help people stay safe during their workouts. KleenWraps, for instance, are waterproof grips you can wrap around or slide onto surfaces (think: dumbbells, pull-up bars, even grocery shopping cart handles) to create an antimicrobial barrier against germs. "You have to think about your own level of risk you're willing to accept," says Raymond. "And don't forget that what you do influences whoever you come into contact with."