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Published on October 9th, 2020 | by The GC Team

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Beko’s new appliance range eliminates more than 99% of bacteria and viruses, including coronavirus

Beko has launched a range of appliances including a UV cleaning cabinet which disinfects items such as keys, phones, and packaged goods from supermarkets, using UV light technology, heat and steam to zap bacteria and viruses.

The new portfolio comprises seven appliances with in-built programmes and functions to disinfect packaged food and belongings to help people adjust to the “new normal” at home. Developed as a result of in-depth global consumer research, the HygieneShieldTM product line has the power to kill more than 99% of bacteria and viruses (including coronavirus), providing a level of reassurance “unrivalled” in the marketplace.

Beko pointed out that many of us are disinfecting supermarket purchases when we get home, worrying about handling mobile phones and keys, or not bringing coats into the house. People have increased the amount of cleaning and laundry in their homes, with some disinfecting bedding for the first time.

Hakan Bulgurlu , CEO of Beko parent Arçelik, said the technologies used in the products are being independently tested by Airmid Health Group, a respected biomedical research organisation. “As of today,” he stated, “ HygieneShieldTM washing machines, washer dryers, ovens and refrigerators have been shown to provide more than 99% virus reduction.”

UV cleaning cabinet

Coronavirus can survive for five days on smooth surfaces, so the cabinet uses UV light technology to clean items used outside the home or those consumers are concerned about. Keys, phones, wallets, packaged goods from supermarkets, plastic bags, baby bottles and toys can all be safely cleaned in a 20-40-minute cycle without damage.  

Combi refrigerator with disinfection drawer

The refrigerator has a disinfection drawer above the crisper, which disinfects food items in their original and sealed packaging, eliminating more than 99% of bacteria and viruses in approximately 40 minutes using UV light technology distributed over the compartment.

Tumble dryer with UV light technology

The tumble dryer eliminates bacteria and viruses and provides disinfection for laundry items in a safe and convenient way. The UV Hygienic Refresh programme refreshes up to six dry pieces of clothing; the UV Hygienic Drying programme dries and sanitises up to 5 kg of washed laundry, even at low temperatures. 

HygieneShieldTM  washing machine and washer dryer

With a smart algorithm, an additional heater channel and fan system, the washing machine and washer dryer uses a hygiene therapy programme which fills the drum with hot air to keep the laundry at 60°C to thoroughly sanitise items, without water. More than 99% of viruses and bacteria are eliminated from 2kg of clothes in 58 minutes without the use of chemicals and extra water.

Built-in oven with saturated steam and heat

This oven cooks and cleans using the disinfecting power of saturated steam and heat, with two separate programmes involving both heat and steam working at 70°C and 120°C respectively. Use of the oven at 70°C for 15 minutes will disinfect the surfaces of packaged food and make the outside of baked goods more hygienic, without affecting either taste or structure. Use of the oven at 120°C for 20 minutes will disinfect items such as metal bowls and glass products.

HygieneShieldTM  dishwasher

Steam mist generated from using higher temperatures and additional hot rinsing ensures that the entire surface of every dish is germ-free. Dishwashers with the HygieneIntense function can be used with every programme, providing disinfection using higher temperatures of 60°C (during main wash) and 70°C (hot rinsing). The technology also means the temperatures can be held above 60 degrees for 50 minutes to disinfect kitchen items. The HygieneIntense function provides an additional rinsing step to increase the levels of hygiene. This technology has been independently tested by Rhine Waal University.

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