South Korea’s Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics recently said their clothes refreshers can disinfect face masks using sanitisation features. Citing research by Chonnam National University, LG claimed its Tromm Styler, a clothes care appliance, can kill over 99.9 per cent of the virus found in face masks when using its disinfection cycle. After testing KF94 and cotton masks, the research team found that LG’s steam closet system can remove viruses, like influenza A, adenovirus, herpes and porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, a type of coronavirus that is different from COVID-19, according to the company.

LG said KF94 mask’s filtering function remains intact even after running the sanitization cycle three times, citing test results from the Korea Apparel Testing and Research Institute, a South Korean news agency reported. Samsung said its latest garment care appliance, Air Dresser, also adopted a mask disinfection course that can eliminate 99.9 per cent of germs found in KF94 and N95 masks. Following the novel coronavirus outbreaks this year, Samsung and LG have been also emphasizing sanitisation features in their home appliance products.

LG has been advertising its latest STEAM ThinQ dryer uses its ‘TrueSteam’ technology that focuses on sterilising bacteria and allergens. Samsung said its Grande artificial intelligence dryer comes with better hygiene features to deal with dust, water residue and rust.