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What Is SilverCare™?
An increased consumer demand for energy-saving products prompted Samsung to develop a system to use silver, widely known for its antibacterial properties, in your washing machine. Pure silver atoms have an electron stripped away by electrolysis during the wash and rinse cycles, which releases up to 400 billion silver ions that then penetrate deep into the fabric to sanitize clothing without the need for hot water or bleach.
Here's how it works:
- A grapefruit-sized device alongside the tub uses two pure silver plates the size of large chewing gum sticks.
- The resulting positively charged silver ions (Ag+) are sprayed into the tub during the wash cycle.
- The ionic solution penetrates laundry and coats the individual fibers with the ions. According to National Science Foundation tests, this process removed or killed greater than 99.9% of tested bacteria.
Microorganisms found in washing machines can cause odors. Some bacteria are able to survive the rigors of regular washing and in some cases grow and multiply to form biofilm inside of the washing machine. Samsung's SilverCare™ Technology attacks many bacteria and mold species inside the washer, sanitizing the drum of the machine as well as all of its internal parts.
Samsung's SilverCare™ Technology provides a 92% energy savings over hot water sanitization. Extra delicate blouses, shirts, or even lingerie that can't be washed in hot water can now be sanitized effectively without the adverse effects of hot water washing that is normally a concern with those types of articles.
For 2007 and earlier models, the silver plates are guaranteed for 10 years or 3,000 SilverCare™ cycles, whichever comes first. For 2008 and newer models, the silver plates last 1000 cycles. The plates can easily be replaced by a service technician when needed.
Depending on the options selected, using SilverCare™ will add between 10 and 24 minutes to a full wash cycle.
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