Turn your clothing into shelter

Shedding light on your SunGuard questions.

What is SunGuard?
SunGuard is a revolutionary skincare product that affordably washes sun protection into your everyday clothing, helping to block more than 96% of the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays from reaching your skin. SunGuard will invisibly shield you from both UVA and UVB rays.

Why do I need SunGuard?
Your clothes are often not adequate to fully absorb the skin-damaging UV rays of the sun. For example, a typical white cotton tee-shirt has an Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) rating of 5 or less. SunGuard will increase your sun protection 6 times, providing a UPF rating of 30.

What is UPF?
UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) is a scientific measurement of a material’s capacity to prevent harmful UV rays from reaching your skin. It is similar to the SPF number denoting the effectiveness of sunscreens, except that UPF measures both UVB and UVA radiation blocked. (SPF measures the blockage of UVB radiation only.) Factors such as tighter knit or weave, thickness, and dark color can increase a fabric’s UPF.

How does SunGuard work?
SunGuard’s active ingredient is TINOSORB® FD, a time-tested UV protectant created by Europe’s Ciba labs. SunGuard invisibly penetrates a garment’s fibers – so your clothes absorb UV rays rather than allowing them to pass through fabric. Simply add one package of SunGuard to the washer along with your detergent. Follow the fabric care instructions on your clothes, and use the hottest water safe for your fabric. Allow at least 15 minutes of agitation or soaking time, then rinse and dry as usual. SunGuard works best without the addition of chlorine bleach. You can, however, use bleach during future washings without compromising SunGuard’s protection.

How much protection does SunGuard provide?
A single treatment of SunGuard will block over 96% of UV rays from passing through clothes, and provide a UPF 30 protection rating.

How often should I use SunGuard?
One treatment with SunGuard will provide protection for up to
20 washings.

Is SunGuard affordable? 
Yes. Because its protection lasts through 20 washings, your cost is only pennies per garment. Compared to buying custom garments made of specialized UPF-rated fabric, the savings is significant — as is the sgrb_goodhousekeeping comfort of wearing your own everyday clothing.

Will SunGuard change my clothing?
SunGuard will not change the texture, color, comfort or breathability of your clothes, even after repeated treatments. SunGuard is safe for all washable fabrics such as cotton, linen, rayon and silk.

Is SunGuard recommended for children’s clothing?
SunGuard is safe for children’s clothing, and can be used on clothing for children six months and older.

Is SunGuard recommended for people with sensitive skin?
SunGuard is safe to use for people with sensitive skin.

How do I know SunGuard is effective in blocking the sun’s harmful rays?
SunGuard has the Skin Cancer Foundation’s Seal of Recommendation, which assures consumers that the product meets the rigorous criteria of the foundation’s Photobiology Committee and achieves the ultraviolet protection rating indicated. Additionally, SunGuard is recommended by the Good Housekeeping Institute.

Is SunGuard endorsed by dermatologists?
Yes, SunGuard is recommended by dermatologists who encourage their patients to make every effort to protect their skin from the sun.

If SunGuard-treated clothing becomes wet, does it still work?
The effectiveness of SunGuard on fabrics is the same, wet or dry.

Can SunGuard be sprayed onto a beach umbrella to reduce sun penetration?
We do not recommend spraying a SunGuard solution onto a beach umbrella, or any fabric, to reduce sun penetration. To achieve full protection, it is necessary for the fabric to be immersed in a solution of SunGuard and warm water for a minimum of 15 minutes.

Are there fabrics which cannot be treated with SunGuard?
Synthetic fibers, such as polyester, acetate, acrylic and nylon, cannot be effectively treated using SunGuard.

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  • Washes UPF 30 sun protection into everyday clothing
  • Blocks more than 96% of the sun's harmful rays
  • Protection lasts through 20 future washings
  • No need to buy special garments

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A typical white cotton tee-shirt has an Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) rating of 5 or less. Sunguard will increase your sun protection 6 times, providing a UPF rating of 30.

Because SunGuard's protection lasts through 20 washings, your cost is only pennies per garment. Compared to buying custom garments made of specialized UPF-rated fabric, the savings is significant - as is the comfort of wearing your own everyday clothing.