The Problem: Bacteria

Bacteria are pathogens that cause smelly feet and cross contamination from the floor to other objects.


Recent studies have shown that:

  • Socks facilitate the spread of healthcare-associated pathogens and an underappreciated potential source of health care associated infections (HCAI)[1],

  • Disinfected floors become contaminated again within a few hours[2] after cleaning, and

  • Socks have been detected to contain high levels of contamination with VRE (85%) and MRSA (17%)[3] which can be transferred to other objects or persons via contact.

The Solution: SafeStep BugGuard™

SafeStep socks are treated with a specially formulated compound called BugGuard™ that kills germs.


BugGuard’s unique formulation has been independently lab tested[4] to kill up to 99.9% of bacteria and germs. The unique compound is impregnated into the SafeStep socks material to give you antimicrobial and antibacterial protective properties.


BugGuard works by destroying any bacteria cells upon contact with the treated socks.

SafeStep socks are the only antimicrobial non-slip socks on the market, no other non-slip sock brand offers this unique feature.

SafeStep BugGuard™ Benefits & Guarantee


The BugGuard™ formulation targets bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus), Klebsiella pneumoniae (K. pneumoniae), Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Vancomycin-resistant Enterococci (VRE) and Escherichia coli (E. coli)


The BugGuard™ formulation is non-toxic, causes no irritation or sensitisation to skin and is non-allogenic.


BugGuard™ works with the cotton material to continue providing moisture wicking and cooling features.


BugGuard™ is durable and still provides protective properties even after washing SafeStep socks.

How BugGuard™ Works


The active ingredient in the BugGuard™ formulation bonds molecularly with the cotton fabric in SafeStep socks to form a protective coating upon treatment.


Bacteria and germs make contact with BugGuard’s positive charge coating, which causes the cell to die quickly after contact.


This is due to the socks surface being a positively charged polymer that attracts then electrocutes and ruptures the microbe’s negatively charged cell membrane.


This action by BugGuard™ inhibits the growth of microbes on SafeStep socks by utilising a charge disruption mode of action.


BugGuard™ is a cationic antimicrobial agent that attaches to the microbe's cell wall and disrupts the cell wall's natural protection by interacting with cellular proteins needed to maintain cell wall integrity.


It is this charge-disruption mode of action that is central to the breakdown of the microbial cell, also commonly known as lysis.


The BugGuard™ formulation is a fabric enhancement treatment that gives the SafeStep sock surface active antibacterial action.


The resulting micro polymer coating delivers the germ-killing action which mechanically destroys bacteria.

BugGuard™ Independent Testing & Certification

SafeStep socks treated with BugGuard™ have been independently tested by Bureau Veritas to determine their antimicrobial properties.


Created in 1828, Bureau Veritas is a global leader in Testing, Inspection and Certification (TIC).


They are the preferred certification body based on their high testing standards and global presence as an international agency.


Bureau Veritas assessed the antibacterial properties BugGuard™ treated socks using the AATCC Test Method 100 Assessment of Antibacterial finishes on Textile Materials.


The results of the assessment showed that the BugGuard formulation was responsible for killing up to 99.9% of bacteria and germs tested, as seen in the extract report below.

[1] Welle, et. al. (2019)

[2] Mahida & Boswell (2016)

[3] Mahida & Boswell (2016)

[4] By Bureau Veritas - Technical Report: (2419)312-0071

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