Body odor is an embarrassment which every body would have faced in one or the other time. The stench of sweat or dirt may put a person in discomfiture, while with others. People look for clothes that smell good, and remain fresh for a longer time, thereby boosting their confidence. They expect specialized finishes that control body odor and remain fresh for a longer time.
A recent survey reveals that 51% of the participated men expressed their willingness to pay more for apparels manufactured with special treatments to control body odor and enhance freshness. Outfits such as socks, shirts, and slacks were their choice. 45% of the women participants were willing to pay more for specially treated clothing such as intimate apparels, tops, bed linens, etc. Both men and women communicated strong preferences for buying bed linens, towels and other home textiles that are freshness enhanced.
Application of Anti microbial Agents:
Textile fibres induce the growth of microbes like bacteria, and viruses, which is aggravated by humid and warm environment. Therefore antimicrobial agents are used in textiles to protect the wearer and the textile substrate itself. Chitosan is an antimicrobial agent derived from Chitin, which is found in crustacean shells. Coating the textiles with Chitosan is advantageous as they posses immunological effect. Numerous natural herbs are available which can be used to give special treatment to fabrics. Silver is a natural antimicrobial which is used for many centuries. With the technological advancements in nanotechnology, silver particles are produced in nano scale such as 4nm which is used in dispersions of nano silver particles to give special finishing in textiles.
Antimicrobial agents are applied in textiles through exhaust, pad-dry-cure, spray, coating, and foam techniques. They can also be added directly into the fibre spinning dope. Antimicrobial finishing in fabrics have potential applications in manufacturing uniforms, tents, defense textiles and geo textiles.
Apparels with Cyclodextrin finish:
Cyclodextrin is produced from starch through enzymatic conversion. It posses a cylindrical structure which acts like a host and can absorb guest molecules inside the structure and release them later on. This hydrophobic cavity present in cyclodextrin molecules can react as odor impeding property in textiles. The hydrophobic cavities are capable to absorb and store sweat and odor from the environment. Once their storage capacity is finished, they will not work any longer. Their capacity can be renewed through washing the garment. Yet another possibility of cyclodextrin finishing on garments is to fill the substance with perfume through a spray or through a softener in laundry. When the apparel is worn, the perfume is released from the substance blocking the body odor.
Various special finishes are applied on the textiles to remove bad odor. Textiles and apparels have the biggest consumer base. Advances in this field and focus in customer oriented products has a lucrative market. Textile enhancement is expected to become a trillion dollar industry in the next decade, with incredible economic, technological and ecological benefits.
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