3 Considerations When Researching Odor Control Technology

As odor control technology continues to evolve, there are more and more companies entering the market with innovative odor solutions. It is important to know what to consider when researching odor control technology before making a purchase decision for your company.

Not all odor control technologies are created equally. They are formulated to target specific odor types. In fact, Microban is one of the few companies in the market today that has developed several proprietary odor control technologies.

So, we’ve compiled a list of 3 considerations to help you when researching odor control technology that can be built into your products.

1. What is the odor source and the problem?

Are the problem odors caused by bacterial by-products, environmental, body odors, foot odors, pet or mold and mildew?

Some odors embed themselves in synthetic fabrics and create “permastink” which is difficult to remove with launderings. Antimicrobial odor control technologies help prevent bacterial and fungal odor buildup on textiles, foam and fiberfill. They prevent bacteria from breaking organic-based matter down into malodorous compounds. Odor Capture Technologies adsorb volatile odors produced by metabolic degradation of human secretions and captures odors that can transfer to the textile from external sources.

With the introduction of Scentry Odor Control, Microban is committed to understanding the science of odors and finding innovate odor control solutions to improve the performance of your textiles, foams and fiberfill.

2. How does the odor solution integrate with our product manufacturing process?

When researching odor control technology, it is essential to consider if the odor solution will integrate easily with your product design and manufacturing operations.

Think through the following manufacturing process questions when working with your partner for odor solutions:

  • Is it simple to apply odor control technology to our fabric types?
  • Will this add extra steps to our manufacturing process?
  • Is the odor control technology compatible with other auxiliaries?
  • What is the efficacy and durability requirements of the odor control technology on the product?
  • Does it have the appropriate governmental registrations and will it fit your environmental profile?

For example, Microban’s Scentry Odor Control was primarily developed for polyester-based active wear. including garments and footwear. Microban worked in test environments with a variety of active and sportswear brand partners to refine their odor control formula while ensuring it would be durable yet easily-applied during product development and manufacturing.

Before deciding to purchase a specific odor solution for your products, it is essential to understand your needs and find the technology that best fits all your criteria.

3. Can odor control technology be built into all of our products?

Lastly, consider the ideal applications and uses of an odor solution to determine if the technology is a good fit for your company’s product line. For athletes, improved wicking properties and odor capture is critical to staying in the game and maximizing performance. Odor control products can provide many benefits to active wear brands and consumers.

Specifically designed for the outdoor industry, Scentry is designed to extend odor control product life of active wear by capturing odors. Microban currently works with Rogers Foam, Reebok socks, Soft-Tex home textiles, Sof Sole shoe inserts, Calvin Klein underwear and Teva footwear.

Considering a technology geared towards your industry and use case is key to designing and producing successful odor control products.

Interested in learning more about, Microban’s odor control technologies? Contact us today.