Stop Smells Before They Start.

On unprotected surfaces, mold, bacteria and other micro-organisms can double every 20 minutes. It’s not long before those surfaces—whether found on a pair of socks, or on a shirt or even yoga mat—begin to give off an offensive odor.

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Offensive odor eventually shortens the useful life of the product it’s attached to.

And “attached” is no exaggeration; laundering alone does little to combat the persistent stench. Textiles treated with antimicrobial or odor capture protection, on the other hand, help prevent those odor-causing bacteria from ever taking root or capture the offensive odors within a protective barrier, shielding the "stink" until washing.

Odor Control Solutions from Microban:

  • Prevent sweat and moisture from affecting the freshness of exercise equipment and sportswear.
  • Prevent odor and mildew in footwear, protective wear, shower curtains and towels.
  • Safeguard everything from medical textiles to window coverings.   
  • Trap odor and prevents apparel from giving off an offensive smell during wear and between washings.

Engineering odor control through antimicrobial and odor capture textile technologies is the easy part. Ensuring that the odor control’s effect lasts for the useful life of the product is a bit more complicated. Our engineers, however, meet that challenge head-on every single day. 

We work with customers to define durability requirements as part of the product development process, and we then evaluate durability with industry standards or with customized methods. For example, for textiles and garments that are washed, standard published methods such as AATCC 61-2A or AATCC 135 are used. For articles exposed to light, ASTM methods using accelerated weather meters (e.g. Xenon-Arc) are used. In addition, we’re able to conduct customized experiments to simulate the actual use environment of the article. These include shower simulations, hot vapor exposure, solvent exposure and repeated washing in a dishwasher.