The EverShield fabric protection was developed to meet the demands of the US Army

The EverShield fabric protection was developed to meet the demands of the US Army

A fabric protection treatment developed to meet a challenge set by the US Army for a “self-cleaning” uniform” has now gone into production.

The new EverShield fabric protection is said to deflect water, food, oil, acids and alkalines, mud, concrete and the formation of ice, is easy to apply, colourfast, and does not affect breathability, according to developer UltraTech International.

Marketing manager Mario Cruz said a team spent over six years developing the fabric treatment product that would meet the demands of the Army, using the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) programme.

When the SBIR was complete UltraTech obtained the worldwide licensing rights to the product. “UltraTech continued developing the technology and preparing it for commercialisation, and in March 2015 we had our first production run of EverShield,” he told just-style.

A Durable Omni Repellent (DOR), the fabric protection establishes a polymer coating that encases each fibre of the material, significantly increasing durability through a complex, protective matrix. The coating maintains performance levels of long chain fluorocarbons while utilising more acceptable C6 fluoropolymers, and because it is created with no volatile organic compounds (VOCs), it has a smaller environmental impact over time.

Unlike some Durable Water Repellents (DWR), EverShield treated fabrics can be washed at standard temperatures.