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May 19, 2020

Garmon develops ‘Safe Wear’ garment protection

Apparel chemicals specialist Garmon has developed a ‘Safe Wear’ line of products it says offers extra protection to garments.

By Michelle Russell

Apparel chemicals specialist Garmon has developed a ‘Safe Wear’ line of products it says offers extra protection to garments.

The Safe Wear line, Garmon’s first endeavour into performance finishes, provides solutions for the industrial laundry and manufacturing processes that address consumers’ demand for safety, given the current health concerns in the world.

The goal of the new line is to make people feel safe and comfortable living their lives outdoors again. “In a few months, the world has changed in a way that no one expected, and things we once considered normal – like eating in restaurants or taking public transportation – are now considered risky,” says Kimberly Nelson, president of parent company Kemin Textile Auxiliaries. “Being based in Italy and San Marino, we have seen first-hand the tremendous impact of the pandemic. People want to protect themselves as much as possible, and that includes the garments they wear.”

The Safe Wear line has been designed to include different technologies, levels of protection and price points.

HeiQ Viroblock NPJ03 is the most advanced product in the line. Created by HeiQ, a Swiss company of which Kemin Industries is part owner, HeiQ Viroblock has a strong, patent-pending antiviral and antibacterial effect against enveloped viruses – including coronaviruses – and bacteria. It has been designed to stay active on treated garments for 30 gentle domestic washes.

Two of the other products in the Safe Wear line, Sani-tex and Elam Sani-tex, are easy solutions to remove germs and bacteria from garments, ensuring hygiene standards. 

Due to their composition and based on some of the most useful and versatile active sanitising contents, the application of Sani-tex and Elam Sani-tex on garments removes a variety of microorganisms and different types of viruses, in particular lipophilic viruses (e.g. herpes simplex, vaccinia, influenza, and adenovirus).

All the products in Garmon’s new Safe Wear line have been designed for application in the last phase of garment finishing, either alone or in combination with a compatible softener. Safe Wear products have been tested to be suitable for any kind of fibre, including natural, synthetic or blends.

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