Devan Chemicals, a textile finisher, just launched this past summer of 2018 an updated technology that helps textiles to become free from allergens shed by cats and dogs. Their new product is called Purissimo™. It is a probiotic-based solution that is completely natural, which was inspired by their experience with Purotex®.
Purotex is a textile treatment technology that uses five 100% natural bacteria or probiotics. The probiotics are selected for their ability to clean up house dust mite allergen along with other allergen types. The active probiotics are placed inside of millions of capsules and are introduced during the textile production. These human friendly bacteria remain non-active until friction force is created.
Purotex has been used to help alleviate excessive allergens in your bedroom. When friction is created between the mattress/pillow and the sleeper’s body the probiotics are activated. Under the friction force a small part of the capsules is opened and probiotics become active. The probiotics saturate the bacterial capacity of the textile and by doing so, reduce the risk of dust mite allergen development and growth of molds and harmful bacteria.
How does it work:
1. Inactive probiotics are encapsulated and integrated in the textiles.
2. Friction between body and mattress opens the micro-capsules.
3. The probiotics absorb humidity and self-activate: they start to clean up allergens.
Devan Chemicals has been able to demonstrate that probiotic bacteria can be used to neutralize dust mite’s allergens present in textiles. This technology is based on 2 principles.
Principle 1: probiotic bacteria must survive on textiles
The probiotic bacteria used in Purotex® have the ability to sporulate. A spore is a reproductive structure that is adapted for surviving in un-favorable conditions for many years. The sporulation process makes it possible for bacteria to survive hard conditions and regain activity as soon as environmental parameters improve.
Principle 2: probiotic bacteria must survive wash cycles
In order to work over long term, spores should be slowly liberated. The spores are therefore micro encapsulated in reactive microcapsules, which are microcapsules with functional reactive groups on the shell surface. Those microcapsules react covalently with the reactive groups of the fibre and are therefore resistant to washes. The capsules break by friction and release the spores, which in contact with food sources, will transform to probiotic bacteria and will start to consume the allergens of the dust mite.
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