Allergen Free Textiles in your Bedroom

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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Luxurious Hotel Sheets made from Lyocell in your Home

Looking for those fabulous hotel sheets where you got your best night’s sleep?

I love them too! In the sanctuary of your bedroom, your bed sheets and bed linens are truly personal statements. The sheets we love have custom thread counts, beautiful designs, special materials and other soft crisp luxurious benefits that require careful consideration before your next investment.

Slipping in between soft, clean and freshly laundered sheets is one of life’s greatest pleasures.  The anticipation of a great night’s sleep on luxurious sheets cannot be beat! Again, those luxurious sheets we all love can be made with varying design elements like high thread counts, all-natural fibers, smooth finishes, and that special cool feel only add to the allure.

Currently, the most difficult decision when buying bed sheets is between materials. The highest quality options on the market are luxurious, silky and sumptuous crisp sheets. Yea, you know the ones. Maybe, on your last stay away from home you slept on a pair of those sheets and cannot stop thinking about them?

While searching for those sheets for myself, I ran across an incredible company that supplies those soft, sumptuous and inviting sheets, Living Fresh by Valley Forge.

Tencel or Lyocell fiber sheets are stylish, modern, and suited to any decor.

To my surprise the sheets I ended up getting, dreamed of and now dream in are made of Tencel or Lyocell fibers by the Lenzing company.

Interestingly enough, while I was an Adjunct Professor at the Philadelphia College of Textile & Science in the 1990’s, a fellow graduate student was working on her master’s thesis in Textile Engineering. Her focus was an overall  performance criteria around ring spun yarns and knitted fabrics produced with Tencel or Lyocell fibers. This was during the time of Tencel’s introduction to the fiber market.

If you need more comfortable sheets to get a deeper sleep, these are the sheets to consider.

The Tencel fiber integrated into Lyocell sheets from Living Fresh are designed to channel moisture away from your body. As such,  you will be kept cool all night long. The surfaces are smooth, and the layers do not stick to each other. All of this results in a comfortable, cool and less constricting sleep environment. I love these sheets!

What is the Tencel or Lyocell Fabric?

Natural fibers like silk or cotton may seem the most obvious options when choosing bed linens or sheets for the sake of comfort or luxury. However, Tencel, the brand name of the Lyocell fiber, deserves equal consideration for its affordability, versatility, silky feel and incredibly comfort-ability that keeps you cool at night.

Lyocell also has an environmentally conscious production process.  Lenzing Fibers Incorporated, the manufacture of Lyocell, boasts that their product is as Eco-friendly as it  is economical. Before we learn more about the fiber and it’s production, let’s look at some advantages and disadvantages.

Advantages of Tencel / Lyocell Fabric

  • Green or Eco-Friendly Print
    Lyocell fibers are made from the natural cellulose found in wood pulp. The fiber is economical in its use of energy and natural resources, and is fully biodegradable.
  • Color Rich
    Lyocell was created with color in mind, because of the fibers’ high absorbency. The fabrics can be dyed to high quality standards.
  • Moisture Absorbency
    The Lyocell fiber Eco-friendly fabric has a natural air permeability or “breath-a-bility.”  Moreover, the fiber has a 50% greater moisture absorption rate compared to cotton. That reason alone has found the fiber to have tremendous market success in the baby wipes business. But, for those of us that love cool crisp sheets that remain cool throughout the night, Lyocell fabrics will provide us this comfort because of this property.
  • Anti-bacterial
    Due to its moisture management, Lyocell is also considered anti-bacterial.
  • Feel of Fabric
    Lyocell is very similar to rayon in feel (i.e., our fist synthetic Silk). Soft, breathable, lightweight and comfortable. Tencel has an extremely smooth, soft surface (i.e., the “hand” of a fabric) that drapes beautifully.
  • Great for Sensitive Skin
    Lyocell’s smooth fiber surface feels soft and supple against the skin, and its incredible wicking abilities keep the skin dry, making Tencel a great fabric for sensitive skin (i.e., the high moisture absorption property).
  • Versatility
  • This Eco-friendly fabric has what is referred to as controllable fibrillation (i.e., Fibrillation is the longitudinal splitting of a single fiber into microfibers). In other words, the very fine hairs found on the outer surface of the parent fibers can be manipulated to create a suede-like softness to a silky smooth finish. However, this positive attribute can lead to advanced pilling and early fabric deformation if not properly cared for. Follow this link for further information.
  • Durability
  • The Lyocell fiber can withstand a beating both wet and dry. Moreover,  Lyocell is resistant to wrinkles. Lyocell fabrics are easily treated with cross linking agents that create the wrinkle-free advantage.

Eco-Friendly Status

Lyocell is often considered an environmentally friendly fabric because it comes from renewable sources, is biodegradable, and is made in a closed-loop system that recycles almost all of the chemicals used. The raw materials needed to make it also take up much less land and water than those needed for comparable materials like cotton. Lyocell is made with eucalyptus trees that are grown without pesticides or artificial irrigation. Furthermore, the Eucalyptus trees are grown on farms certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (F.S.C.). This certification means that the Eucalyptus trees are grown and replaced on specialized tree farms in effort to support our forests and environment. To learn more about F.S.C. mission click here.

Within the solvent spinning process that produces Tencel®, a closed loop circuit recovers, purifies and reuses the solvent up to 99.5 percent, yielding very little by product.

How can a silky soft and supple fiber be made from a tree? Read more about the Lenzing process here

Are you looking for perfect bedding that won’t leave you feeling trapped?

Then, Tencel or Lyocell fabrics should be on your list.

Tencel keeps or wicks moisture away from your body. As such, you and your sheets feel cooler. Better yet,  those luxurious sheets will not cling to your body. Above that aspect alone, I love the light and comfortable feel of these sheets.

Feel & Comfort

The unique manufacturing process shows itself in the texture you feel when sliding into bed.

Tencel is smoother than silk, but some users report it’s more akin to cotton. This makes sense because of the natural items used in production. Lyocell fibers are typically supplied as staple fibers and blended with other natural fibers (i.e., like cotton and silk) to create or engineer specific textile properties. However, it is not as stiff as some cotton sheets can feel.

If you enjoy the unique feel, you will love the comfort it affords you. Because Lyocell fibers and fabric wicks moisture away, you won’t feel uncomfortably hot at night. Again, these sheets don’t cling to each other too, so you’ll also feel free inside the bed just like the first time you slip under the covers.

If this is the environment you love sleeping in, you have found your bedding solution.

Try them in your beach, shore or coastal home for that extra get-a-away feeling.

What are you looking for the most to improve your sleep?

If it’s about falling asleep faster and sleeping without waking up sweaty, these sheets will be valuable to you and worth the investment.

Again, bed sheets are highly personal. Compare your requirements with what these quality sheets offer you. Is it what you’ve been looking for all along?

Who Should Buy Lyocell Sheets?

If you need more comfortable sheets to get more sleep and a deeper sleep, these are the sheets to consider.

These sheets are designed to channel moisture away from your body. As such, you will be kept cool all night long. The surfaces are smooth, and the sheet layers do not stick to each other. All of the inherent Lyocell fiber properties and designed fabric performance results in a comfortable, cool and non constricting sleep environment. The feeling is reminiscent of our baby papoose.

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