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Introducing the shirt that repels stains

January 30th, 2014 Category: Office Cleaning

When your child walks through the door after school with grass and mud on their shirt, do you suddenly think about how much scrubbing you’ll need to do to get rid of the stains? Thanks to a 'self-cleaning' shirt, stains could soon be a thing of the past.

After months of research, Aamir Patel, a 20-year-old college student, has created Silic – a stain-repelling shirt. He claims the material is impervious to even the most ruinous of liquids, including maple syrup and mustard.

A video on Kickstarter.com shows how the shirt can withstand stains even after being attacked with fizzy drinks, juices and as well as coffee.

The Smithsonian Magazine says Mr Patel created his invention by embedding the material with silica particles. The shirt can retain its stain repellency after 80 wash cycles. The fabric is soft, breathable and fashionable, according to its creator.

He added that the bonded material is safe and even contains anti-microbial properties to maintain a fresh, clean garment. 

According to Mr Patel, the Silic has proven, in tests, to be hydrophobic, which means it can shed water at a high contact angle, turning droplets into 150-degree orbs that tumble right off – like water off a duck’s back!

He told the magazine: “The hardest part was beta testing the fabric to make sure it sustained the washing cycle.”

"By the end, the product had roughly a one and a half year life cycle, after trying several prototypes and switching our supplier. It was well worth the effort."

The shirts aren’t yet available for sale as Mr Patel is still raising funds in order to launch the product properly. However, donating money to his cause may mean he puts one aside for you, as one man found out when he gave Mr Patel $48 (£29). 

Just before you find your chequebook, the shirt isn’t really 100 per cent stain repellent, as it can’t resist them all. It is unable to offer protection against oil-based liquids or the oil the skin produce. 

This means it will inevitably need to be washed every once in a while to get rid of any sweat stains, however,Mr Patel is working on it.

The thought of stain repellent clothing might give you the motivation you need to scrub the grass stains out of the sleeves of little Timmy’s school shirt.

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