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Stay Fresh® Receives EPA Registration

Gainesville, Fla.-based Quick-Med Technologies Inc.'s Stay Fresh® antimicrobial technology has received U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registration for use in textile applications such as apparel, automotive upholstery, carpeting and interior furnishings.

The technology involves bonding of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) onto fibers or fabrics to provide durable antimicrobial performance against a wide range of bacteria, viruses, fungi, mold, mildew and algae. Quick-Med reports it helps to preserve the fabric, and acts against perspiration odor and prevents staining from perspiration even after 75 launderings. The company also reports Stay Fresh is the first commercially viable technology for bonding H2O2 onto a textile, and is the only antimicrobial technology incorporating H2O2 that has received EPA approval for antimicrobial preservation of textiles. The treatment can be applied cost-effectively using conventional textile processes, and is non-leaching and skin-friendly. Treated textiles can be laundered using conventional methods without affecting the antimicrobial function or causing discoloration. In addition, the treatment does not restrict the use of softeners or antistatic, moisture-wicking or other fabric treatments.

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