Appropriate solution for technical textiles

Robust demand for an appropriate solution exists

Provide unrivaled value with TERSUS LCO2

Industrial laundry operations are built upon a pivotal assumption - that water is the most appropriate solvent for achieving cleanliness and producing value for customers. However, water is a less than ideal solvent for cleaning many garments, particularly those with technical performance characteristics that protect men and women in some of the most demanding jobs. 

Every day around the world, men and women depend on personal protective equipment (PPE), reflective gear, and technical outer wear to perform tasks such as oil/gas extraction, law enforcement, and firefighting. Their health and safety depends on the quality, condition, and longevity of their workwear. The choice of how to clean and decontaminate that technical gear has serious implications for worker health and safety. 

Whether individuals launder gear at home or their employers provide that service, traditional water-based methods undermine the technical function and garment longevity. The combination of water, soap, and mechanical agitation accelerates the degradation of technical coatings (e.g. FR, water repellency, anti-microbial) and degrades fiber strength (see our previous post on fiber damage in water). In many cases, water does not properly remove contaminants that create serious health hazards for wearers. 

Individuals and organizations are beginning to appreciate the limitations of water-based cleaning when handling these types of technical garments. Organizations acknowledge that existing water-based cleaning procedures insufficiently clean and protect workers, contributing to health concerns and add costs to replace garments. All this is creating demand for an appropriate and accessible solution to clean technical workwear. 

Forward-thinking garment service organizations are beginning to cater to that demand using the TERSUS LCO2 Solution. Where water fails, TERSUS LCO2 provides unique decontaminating properties, gentle processing action, and eliminates harsh chemicals and heat use. 

Our analysis reveals the extent of damage to garment integrity done by water through conventional cleaning processes. to garment integrity. TERSUS LCO2 provides superior cleaning and decontamination power for military and fire turnout gear, among other technical outer wear. Our studies confirm the removal of toxins and odors while preserving unique technical features. Likewise, TERSUS LCO2 preserves garment life to reduce replacement requirements, reducing costs and improving margins

TERSUS is working with leaders in each of these industries to redefine cleaning, decontamination, and care procedures to extend garment life and performance. Our goal: to ensure worker health and safety by enabling textile-related companies to provide a superior product and service.

By deploying TERSUS LCO2 systems with our partners, we're learning the real value of using the appropriate process to clean and decontaminate technical gear. 

The results: 

  • Less residual toxins in next-to-skin gear --> healthier employees
  • Increased garment life --> maintain performance, improve margins & corporate value
  • Lower utility usage --> better environmental footprint & lower costs

We perceive robust demand for an appropriate solution for servicing technical workwear. Where water fails, TERSUS LCO2 offers an unrivaled solution to enhance customer and corporate value. 

Contact us to learn more about the best practices we're developing and how to improve customer service by adding new technical garment processing capability via the TERSUS Solution. 

Brit GibsonComment