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How Smart Odor Removal Keeps Mildew Smell out of Clothes

by | Aug 20, 2021 | Apparel, Blog

Odor removal for fabrics and clothing requires the removal of microbes like mold. Superstratum uses smart polymers to create a protective antimicrobial coating on fabrics. Learn how to get mildew smell out of clothes for good. Discover a superior fabric protection technology and odor eliminator spray.

Odor Removal for Clothing and Fabrics

Have you ever noticed a mildew smell on your clothes? You may have smelled it on an old favorite shirt or some used workout apparel. 

Why is it that despite regular washing and cleaning this mildew smell can persist?

Microbes are the source of lingering odors in clothing and fabrics. The average person sheds about 37 million microorganisms every hour onto their clothes. You’re interacting with microbes every moment. From your own body to contact with others, pollution, and contaminated objects. Once microbes have made a home in your clothing, it’s a challenge to remove their odors.

Clothing odor removal products only mask smells. Laundry detergent, fabric softener, or deodorizers fail to address the origin of fabric odors. Microbes on clothing are stubborn and exist at a depth that washing alone cannot eradicate. Cleaning helps by removing superficial microbes, but ones living deep in fabrics can remain. 

A pattern emerges –  you wear, microbes embed You wash, the smell seems better You wear, embedded microbes regrow. The aroma persists

Regrowth of microbes is why older clothes keep their stench even after washing.

How odors are caused by microbes in fabrics

Mildew smells in clothes come back with moisture. Mold and mildew can grow on just about anything, especially on dust and body residue like sweat. So, with the right conditions for mold, your clothing is the perfect home for microbes.

Odor removal does not come from washing and masking the smell. It comes from preventing microbial growth in the fabric. 

This requires a pivot from ‘cleaning’ to ‘protecting.’ 

A long-lasting protection against microbes is the only way to stop this smelly cycle.  Smart polymer technology makes this possible. 

Smart polymers are responsive compounds with the ‘intelligence’ to adapt to different environments. By combining them with EPA-registered antimicrobials, Superstratum provides enduring fabric protection. Superstratum Fabric Odor Protectant prevents mold, mildew, and smells in the face of daily moisture and use. Superstratum is water activated to release antimicrobials and prevent microbes on demand.

Dynamic and long-lasting protection for any situation. Rain or sweat, Superstratum renders persistent odors in your clothing a thing of the past. 

 

Mold Removal is the Way to Remove Odors 

When you do laundry, your clothes appear clean, but from a microscopic perspective, they’re not. Any lingering or recurring smell is evidence of microbes inside the fabric.

Standard laundry and odor removal products can clean odors. But, to actually remove odors in clothing you need to go beyond cleaning. Microbe and mold removal is necessary to prevent odors at the source. The usual way to do laundry provides no lasting protection against microbes. The active ingredients in standard cleaners fail to prevent microbes beyond washing. When clean, but used apparel meets 10% humidity, the cycle of mold growth continues. Some of these cleaning products also pose controversial health risks. 

These are the most common solutions for odor and mold removal in clothes:

    • Detergents – Removes some odor and surface-level microbes but does not eliminate microbes deep in fabric fibers. Odors continue as a result.
    • Bleach – Effective for killing microbes and mold, but it can stain and degrade fabrics over time. The molecule size of bleach is often too large to clean every part of a surface. This causes mold to regrow stronger.
    • Borax – Often used as a bleach alternative to prevent mold and mildew, borax is controversial. Currently, the EU and UK have banned borax because of potential health risks.
    • Quaternary Salts – Salt-based products wash away with moisture and fail to offer lasting antimicrobial protection.
    • Silver Nanoparticles – Nanosilver is added to clothing for antimicrobial and odor-eliminating effects. But, silver washes away and oxidizes with moisture. Nanosilver residue is also potentially toxic and has adverse environmental impacts. Silver-infused products do not last.
    • Dry Cleaning – Dry cleaning only removes the odors caused by microbes. This method is temporary, expensive, and utilizes harsh chemical cleaners.

For lasting fabric odor removal, these methods are like putting a bandage on a bullet wound. A temporary clean is worthless in the long run without protection from recurring growth. For an antimicrobial solution to last on fabric and prevent microbes, it must withstand moisture. None of these solutions do. As a result, recurring microbes continue to dominate, create odor, and break down fabrics over time.

The essential factors for fabric odor removal are:

    1. Remove microbes.
    2. Prevent microbes.

Superstratum Fabric Odor Protectant is both a mold removal and prevention spray.

The smart polymer technology in Superstratum penetrates deep into fabrics to resist moisture and prevent odor-causing microbes. Protection that lasts for up to ten wash/dry cycles. That’s 10x the efficacy of ordinary laundry methods. And because Superstratum is non-toxic and VOC-free, it’s safe to use on even the most used shirts and pants.

 

How to Get Mildew Smell Out of Clothes for Good with Superstratum

The process to remove mold and mildew smells from clothing takes a lot of work and effort.  Remember, mold and mildew will regrow without sustained protection. You will need to repeat the following steps regularly. 

How to get mold and mildew smell out of clothing fabrics:

Step 1 – Gather all articles of clothing with mold or mildew smells.

Step 2 – Wash the clothing in a clean washing machine. Wash with two cycles of hot water. High temperature is imperative; as water over 140℉ kills most fungi. Use detergent for the first cycle. For the second wash, add ½ a cup of baking soda and ½ cup of pure white vinegar to the laundry.

Note – If any clothing or fabric has visible mold, mold has penetrated deep into the material. Hand-washing may be necessary.

Scrub fabrics with a soft bristle brush or toothbrush on smaller areas. Put clothes in a bucket filled with hot water and add ½ a cup of baking soda and 1/2 cup of white vinegar. Let soak for at least 20 minutes before running through two wash cycles with detergent. 

Or, to avoid hand washing, soak clothes overnight in vinegar and baking soda solution and put them through the washing machine the next day.

Step 3 – Dry completely outside in direct sunlight or through a dryer on high heat.

Step 4 – Repeat this process until all traces of mold, mildew, and odor are gone from clothing fabrics.

 

If you want to get mildew smell out of clothes for good, these are the final steps. Superstratum Fabric Odor Protectant is a mold prevention spray for total protection against mold and mildew odors.

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Wash clothes as directed.

 

After washing, use Superstratum on fabrics. Spray both sides of the material.

 

Run the clothing through a dryer on high heat or iron using the “silk” setting.

 

Enjoy protection for 5-10 wash cycles!

 

Superstratum Fabric Odor Protectant is easy to use, and your clothes can enjoy protection against microbes for 5-10 washes. Drying fabrics treated with Superstratum binds smart polymers to your clothing. This provides maximum lasting protection and doubles the length of protection to 10+ wash-dry cycles. 

You can extend the life and quality of your favorite outfit or an entire wardrobe!

 

A Lasting Odor Eliminator Spray

Superstratum eradicates the growth of odor-causing microbes. Making it an advanced and high-performance odor eliminator spray. The secret is smart polymer technology. Smart polymers protect the active ingredients in Superstratum. They can withstand the elements – moisture and abrasion – that undermine standard cleaners. The sustained protection of Superstratum on clothing reduces the need and frequency of laundry.

Superstratum is perfect for older used clothing, sportswear, and outdoor gear. But get creative! The benefits of Superstratum are limitless. Your clothes will smell fresher, longer resulting in less laundry. Superstratum eliminates all traces of microbial growth. 

Superstratum is effective and safe for use on all fabrics, including cotton, nylon, polyester, rayon, acrylic, linen, wool, and more!

 

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A Superior Fabric Protector

Fabric protection for new and old clothing.

Superstratum Fabric Odor Protectant doesn’t just protect clothing against microbes. It also preserves the materials. Smart polymers encase fabric fibers at the deepest level to safeguard their quality. Superstratum goes on clear and is water-resistant to help maintain the aesthetic of your clothes.

With your fabrics protected, you don’t need to wash clothes as often. Less cleaning extends the life of your wardrobe.  Superstratum saves you time and money otherwise spent on laundry and cleaning products. Maintain the quality of fabrics to keep your favorite clothes looking and smelling fresh for longer.

 

Protect Sports Fabric and Apparel

Sports fabrics and workout apparel

Out of all your clothes, workout and athletic apparel need the most protection. Constant cleaning breaks down expensive sports fabrics. Despite regular washing and wearing, sports fabric odors reappear with sweat.  We don’t even need to wear these fabrics to notice their musty smell. Because sports fabric and apparel experience so much action and sweat, microbes thrive. As a result, it’s disturbingly common for residual mold and bacteria to regrow on these items when stored between washes.

Superstratum Fabric Odor Protectant is the perfect match for sports fabrics. After a quick spray, smart polymers form an invisible barrier on apparel and gear to prevent odor-causing microbes.  Your most worn sports fabrics will last longer and smell fresher than cleaning alone could ever do. 

 

A Powerful Odor Neutralizer Spray

Outdoor recreation like hunting and hiking need protection from microbes.

Hunters and outdoors people know all too well the importance of neutralizing odors and scents. On some hunting or hiking trips, you need odor removal to prevent the unwanted attention of wildlife. To go undetected, many hunters rely on neutralizing human smells. Natural or unnatural.

Superstratum doesn’t cover up smells; it neutralizes the source. Smart polymers coat outdoor apparel to leave you scent-free for the entirety of your pursuit and beyond. Outdoor recreation exposes clothing and gear to high moisture levels via humidity, rain, or sweat. Superstratum is water resistant and any moisture activates the smart polymers to release antimicrobials for sustained protection. Apply a smart protective coating to any outdoor gear or apparel!

Preventing microbes and odors has never been easier. Superstratum Fabric Odor Protectant neutralizes odors at the source. Experience an adaptive and smarter odor neutralizer spray. You’ll enjoy a new level of outdoor freedom!

 

Superstratum welcomes you to a new era of fabric odor removal –

with smarter protection.

Try Superstratum for yourself to see the difference.

 

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