Technology Allows Uniform Wearers to be Comfortable, No Matter the Weather

Jun 18, 2008, 01:00 ET from UniFirst

    WILMINGTON, Mass., June 18 /PRNewswire/ -- No matter how hot or humid
 it may get during the summer, or wet and cold during the fall and winter,
 workers are less prone to feel the weather's effects, thanks to
 nanotech-treated fibers that effectively regulate body temperatures.
     "These nanotech treatments, which involve complex particles bound to
 fibers during the manufacturing process, allow the fabrics to wick
 perspiration away from the skin so moisture evaporates quickly," says
 Robert Isaacson, Director of Marketing for UniFirst Corporation, a leading
 supplier of uniforms and work apparel throughout the U.S. and Canada.
     "And that's a critical factor when it comes to feeling cooler in the
 summer heat, as perspiration trapped on the skin suppresses its ability to
 'breathe,' making workers feel hotter."
     Isaacson notes it's that same basic comfort feature that wicks "chilly"
 moisture away from the body to keep wearers noticeably warmer during colder
     Nanotech treatments are applied at microscopic levels, or 80,000 times
 smaller than the width of a single human hair, to prevent clogging of
 individual fibers and allow fabrics to retain their comfort, protective,
 and draping characteristics.
     Major uniform suppliers and manufacturers, like UniFirst, have
 countless options when choosing fabrics to meet the garment needs of
 today's workforce, Isaacson notes, but it's specially-treated polyesters,
 used in combination with cotton, that have now become the preferred choice
 for tens of millions of uniform wearers because of the overall comfort
 features and the on-the-job durability they provide.
     "Today's polyesters are made from microfibers that are 'spun' for a
 softer touch," Isaacson says. "So, when you combine spun polyester with
 naturally soft cotton, you take work apparel's overall softness up a notch.
 Add in the special wicking treatments and polyester's ability to resist
 wrinkling, soiling, and abrasions, and you truly have -- depending on the
 season -- one of the 'coolest' or 'hottest' of uniforms in the workplace."
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