Ultra-Fresh to protect you and your family
Ultra-Fresh is an antimicrobial treatment applied during manufacturing to add a powerful benefit to many different products. Bring an Ultra-Fresh treated product – let’s say a crib mattress, or sports clothing, or a new set of towels – into your life. It will actively discourage and destroy many of the bacteria and fungi that create unpleasant smells and staining, keeping items cleaner and fresher. Some Ultra-fresh treatments even control dust mites which are a trigger for allergens and asthma. Look for the Ultra-Fresh name and logo when you are shopping for clothing, home textiles, cleaning materials and many other personal and domestic items. It’s an assurance of long life for the product, and lasting freshness for you and your family.
How Ultra-Fresh works
Some bacteria are good friends to the human race. The live culture in yogurt, for example, is a form of bacteria that helps us digest food and stay healthy.
And some are just a nuisance. In warm, damp, environments they create unpleasant smells, stain fabrics, and weaken many kinds of plastic. Mold, mildew and body odor are caused by bacteria and by microscopic fungi.
Ultra-Fresh is an antimicrobial treatment, designed to limit the growth of bacteria and fungi. Originally intended for use only on fabrics, it has, over its 50 years of ever-growing acceptance, found uses in a much wider range of materials – plastics, mattresses, paints, and flooring among them.
Ultra-Fresh is effective because it attacks the problem at its source. Ultra-Fresh is not a spray-on, it is part of the product, a key ingredient of the materials from which the product is made. In clothing, its effectiveness will last the life of the garment, through repeated washes and dry cleanings. The pictures to the right show under a microscope an untreated textile sample covered in mold and mildew and an Ultra-Fresh treated sample which will not support mildew growth.
Ultra-Fresh was created over 50 years ago by Thomson Research Associates, in Toronto, Canada. It is now used by over 500 manufacturers in over 40 countries. To ensure that all products carrying the Ultra-Fresh name will deliver on the brand’s promise, regular tests are carried out on samples of treated materials at the Ultra-Fresh microbiological laboratories.
Here is how two of those tests are carried out.