Dryer lint IQ

Dryer lint IQ

It is election season and, recently, I heard one politician describe another as having the IQ of dryer lint. After I stopped laughing – being a “lint head” myself (aka, a textile guy) and prone to a bizarre curiosity about such things – I started thinking about dryer lint. This article is intended to increase awareness and knowledge about the often overlooked subject of dryer lint.

My Mother always yelled “clean out the lint filter!” whenever, as a kid, I put a load of clothes into the dryer. At an early age, I was indoctrinated to the fact that dryer lint is not a good thing. Lint usually comes from fibers shed by clothing, bedding, and towels. It’s mostly comprised of short cotton fibers which become brittle with age and with tumbling in a washer and dryer. Lint fibers break off, clog up the dryer filter or fly off into the air, never to return again. Think about it: The lint retrieved from a dryer filter was part of the “goodness” you originally received when you purchased that bed sheet or towel. You lose a little of that “goodness” every time you launder your bed sheets or towels or favorite tee-shirt.

Lint that isn’t caught in the filter or exhaust vents goes into the air, depositing itself in a fine layer of dust on your furniture – or flies up your nose. Recently, I read a study that identified the potential for spreading air-borne particles in patient rooms, including air-borne particles carrying MRSA infections, when bed linens are changed in hospitals. The article concluded that “Airborne MRSA may play a role in MRSA colonization in the nasal cavity or in respiratory tract MRSA infections.”

In our tests, a set of cotton bed linens lost over one and a half ounces of lint during a year of use, assuming the bedding is washed once per week.

DermaTherapy® bed linens, developed by Precision fabrics, are designed to be lint free. They are woven of yarns formed of continuous filaments, which do not break apart or become brittle with age or use. When cotton and DermaTherapy bedding fabrics were tested by flexing for a four-minute period, DermaTherapy reduced particle generation by 98%!

After washing and drying 175 times to simulate 4+ years of use, DermaTherapy bed linens lost no weight! Under similar conditions, cotton bedding continuously lost fibers and strength, becoming threadbare after about 50 to 75 launderings. DermaTherapy bedding produces no lint during use or during the laundering process and, as such, lasts much longer than cotton bedding.

No dryer lint means that DermaTherapy is indeed a smarter choice!


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