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Frequently Asked Questions

Benefits

Overview

Effectiveness

Fabric Care

Safety

 

Benefits

What are the benefits of medical apparel treated with antimicrobial and fluid barrier fabric technologies?

On a daily basis, many healthcare professionals are exposed to unwanted bacteria on their clothing. The technologies behind CERTAINTY® and CERTAINTY PLUS® can provide wearers more protection against odor-causing and fabric-degrading bacteria than traditional scrubs, giving healthcare professionals the freedom to perform their duties in high-tech, comfortable, fashion-inspired clothing.

CERTAINTY antimicrobial* fabric technology provides:

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Overview

What are CERTAINTY® and CERTAINTY PLUS®?

CERTAINTY® and CERTAINTY PLUS® are fabric technologies added to our market-leading brands to create the next generation of healthcare apparel. CERTAINTY incorporates antimicrobial* fabric technology, while CERTAINTY PLUS includes antimicrobial* fabric technology along with a fluid barrier that repels liquids.

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How does the antimicrobial fabric technology in CERTAINTY® and CERTAINTY PLUS® work?

CERTAINTY® and CERTAINTY PLUS® medical apparel uses a technology that reduces, inhibits and minimizes the growth of bacteria on the fabric*. As opposed to scrubs without antimicrobial* fabric technology, CERTAINTY and CERTAINTY PLUS are activated in the presence of undesirable bacteria. When these bacteria come into contact with treated fabrics, their growth is disrupted, and the bacteria are continually reduced. CERTAINTY and CERTAINTY PLUS technologies ensure that unpleasant odors, decay and discoloration don't occur in fabrics, by preventing related bacteria from forming or growing.

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How does CERTAINTY PLUS® fluid barrier technology work?

CERTAINTY PLUS® enhances products through the use of nanotechnology — tiny molecules permanently attach to fibers without clogging the fabric weave or compromising the look, feel or comfort of the fabric. CERTAINTY PLUS builds a revolutionary spill resistance into the fibers of the fabric, fundamentally transforming each fiber so that liquids bead up and roll off. CERTAINTY PLUS features include:

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What makes CERTAINTY PLUS® products different from other fabric enhancements?

Traditional coatings can make garments feel stiff and clog the weave of the fabric, preventing breathability. Our treatment uses nanotechnology to attach to individual fibers, delivering superior performance characteristics without compromising the look, feel or comfort of the fabric.

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How is the fluid barrier fabric technology of CERTAINTY PLUS® applied?

CERTAINTY PLUS® fluid barrier fabric technology is applied prior to the manufacturing of the garment. It can be pad-applied in fabric form or can be dipped or spray-applied in garment form.

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Effectiveness

Will the antimicrobial fabric technology last for the life of the garment?

Yes. The technology becomes part of the fabric. It’s been tested extensively and will last for more than 50 washings or for the expected life of the fabric or product, when used appropriately.

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What is the efficacy of properly treated products?

All SPI products with Certainty and Certainty Plus have been tested by independent, third-party laboratories to ensure they meet SPI’s standards, even after 50 home launderings. Click here for recent test results for Certainty Plus.

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Will the fluid-resistant technology last for the life of the garment?

CERTAINTY PLUS® products are engineered to provide exceptional durability and will perform for the expected life of the fabric or garment.

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Does CERTAINTY® or CERTAINTY PLUS® change the feel of the fabric?

No. There is no change in hand or drape of CERTAINTY® or CERTAINTY PLUS® treated garments compared to untreated garments.

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Is CERTAINTY PLUS® effective against fluids?

Yes. Fabrics with CERTAINTY PLUS® technology are tested against a variety of liquids and stain agents to ensure they meet or exceed industry standards for repelling liquids. However, garments with CERTAINTY PLUS are not waterproof and are not personal protective equipment.

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How quickly does the antimicrobial fabric technology in CERTAINTY® and CERTAINTY PLUS® start working?

The antimicrobial fabric technology in Certainty and Certainty Plus starts to work upon contact with unwanted bacteria on the fabric. The technology affects the ability of the cell to replicate as well as its ability to remain viable; essentially the bacteria cell is rendered ineffective immediately.

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Can you print on fabrics treated with CERTAINTY® and CERTAINTY PLUS®?

Yes. CERTAINTY® and CERTAINTY PLUS® fabric treatments are compatible with heat transfer and screen-printing. Other types of fabric printing would need to be evaluated to determine success.

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Fabric Care

What are the recommended cleaning instructions for garments made with CERTAINTY® and CERTAINTY PLUS®?

CERTAINTY® and CERTAINTY PLUS® are designed to stand up to real life. Simply wash the garment as you would any other, following the care instructions provided on the label. For CERTAINTY PLUS, tumble-drying with heat is required, and steam-ironing will enhance performance. Liquid softeners and dryer sheets are not recommended for CERTAINTY PLUS fabrics. Dry-cleaning is allowed; however, the technology will perform better on garments that are machine-washed.

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Safety

Is the antimicrobial fabric technology safe for me and my family?

Yes. The technology used in CERTAINTY® and CERTAINTY PLUS® has been tested extensively by independent third-party experts and reviewed by the EPA. The technology becomes part of the fabric, where it activates only in the presence of unwanted bacteria on the garment. CERTAINTY and CERTAINTY PLUS won’t irritate your skin and won’t wash out or rub off, when used appropriately.

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Will the antimicrobial fabric technology in CERTAINTY® and CERTAINTY PLUS® irritate my skin?

The issue of skin sensitivity is paramount in any change that we make to our textiles. We are very aware of this issue, and our partners have performed extensive testing not only on the underlying technology (which is all that the EPA requires), but also on the treated garments.

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Do the technologies in CERTAINTY® and CERTAINTY PLUS® have an impact on the environment?

The technology behind CERTAINTY® and CERTAINTY PLUS® has been approved by the EPA to be safe for humans and the environment.

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Are CERTAINTY PLUS® products PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid) free?

Yes. In fact, our partner took the initiative in 2006 in becoming one of the first companies to introduce a C6-based, PFOA-free repellency solution to the market. "PFOA-free" denotes that there is no detection of PFOA by the most sensitive testing equipment available.

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*Wash all garments thoroughly after each use. Garments featuring antimicrobial technology do not protect users or others against bacteria, viruses or other disease organisms. Always follow all best practices for infection prevention.