EverShield® Fabric Protection is a Durable Omni Repellant (DOR) that deflects water, food, oil and much more.
DOR-treated fabrics repel not only water, but also some hydrocarbon-based and low surface tension liquids like: oils, food products, mud, concrete, ice, and others. This helps fabrics deflect these elements, which protects both the fabric and what’s underneath. Additionally, since the repellent is created with C6 chemistry with no VOCs, it has a smaller environmental impact over time.
DWR-treated fabrics repel water and only a few other liquids. This leads to limited durability and makes them harder to wash when dirty. Created with C8 chemistry, this repellent also has a negative environmental impact that makes it the lesser of the two treatments.
Resists and repels most oils, acids, and alkalines
Superior water repellent
Repels and reduces the formation of ice
Maintains the strength of the original starting fabric
Maintains advanced properties, including oil repellency for up to 50 washes
Preserves fabric properties without adding weight for thermal management
Retains original fabric softness and feel
In 2006, Army General John Caldwell challenged scientists at the US Army Natick Soldier Research, Development & Engineering Center to develop a “self-cleaning” uniform. Battlefield logistics can be complicated and the goals of the project were to (1) develop highly repellent and durable textiles that resist the attraction of liquid and solid contaminants and (2) minimize the battlefield logistics burden - reduce laundering and/or remove the necessity of detergents.
The team spent over six years developing the C6 chemistry that would meet the demands of the US Army.
The technology continues to be successfully tested by the Army and other military branches. Needless to say, the adoption of new technology can be an arduous process.
But while our fighting forces have to wait for this amazing technology, the rest of us can benefit right now.