Bamboo Sheets Keep Germs Out of Bed
For those germaphobes or laundry challenged, we learn from the Wall Street Journal about antibacterial bedsheets. They list a couple of brands treated with silver, another with copper, but also bamboo sheets from Elite Linens. "these sheets and pillowcases are made from bamboo fibers that the company says wick away moisture, block bacteria growth and are comfortable for people with night sweats. Some buyers may not like their shiny look." We have seen claims about bamboo's antibacterial properties before and looked further. It appears that "The natural antibacterial properties of bamboo fabric come from an inherent quality of bamboo commonly called "bamboo kun." Bamboo does not require the use of pesticides due to this natural antifungal antibacterial agent. It is rarely attacked by pests or infected by pathogen. The same natural substance that protects bamboo growing in the field, functions in the spun bamboo fibers." ::Wall Street Journal More on antibacterial goodness below the fold.
A quantitative antibacterial capability test was performed by the China Industrial Testing Center (CTITC) from July 7th 2003 thru July 11, 2003. One hundred percent Bamboo Fabric was tested over a 24-hour incubation period with bacterial strain type Staphylococcus aureous. After the 24-hour period the numbers of live bacteria were counted in each sample. The results showed that 100% bamboo fabric exhibits 99.8% antibacterial kill rate.
Studies by the Japan Textile Inspection Association (JTIA) revealed long-term antibacterial efficacy of bamboo fabric. The quantitative test method JISL 1902 was performed using 100% bamboo fabric that had been washed industrially 50 times. Incubation over a 24-hour period with bacterial strain type MRSA Staphylococcus IID 1677 was followed by a count of live bacteria on each sample. Results showed that bamboo fabric showed antibacterial efficacy (greater than) 70% after 50 industrial washings. (Results obtained from Shanghai Tenbro Bamboo Textile LtD)
Antimicrobial and Antibacterial Textile Benefits:
Fifty individuals suffering from the fungal infection tinea pedis commonly called athlete's foot were given antimicrobial, antibacterial socks. All fifty test subjects reported the disappearance of the burning and itching that accompanies athlete's foot within 1-2 days of wearing the socks. Within 2-6 days the blistering and sores characteristic of athlete's foot disappeared and the skin returned to normal. None of the fifty individuals reported any adverse effects after using the socks. ::Jonano (Press release from clothing company but sounds reputable)