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Health Properties of Polyacrylonitrile Blankets Made with the Anti-Microbial Fibre Amicor Plus

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Between 2000 and 2002 a research project was carried out at the Institute of Natural Fibres, Poznan, on the application of various anti-microbial fibres, including the Amicor Plus fibre (supplied by Accordis Ltd., UK), in the manufacture of textile products. As a result of a comprehensive program of investigation, it was established that a 20% addition of Amicor Plus to the blanket cloth was enough to impart bioactivity to a blanket, and 40% Amicor Plus in the blanket pile inhibits the growth of the bacterium Escherichia coli and the fungi Aspergillus niger and Trichophyton mentagrophytes. The blankets manifested a high level of bioactivity whether Amicor Plus was added when non-dyed and dyed. Tests carried out at the Allergology Centre, Lodz, showed that blankets made with a proportion of Amicor Plus were an effective aid in treating allergy to the household mite.

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polyakrylonitryle blanket; anti-microbial fibre; Amicor Plus; blanket with antibacterial and anti-fungal properties

Published in issue no 5 (59) / 2006, pages 120–124.

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