‘Impossible to Stain’: Student Invents T-shirt that Cleans Itself [Video]

An American college student has developed a shirt that is impossible to stain – the Silic Shirt.

A college student invented a special T-shirt for all those clumsy or simply tired of laundry people.  With the help of ‘Hydrophobic Nanotechnology’, student Patel from San Francisco has developed a shirt that is impossible to stain – the Silic Shirt.

The top is made from polyester, which has been infused with a combination of chemicals that make it resistant to water and any spills and splashes including Coca-Cola, tomato ketchup, mustard, milkshakes, beer, ink and even red wine.

The 20-year-old Aamir Patel said: “I started the project a year and a half ago after looking at making smart clothing. I wanted to try something different and I had heard about Hydrophobic spray, which is a spray that is completely water resistant.

Later he made a prototype using a spray-on chemical, but realized it would only last for one wash. He then began looking at ways to incorporate the technology into the fabric. The fabric of the garment has a “nanotechnology bonded to the fibres on the microscopic level” consisting of billions of silica particles, meaning that it won’t irritate the skin.

According to Patel:  “Most liquid molecules will not be able to touch the fabric because of a microscopic layer of air that forms between the liquid and fabric.

“This is because the fabric is layered with billions of silica particles. Water based liquids will form a 150 degree sphere and roll right off! As a result, this barrier protects your shirt from potential accidents.”

The shirt’s designer said: “I knew there had to be a way to make a product that was safe for consumer use and could last through the wash cycles. We use a four-way stretch polyester similar to the fabric you would find in a Nike or Under Armor shirt.

“It is very soft and the nanotechnology does not alter its feel since it is not a topical coating.”

The t-shirts are being funded on Kickstarter and the project has already far surpassed its original target of $20,000, and has already raised  $1,133.

According to Patel’s Kickstarter page, there are certain steps wearers have to take to make sure the T-shirts stays waterproof. These include not using fabric softener in a machine wash, no bleaching or washing with colours and no ironing. Patel also advises wearers not to dry clean the shirt. To reactivate the water repellency, the T-shirt must also be put through a tumble dryer on a low heat at least once every three washes, reports the Daily Mail.

Patel previously had two other projects on Kickstarter, one was iGoldCase, a 24K gold iPhone case and LUM apparel, a product that lets you draw on your shirt with light using any smartphone flash or LED.

iGoldCase was a failure having not even come close to raising their target goal. He shared that the biggest lesson he learned from that experience was the need to invest in a good quality video. His second company LUM apparel turned into a hit raising more than double their target goal on Kickstarter.

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