Textiles can reduce sweat odor with the right management.

Perspiration is unavoidable during certain activies or in hot weather. But, sweating is important because it releases excess heat and the body temperature is regulated - reducing health risk. For this reason, it is important that textiles provide optimum support for sweat transport.

Hohenstein optimizes odor management for any textile product that comes into contact with the body (eg. sport and outdoor apparel, workwear, furnishings, etc). We help textile manufacturers optimize the performance of products so that they transport the sweat away from the body as effectively as possible while reducing sweat odor.

Our process produces first-class results.

As sweat is diffused through the textile, ordor is affected by the interaction of:

  • Bacteria
  • Fluid transport
  • The adherence and release of odor molecules

To optimize performance, we conduct specific tests to assess the release of sweat odor by the textiles, the binding capability of your textile materials to sweat molecules and the antibacterial effect of textile-finishing. The customized test procedures or combinations determine the reduction characteristics for sweat odor:

  1. How well, or poorly, do odor-producing dermal germs multiply on the textile?
  2. What percentage of the sweat odor molecules adhere to the textile?
  3. How strongly does the textile actually smell of sweat?  This is determined through practical experiments in which test samples are worn by test subjects or an artificial sweat odor simulate is applied. Our trained odor testers then evaluate the intensity of the sweat odor.

Meet the experts.

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Ben Mead
Managing Director
Hohenstein Institute America