No Shrink- No Spot (Apr, 1947)
No Shrink- No Spot
A DISTANT cousin of the sulfa drugs, melamine, is being used to “cure” some of the serious “ailments” of textiles.
Its most striking use is in a resin which, applied to woolens, solves the age-old problem of shrinking and matting in water.
In another form, melamine resins can be used to impregnate acetate rayons and cottons to make them spot resistant. Ink, coffee or other staining liquids, spilled on clothes made from treated fabrics, can be washed off with a damp cloth or a glassful of water.
Melamine was first developed in 1834 but was forgotten until a few years ago. It went to war in a resin applied to blankets, sleeping bag linings, socks, and insect netting. But it is in its peacetime application to textiles that melamine promises its widest use.