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.

9 comments
  1. Charlene says: October 30, 20092:42 pm

    Melamine: when rayon just isn’t flammable enough. Solves that age-old problem of surviving plane crashes without fourth-degree burns.

  2. Toronto says: October 30, 20093:01 pm

    In barracks, we used to have an extra blanket (that had to be folded just so for inspections) that was referred to as a “fire blanket” as you were supposed to grab it and run in case of fire. Rumors abounded about them being so treated as to be flammable, but I don’t recall anyone testing one.

  3. a.nonymous says: October 31, 20092:09 am

    Melamine survives to the present day as the adulterant in Chinese animal feed that resulted in so many pet deaths recently.

  4. katey says: November 2, 20091:34 am

    Er, “A Nonymous”- Melamine is actually a fairly common ‘hard’ plastic these days. Most non-disposable plastic plates etc are melamine. Vintage 1950s melamine dinnerware is actually COLLECTIBLE.

  5. Charlie says: November 2, 20092:03 pm

    It’s true. I used to have a cool set of melamine plates. One thing I learned quick is that melamine is NOT microwavable. I have never found anything that smells worse than burnt microwaved melamine.

  6. Toronto says: November 2, 20094:03 pm

    We had a square melamine set for camping. Do NOT drink coffee out of a square mug without turning it so the corner lines up with your mouth. Burning camper smells pretty bad too.

  7. JMyint says: November 13, 200912:17 am

    Has anyone seen the movie “The Man in the White Suit” starring Alec Guiness. He invents a fabric that never gets dirty and throws the English textile industry into a panic.

  8. Toronto says: November 13, 200912:43 am

    JMyint: Haven’t seen it in quite a while (and it seemed dated then) but yeah, I remember it.

  9. Firebrand38 says: November 13, 20091:56 am
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