Product Review by Dr Loreena Johnson
Feeling the heat? Getting ready to store the re-enactment clothes
until Autumn rolls around once more? Wondering how on earth
you can wash away the accumulated fragrance from a dozen or
more events out of your woollens, silks and linens?
With a little research and testing, modern detergents and
whiteners are actually pretty good at removing dirt, food and drink
stains, particularly for the more robust textiles. However, for the
more fragile, unwashable or highly decorated gear, washing is not
always easy or desirable.
At the request of a customer we brought in Fresh Again Uniform
and Costume Deodorant spray ? and now we?re addicted. This
stuff neutralizes perspiration ? which means it does NOT remove
stains. It does however, kill and breakdown the bacteria left on
clothes after wearing. Seriously ? I?ve checked…
The spray works on natural and synthetic fibres, foam padding,
fabrics, stitching, foams, and leather. In the everyday world we sell
it to team mascots and equestrians for the inside of their helmets
and gloves. In the re-enactor community the fans are those with
the highly decorated fabrics, brocades, velvets and silks, fighter?s
armour padding and gambisons etc.
So far not yet found a fabric that it stains (including voiles, silks,
velvets, leather etc). It does have a very odd smell that evaporates
almost immediately. For the best results we found that spraying
areas like the underarms before wearing a garment for the first
time, and then spray when your nose tells you. Otherwise follow
the instructions and let it take the stress out of wearing your finest.