Category Close-Up - December 2016

Technology By Design
By Wanda Jankowski

Science-based solutions incorporated into product designs to satisfy functional and aesthetic consumer needs

Liquid & Stain Repelling Retreat, an Easy Care flatweave collection, includes rugs machine-made with 100 percent polyester chenille and non-skid backings. The fibers are treated with a special finish that prevents liquid from penetrating and repels stains. The collection features contemporary, transitional and traditional patterns that work well in high-traffic areas, such as under dining room tables and kids’ play areas. Made in Turkey, each rug has a low-profile .25-inch pile height. Kas Rugs, Inc., 800-967-4254,
Heated Throw The machine washable, 50- by 60-inch Perfect Fit® Heated Snuggler throw is made with 100 percent polyester. The plush reverses to sherpa. The snaps can hold it around the shoulders, or unsnappd it can be laid across the lap like a traditional throw blanket. The controller includes four heat settings, safety features with automatic shut-off and a 14.6-foot long power cord. The Heated Snuggler is ETL certified and includes a one-year warranty. Perfect Fit Industries (PFI), 704-815-2200,
Antibacterial Blackout Belize blackout curtains are woven with a Silver Clear™ finish. Formulated with silver, a powerful antibacterial agent, the strong coating inhibits the growth of germs, kills bacteria and provides long-lasting protection from allergens and irritants related to allergies. Part of the Thermaplus™ line, Belize curtains are ideal for babies and shift workers, as they provide a darker sleeping area. They also save money on energy bills by keeping out cold and heat, and protect carpets, furniture and keepsakes from sun fading. Made with 100 percent imported polyester, machine-washable Belize is available in three lengths and four neutral colors. Commonwealth Home Fashions, Inc., 518-963-8145,
Moisture Wicking Sheets made with Nanotex®’s Coolest Comfort and Wrinkle Defense technologies help sleepers stay dry and comfortable throughout the night, while staying smooth and strong. The advanced moisture wicking system pulls moisture away from skin, helping balance body temperature. Nanotex® uses nanotechnology to transform the molecular structure of fibers for superior performance and comfort, while preserving the natural breathability, hand and durability of textiles. Nanotex, a Crypton company,,
Beechwood Benefits PureCare has reinvented its top-selling Plush Gel-egant (sculpted memory foam and cooling gel), Replenish (memory foam and cooling gel) and Down (white down and feathers) pillows, adding them to the SUB-0° pillow line. Each SUB-0° pillow cover includes the exclusive FRIO rapid chill cooling fiber/Tencel® blend, resulting in a responsive textile that is more absorbent than cotton, softer than silk and cools five times faster than traditional polyester. PureCare also introduces Arbor sheets to its Elements premium sheet collection. The Arbor line (shown) features a sateen weave of long staple cotton and ecologically blended Lenzing Modal® fibers derived from the pulp of European beechwood trees. All the products also include an antimicrobial silver treatment. PureCare, 800-758-8563,
Cool Sleep SureFit is collaborating with DuPont to produce the new SureFit DuPont™ NovaCool™ Mattress Pad. Constructed with altered yarn that enhances the crystalline structure and increases thermal conductivity, the mattress pad pulls heat from the body and creates an immediate cooling sensation. SureFit mattress pads feature FormFit™ technology that combines a patent-pending contoured corner construction with GripLock™ elastic to keep it firmly in place. Available in six sizes from twin to California king, the DuPont™ NovaCool™ mattress pad is machine washable, soft, durable and flexible. It will be available for purchase at SureFit in May 2017. Sure Fit, Inc., 877-639-2683,
Inner-Spring Pillows Zefiro inner-spring pillows, handmade by specialized Italian artisans, merge traditional materials with modern components for comfort, resilience, personalized support and adaptability to all sleeping positions. Each Zefiro pillow contains 60 pocketed coils that adapt and respond independently to weight, shape and movement. With compression and expansion, air is constantly circulating within the pillow, moving warm air away from the sleeper and pulling it into larger unused pockets. Each pillow also includes a dynamic air cushion that encloses 9 liters (2.4 gallons) of air. Zefiro pillows are available in Hybrid Microfiber (above) and Memory Foam (below) options. Protect-A-Bed, 866-297-8836,
Solar Energy Powered Going “green” is the growing trend in all industries to create a clean environment now and for future generations. Linum Home Textiles uses solar energy panels in the production of its products. Using sustainable energy sources in manufacturing allows the company to offer comfort of mind as well as comfort of body in its soft Waffle Weave bathrobes. The deep waffle weaves are highly absorbent and dry quickly to keep one cool and comfortable. The robes are woven with thick, soft, 100 percent Turkish cotton that becomes softer after every wash. Linum Home Textiles, 855-933-0300,
Cooling Gel The SensorPedic® GelMAX™ Memory Foam Bed Pillow features new GelMAX™ technology. The GelMAX™ gel overlay incorporates patented time-release technology that continues to cool longer than other gel products. In addition to the advanced cooling properties, the shape of this pillow is uniquely designed for improved head cradling capabilities and adjustable support. Soft-Tex Manufacturing Co., 800-366-2324,

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