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CLEANSE® technology, what you should know about antiviral textiles.

Japan is famous for its technology and innovation. Of course there will be such shame if we forget about innovation in Japan’s textile industry. Everybody has heard about Uniqlo Heattech or Airism UV cut, but those are not all of Japan’s Functioning Fabric. Every season, manufacturers all over Japan come up with newer and crazier textile technology. Since there is so little information in English about these on the internet, in this series, I will guide you through a list of famous Functioning Fabric in Japan. 

 If you are interested in antiviral textile or Japan textile in general, you must have heard of CLEANSE® technology fabric before. So, what exactly is CLEANSE® ? Let’s find out together!   

What is “CLEANSE®”? 

 CLEANSE® is an antibacterial and antiviral textile technology of Kurabo Industries. This technology uses Etak to immobilize bacteria and viruses on the fiber surface. 

 The immobilized antibacterial ingredient Etak is a commercialized ingredient based on the disinfectant used for treatment and cleaning of the oral cavity. Etak also known as Octadecyl dimethyl ammonium chloride, and a quaternary ammonium salt such as benzalkonium chloride, which is also used as a disinfectant for skin and mucous membranes in medical practice.   

CLEANSE® special features

Antibacterial & Antiviral 

CLEANSE® reduces the number of viruses (both enveloped and non-enveloped viruses) on the fiber by more than 99% and suppresses the growth of bacteria. Kurabo Industries confirmed that CLEANSE® technology affects about 20 types of microorganisms (bacteria / fungi) and viruses, including bacteria that cause unpleasant odors. 

*Without and with CLEANSE® coating on fiber*

Excellent washing durability

 CLEANSE® fabric was tested that the number of specific viruses on the fiber is reduced by 99% or more even after 50 times of home washing. 


 Since CLEANSE® is based on an antibacterial agent for oral hygiene, CLEANSE® is highly safe for human usage. CLEANSE® has passed several Japan quality safety tests. CLEANSE® fabrics available on ApparelX


“CLEANSE®” was used to develop various fabric products such as lab coats, interior goods, and kids’ fashion and so on. 

The following are some of the best selling CLEANSE® item on ApparelX 

10911 NEW Cleanse® 40s Double Gauze CLEANSE

10902 Pre-order Available Cleanse® EX 30s Burberry CLEANSE


6510 CLEANSE Organic Tianzhu Cotton

Do you know that ApparelX actually offer Cleanse Tag ?


What is your favorite functional fabric that you discovered recently? For more functional fabrics, please visit our Functional Products Page.

If you have any requests for fabrics or accessories & trims , feel free to contact us at ApparelX.     

Hi guys, this is Jane, the editor of ApparelX News. As a foreigner living in Tokyo, I hope my posts will help international readers get an overview about Japanese fashion industry as well as Japanese culture!

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