GB2398526A - Garment shielding tape - Google Patents

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GB2398526A
GB2398526A GB0303749A GB0303749A GB2398526A GB 2398526 A GB2398526 A GB 2398526A GB 0303749 A GB0303749 A GB 0303749A GB 0303749 A GB0303749 A GB 0303749A GB 2398526 A GB2398526 A GB 2398526A
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A41WEARING APPAREL
    • A41DOUTERWEAR; PROTECTIVE GARMENTS; ACCESSORIES
    • A41D27/00Details of garments or of their making
    • A41D27/12Shields or protectors
    • A41D27/16Collar-shields
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A41WEARING APPAREL
    • A41DOUTERWEAR; PROTECTIVE GARMENTS; ACCESSORIES
    • A41D27/00Details of garments or of their making
    • A41D27/12Shields or protectors
    • A41D27/13Under-arm shields
    • C09J7/04
    • CCHEMISTRY; METALLURGY
    • C09DYES; PAINTS; POLISHES; NATURAL RESINS; ADHESIVES; MISCELLANEOUS COMPOSITIONS; MISCELLANEOUS APPLICATIONS OF MATERIALS
    • C09JADHESIVES; NON-MECHANICAL ASPECTS OF ADHESIVE PROCESSES IN GENERAL; ADHESIVE PROCESSES NOT PROVIDED FOR ELSEWHERE; USE OF MATERIALS AS ADHESIVES
    • C09J7/00Adhesives in the form of films or foils
    • C09J7/20Adhesives in the form of films or foils characterised by their carriers
    • C09J7/21Paper; Textile fabrics
    • CCHEMISTRY; METALLURGY
    • C09DYES; PAINTS; POLISHES; NATURAL RESINS; ADHESIVES; MISCELLANEOUS COMPOSITIONS; MISCELLANEOUS APPLICATIONS OF MATERIALS
    • C09JADHESIVES; NON-MECHANICAL ASPECTS OF ADHESIVE PROCESSES IN GENERAL; ADHESIVE PROCESSES NOT PROVIDED FOR ELSEWHERE; USE OF MATERIALS AS ADHESIVES
    • C09J2400/00Presence of inorganic and organic materials
    • C09J2400/20Presence of organic materials
    • C09J2400/26Presence of textile or fabric
    • C09J2400/263Presence of textile or fabric in the substrate

Abstract

A tape for application to garment surfaces, such as inside underarm surfaces and inside collar surfaces, to shield said surfaces from soiling by a wearer of the garment, comprises a first layer (1), comprising material selected from a list consisting of super-absorbent material and absorbent airlaid material, and having a first side and a second side, and an adhesive layer (2) arranged on the second side of the first layer for adhering the tape to one of said surfaces.

Description

GARMENT SHIELDING TAPE

Field of the Invention

The present invention relates to tape for application to garment surfaces, such as inside underarm surfaces and inside collar surfaces, to shield those surfaces from soiling by a wearer of the garment.

Background to the invention

A problem with upper body garments with sleeves is that their inside underarm regions can become soiled by the wearer of the garment. In particular, when the under arm surface is in contact with their skin it can become soiled by perspiration and/or by deodorant/antiperspirant residue. Even if the surface is not directly exposed to bare skin, soiling may still occur through an intermediate layer of clothing. Such soiling can be un sightly, as well as causing permanent discolouration regardless of washing or cleaning of the garment. In the case of garments which can only be dry-cleaned or specialist cleaned, this soiling can therefore lead to inconvenience and additional expense.

Another problem with upper body garments is soiling of collar surfaces from con tact with the wearer's bare neck. This is especially a problem with garments such as suede shirts and jackets. In addition to this soiling, rubbing against the wearers neck can also al- ter the surface of the collar material, to the detriment of its appearance. This may not be rectifiable in some circumstances.

Summary of the Invention

The present invention aims to address the above mentioned problems. According to a first aspect of the invention, there is provided a tape, for application to garment sur- faces, such as inside underarm surfaces and inside collar surfaces, to shield said surfaces from soiling by a wearer of the garment, the tape comprising: a first layer, comprising material selected from a list consisting of super-absorbent material and absorbent airlaid ma - 2 teria, and having a first side and a second side; and an adhesive layer, arranged on the second side of the first layer, for adhering the tape to one of said surfaces.

Thus, the tape, when applied to a garment surface, acts as a barrier or protective covering to protect, at least partially, the surface from potential soiling by the wearer. Af- ter use, the tape can simply be removed from the garment, leaving a clean surface under- neath.

Preferably, the first layer comprises air laid super-absorbent material. More pref erably, the airlaid super-absorbent material is made from tree bark, flufffibre pulp, and cellulose.

The tape can be used to protect underarm areas of garments as well as neck ar- eas. It may be applied, for example, in horizontal or vertical strips to cover surfaces of the garment, and is easily removable and disposable.

Preferably, the tape further comprises a backing layer which covers the adhesive layer and may be peeled off prior to application of the tape to the garment surface.

Conveniently, the tape may be provided in the form of a reel or roll, which may be carried on a spool. Alternatively, the tape may be wound around stiff flat card, for ex ample of size 9 cm x 16 cm.

Preferably, the first layer of the tape comprises a plurality of selectively weakened regions to facilitate tearing of the tape. These selectively weakened regions may comprise perforations.

According to a second aspect of the invention there is provided a method of shielding an inside underarm surface or an inside collar surface of a garment from soiling by a wearer of the garment, the method comprising the steps of: selecting a length of a tape, the tape comprising an absorbent layer, and an adhesive layer arranged on one side of the absorbent layer; and pressing the selected length of tape against the garment sur- face, with the adhesive layer in contact with the surface, to adhere the tape to the surface.

The method may comprise the step of pressing the selected length of tape against an inside underarm surface of a garment, or against a collar surface of a garment.

The length of tape may be cut or torn from a longer length. In the case where the tape is provided in the form of a reel or roll, the step of selecting a length of tape may in- clude unreeling the length of tape from the roll.

In the embodiments where the tape has a peelable backing layer, the method of applying the tape to a garment may also include peeling the backing layer off the tape to expose the adhesive layer beneath. When the tape does not have a peelable backing layer it may be a continuous adhesive soft fibre strip which will wrap around itself on a spool and be torn or cut off at required lengths.

A third aspect of the invention is the use of a tape comprising an absorbent layer and an adhesive layer to shield an inside underarm surface or an inside collar surface of a garment from soiling by a wearer, the use comprising pressing the tape against the sur face, with the adhesive layer in contact with the surface, to adhere the tape to the surface.

It will be apparent that by shielding "dry-clean only" or "specialist clean only" garments, embodiments of the present invention may make such cleaning necessary less often, hence avoiding some inconvenience and expense. Also, from a fashion perspective, wearing an easily removable tape on a collar would make the wearing of a scarf unneces- sary as these are sometimes only worn to protect the area.

Brief Description of the Drawings

Embodiments of the invention will now be described with reference to the draw ings, of which: - 4 Fig 1 is a schematic representation of a length of tape embodying the invention; Fig 2 is a schematic representation of a reel of tape embodying the invention; Fig 3 is a schematic representation of a length of tape applied to an underarm sur face of a garment using a method embodying the invention; Fig 4 is a schematic representation of a plurality of lengths of tape applied to pro tect an underarm surface of a garment using a method embodying the invention; and Fig 5 is a schematic representation of a length of tape applied to protect a collar of a garment using a method embodying the invention.

Detailed Description of Preferred Embodiments

Referring now to Fig 1, a tape 10 embodying the present invention comprises a first layer 1 comprising airlaid super-absorbent natural material made from tree bark, fluff fibre pulp and cellulose. A first, upper surface 11 of the first layer 1 is intended to be ex posed to a wearer of a garment when in use. On the reverse side of the first layer 1 there is provided an adhesive layer 2, which in this case is in the form of an adhesive coating. A backing layer 3 covers the adhesive layer 2, but is peelable from the adhesive layer 2 to expose it for application to a garment's surface. The backing layer 3 may be a layer of pa per, but other materials may be used. In this example the backing layer 3 extends beyond the end of the first and adhesive layers to facilitate removal of the backing layer from the strip of tape. In this example, the width of the tape is approximately 4 centimetres, but other embodiments may have different widths and thicknesses. Generally speaking, the i overall thickness of the tape should be as thin as possible. The adhesive layer 2 may also be referred to as an adhesive backing. i Fig 2 shows a reel of tape embodying the invention. In this embodiment, the tape comprises an upper layer 1 of absorbent material with an adhesive backing layer 2.

The tape is wound onto a spool 101, forming a reel 100 of tape. At intervals along the tape, there are a plurality of weakened regions 12. These weakened regions incorporate perforations which may be in the form of slits 13 or circular perforations 14. These per- forations are arranged in lines which extend at least partially across the width of the tape.

The provision of these weakened regions thus enables the tape to be torn easily at the selected positions.

Fig 3 shows a length of tape applied to an inside underarm surface of a garment.

The tape is positioned to extend generally along a generally circular seam 4 connecting a sleeve to the body of an upper body garment. The tape is thus generally across a seam 5 which runs along the length of the sleeve. The applied tape has an absorbent upper layer which, in use, has an upper surface 11 exposed to the wearer's underarm. The tape is attached to the garment by means of the adhesive layer on the reverse side of the tape.

In Fig 4, a plurality of lengths of tape have been selected from a reel by cutting or tearing and have been applied in a generally parallel arrangement to protect underarm surfaces of a garment. The arrangement of the pieces of tape is such that they extend generally across the circular seam 4 in line with the seam 5 which runs down the sleeve.

Clearly, the number and orientation of the pieces of tape on the garment can be adjusted to provide a desired barrier. The pieces of tape may be arranged to overlap, and multiple layers of tape may be used to improve the shielding performance.

Moving on to Fig 5, this shows the results of a further method embodying the pre- sent invention. A single piece of tape has been pressed against a surface of a collar 6 which will be adjacent to the wearers neck when the garment is in use. The absorbent sur- face 11 of the tape which runs along the collar seam is thus able to prevent both soiling and rubbing of the garment surface underneath. - 6

Claims (17)

  1. Claims 1. A tape, for application to garment surfaces, such as inside
    underarm sur faces and inside collar surfaces, to shield said surfaces from soiling by a wearer of the; garment, the tape comprising: a first layer, comprising material selected from a list consisting of super-absorbent material and absorbent airlaid material, and having a first side and a second side; and I an adhesive layer, arranged on the second side of the first layer, for adhering the tape to one of said surfaces.
  2. 2. A tape in accordance with claim 1, wherein the first layer comprises airlaid super-absorbent material.
  3. 3. A tape in accordance with claim 2 wherein the airlaid super-absorbent ma- serial is made from at least one of: tree bark, fluff fibre pulp, and cellulose.
  4. 4. A tape in accordance with any preceding claim, further comprising a back ing layer, covering the adhesive layer, and peelable from the adhesive layer to expose the adhesive layer prior to application of the tape to a garment surface.
  5. 5. A tape in accordance with any preceding claim, arranged as a reel.
  6. 6. A tape in accordance with any preceding claim wherein the first layer comprises a plurality of selectively weakened regions, said regions being spaced apart along the length of the tape and each region extending at least partially across the width of the tape to facilitate tearing.
  7. 7. A tape in accordance with claim 6 wherein the selectively weakened region comprises perforations. - 7
  8. 8. A method of shielding an inside underarm surface or an inside collar sur face of a garment from soiling by a wearer of the garment, the method comprising the steps of: selecting a length of a tape, the tape comprising an absorbent layer, and an adhe sive layer arranged on one side of the absorbent layer; and pressing the selected length of tape against the garment surface, with the adhesive layer in contact with the surface, to adhere the tape to the surface.
  9. 9. A method in accordance with claim 8, wherein the tape is a tape in accor- dance with any one of claims 1 to 7.
  10. 10. A method in accordance with claim 8 or claim 9 wherein said step of se lecting a length of tape comprises cutting or tearing said length from a longer length of the tape.
  11. 1 1. A method in accordance with any one of claims 8 to 10, wherein the tape is arranged as a reel, the method further comprising the step of unreeling said length of tape prior to selection.
  12. 12. A method in accordance with any one of claims 8 to 11, wherein the tape comprises a removable backing layer, the method further comprising the step of remov ing the backing layer from the selected length of tape prior to application to the garment surface.
  13. 13. Use of a tape comprising an absorbent layer and an adhesive layer to shield an inside underarm surface or an inside collar surface of a garment from soiling by a wearer, the use comprising pressing the tape against the surface, with the adhesive layer in contact with the surface, to adhere the tape to the surface. - 8
  14. 14. Use of a tape in accordance with claim 13, the tape being in accordance with any one of claims 1 to 7.
  15. 15. A tape substantially as hereinbefore described with reference to and/or as shown in the accompanying drawings.
  16. 16. A method of shielding an inside underarm surface or an inside collar sur face of a garment, the method being substantially as hereinbefore described with refer ence to and/or as shown in the accompanying drawings.
  17. 17. Use of a tape substantially as hereinbefore described with reference to and/or as shown in the accompanying drawings. c
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GB2165799A (en) * 1984-10-24 1986-04-23 Stephen Anthony Rawlings Pad for absorption of body odour
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