The market for stain protective apparel has grown significantly in recent years and is set to grow further in the coming years, according to a recent report of Textile Outlook International. Stain repellent garments are essential in applications such as medical clothing and industrial workwear where there is a need to prevent spills from penetrating a garment and reaching the wearer — especially in cases where such spills have the potential to cause harm to human health. Also, stain repellent garments have proliferated in the casual wear market. This is due partly to the fact that they provide better protection against spills than conventional clothing. However, an additional benefit is that stain protection reduces the frequency with which garments need to be laundered and dry cleaned — thereby saving time for the user as well as reducing energy usage, water consumption and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.