It is not uncommon to take customers or media on a tour of our mill, but today we had some extra special guests visit STI... a fourth grade class from Gaston Day School!
The students spent the morning getting a firsthand look at how fabric is made. After splitting into groups, they were taken on a full tour of the STI mill and sample center. More importantly, they got to see the magic behind Revolution Performance Fabrics.
The students put Revolution to the test to see how stain resistant and easy to clean it really is. They stained fabric samples with cranberry juice and ketchup, then cleaned it with a little soap and water; the samples looked brand new after a little cleaning! We made sure to tell the students they could NOT do this at home (unless of course they have Revolution)!
The REAL magic happened when they destructed a slipcover made of Revolution Plus Performance Fabrics. The students drew all over the sofa with Magic Marker. Check out the before and after photos!
Top left to right: 1) Coloring a sofa covered in a Revolution Plus slipcover 2) Cleaning samples covered in ketchup and cranberry juice 3) President, John Kay, explaining the importance of safety before taking a group on a mill tour 4) Watching Revolution videos!
Above: Learning how samples are cut!
Above: This is what the sofa looked like after the students left, but BEFORE it went to the laundromat. Completed covered in Magic Marker!
Above: AFTER being washed with a little laundry detergent and bleach in cold water, this Revolution Plus slipcover looks brand new! There is no need to place the slipcover in the dryer afterwards, because Revolution Plus absorbs no water!
AFTER photo of the STI employees/volunteers who helped plan the field trip today. Clearly, our energy level can't compete with fourth graders!