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A weird but sincere question

Old 11-21-10, 11:13 AM
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A weird but sincere question

What are the heat tolerances of "technical" clothing, ie. the synthetic material that is used to make cycling clothes?

I'm asking for a weird reason.

My house is infested with bedbugs and we will be heat treating the house, which consists of using giant mutant space heaters and heating the house up to 120-140 degrees F. It's best to leave clothing that is heat tolerant in the house lest there be eggs or something, so that the heat will kill them off.

Would this be a problem for technical clothing?

I'd hate to see my cycling wardrobe get melted.
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Old 11-21-10, 11:59 AM
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They might shrink at 140*.
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I have never heard of this method.
Where does it come from?
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I'd ask the pest control company.
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A one time exposure to that heat probably won't hurt anything. Lycra generally doesn't do well with repeated exposure to the dryer though.
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I feel like 120-140 is not really that warm. Lots of clothes have spandex in them and end up in dryers all the time. I would guess it will take some time off the light of your clothes, but probably not that noticeable. My wife dryers her Underarmor spandex shorts that she uses for running and they are fine, even say tumble dry low. I would think that closed car in the summer might get up to about that temperature and I don't think most people would worry about their clothes melting in the car.
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If you are allowed to normal temperature iron it, it's probably OK. If not, I would not recommend to leave it exposed to those temperatures.
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120-140 F is not any warmer than a normal residential clothes dryer. while most people don't put these types of clothes in the drier, they can handle it and will NOT melt at that temp. Isn't there a more energy efficient way to kill off bed bugs? seems like it would take a lot of work to sustain temps of 120 inside the entire house
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Originally Posted by thedutchtouch View Post
120-140 F is not any warmer than a normal residential clothes dryer. while most people don't put these types of clothes in the drier, they can handle it and will NOT melt at that temp. Isn't there a more energy efficient way to kill off bed bugs? seems like it would take a lot of work to sustain temps of 120 inside the entire house
Most pest control companies here in the Bedbug capital, New York city; use a sniffing dog.
Once the doggie pinpoints the exact location of the pests(and eggs), the techs use freezing compound.
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Originally Posted by 10 Wheels View Post
I have never heard of this method.
Where does it come from?
This is the method they were using at the fancy hotels in NYC when they had the bed bug invasion. Apparently pesticide resistance in bed bugs is a major problem. We're told that heat exposure to 120-140 for 20 minutes nukes the little buggers and their eggs.

No, it doesn't sound very energy efficient, but dousing the house in pesticides seemed more invasive to us. And it is VERY expensive.
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sorry to hear about you infestation. I think you would be making a mistake not to leave everything in the house when you do this.
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One other bit of trivia. "Sincere" is derived from Latin, sin means without and cere (cerus) means wax, so that if you are sincere you are without wax. We will be very sincere by tomorrow, because anything that has wax in it has to go (or be melted).
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Better hide the carbon fiber--it might melt!
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saw the method used in an episode of verminators this am that i surfed past. they use a propane powered fan forced construction heater. 140F is the temp they aim for. moral of the story is, you better watch out who takes you home, or who you take home.
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My wife is a social worker that is community based... Well, she managed to bring some of those evil little critters home with her on her backpack. Long story short - we had the heat treatment done and all of my gear came out just fine. You have nothing to worry about (with respect to your cycling clothes).
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Better hide the carbon fiber--it might explode!
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120-140 isn't particularly hot. Think of the inside of a closed car in the summer sun, or the temperature of the pavement or sand in full sun - it gets that hot easily. Any clothing and kit should be just fine. I have read that the heat treatment works like a charm - good luck!
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Originally Posted by The Weak Link View Post
One other bit of trivia. "Sincere" is derived from Latin, sin means without and cere (cerus) means wax, so that if you are sincere you are without wax. We will be very sincere by tomorrow, because anything that has wax in it has to go (or be melted).
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Without wax? Intriguing etymology there... what sort of wax, I wonder?

Earwax? Rich guy's signature wax?

Connection with the concept of sincerity...?
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I've been known to ride in 110 degree heat. I'm sure they'll be fine.
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It's no worse than leaving the clothing in your car on a sunny summer day; car temps easily exceed 140 F.
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It is easily 120 in the sun on a hot summer day. 140 isn't really THAT hot. It should be fine.
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Originally Posted by Kimmo View Post
Without wax? Intriguing etymology there... what sort of wax, I wonder?

Earwax? Rich guy's signature wax?

Connection with the concept of sincerity...?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sincere

An often repeated folk etymology proposes that sincere is derived from the Latin sine = without, cera = wax. According to one popular explanation, dishonest sculptors in Rome or Greece would cover flaws in their work with wax to deceive the viewer; therefore, a sculpture "without wax" would mean honesty in its perfection.
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