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Dirty clothes could be a thing of the past thanks to these Dublin schoolboys

Published 05/06/2015 | 10:13

Yan Li, 15, and Robert Tuke, 15, from St Andrews College, Blackrock with their project, Aquapro, a liquid and stain repelling treatment which is entered in the senior section of the Student Enterprise Awards National Finals in Croke Park
Yan Li, 15, and Robert Tuke, 15, from St Andrews College, Blackrock with their project, Aquapro, a liquid and stain repelling treatment which is entered in the senior section of the Student Enterprise Awards National Finals in Croke Park
Stephen Walshe (Chair of the Enterprise Education Committee with the Local Enterprise Offices), Damien English T.D. (Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation), Rob Tuke (Aqua Pro), Yan Li (Aqua Pro) and Kieran Comerford (Chair of the Network of Local Enterprise Offices). Aqua Pro, who are supported by Local Enterprise Office Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown, won a special merit award in the Senior Category at April's National Finals

Dirty clothes could be a thing of the past if a group of Dublin students who want to be the entrepreneurs of the future get their way.

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Two enterprising pupils from St Andrew's College in Booterstown have put their Aqua-Pro stain resistant treatments for clothes and fabrics forward at this year's Student Enterprise Awards Business Bootcamp at University College Cork.

Rob Tuke and Yan Li (pictured right after getting through the local finals in Dublin), both aged 15, came up with the idea as part of a science project.

"Most stain and waterproofing fabric treatments use oils, but our one is water soluble so you spray it on to the fabric and let it dry and then it is waterproof and stainproof, but still breathable, for between 20 and 40 washes," Yan told the Herald.

"It's based on nanotechnology and parents with small children are one of our main target markets.

"It's invisible, non-toxic, has no smell and we use recyclable plastic bottles we bring in from the States and the labels printed in Kildare."

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