Soil Release Finish in Textile Industry | texhour.com

All fibers get soiled but most of them can be washed clean with detergents, soap & water which penetrates to the fiber. However, problems can arise with fabrics which are hydrophobic and oleophilic (oil attracting) – e.g. polyester. Fluorocarbon and nanotechnology are the commonly used soil release finish in the textile industry

Soil Release Finish in Textile Industry | texhour.com
Soil Release Finish in Textile Industry

 

Soil Release Finish

• All fibers get soiled but most of them can be washed clean with detergents, soap & water which penetrates to the fiber.

• However, problems can arise with fabrics which are hydrophobic and  oleophilic (oil attracting) – e.g. polyester

• A soil release finish will lessen the problem. This finish does not prevent soil from entering the fabric, instead, it allows it to leave the fabric faster.

• The soil release finish helps to:

1. Remove soil from the fabric and transfer it to the detergent;

2. Protect the fiber from attack by soil;

3. Prevent the re-deposition of soil which has been dissolved or dispersed;

4. Prevent dust from being attracted and held by electrical charges on the fabric surface.

Fluorocarbon and nanotechnology are the commonly used soil release finish in the textile industry.

 

Fluorocarbons

• Fluorocarbon coatings give a durable stain resistant and soil release finish.

• This finish penetrates the individual fibers & forms a coating which repels spills and staining agents. The surface properties of the fabric are not altered. Liquid spills can be blotted while soil stains get removed during laundering.

• This coating, however, gives the fabric a stiffer hand-feel and may affect other fabric performance features.

 

Nanotechnology

• This involves a chemical treatment of the fabric to create a surface that repels both water and oil. Most stains come from liquids (like orange juice). The liquid dries up and develops a stain.

• If the liquid can be kept from getting sucked in by the fabric fibers, a stain can be prevented from happening.

• Using nanotechnology, unique and permanent stain resistant finishes have been developed.

• Nanotechnology is defined as the precise manipulation of individual atoms and molecules to create layered structures on the fabric surface.