Consumers today demand high performance in textiles, […]
Consumers today demand high performance in textiles, regardless of whether the fabric is used in clothing, home textiles or outdoor applications. The purchase decision is usually based on the functional aspects of the fabric as well as the color and texture. Therefore, antibacterial fabrics can provide added value for many different types of goods.
Bacteria, fungi and dust mites can cause severe damage and cause many different problems. They can produce peculiar smells in underwear and sportswear, spread in the medical environment, cause allergic reactions, and may cause stains on upholstery and other household items.
Microbial growth can also attack outdoor textiles, such as awnings, tents or lawn furniture, and cause discoloration and degradation.
Benefits of antibacterial fabric treatment
Antibacterial fabrics can provide freshness, stain resistance and extend product life, even for heavy outdoor applications.
How are the fabric antibacterial additives applied?
Antibacterial fabric treatment can be carried out in the normal textile finishing process, which means no special equipment or processing steps are required.
When applied by coating, filling, exhaustion or foaming, antimicrobial additives can often be combined with other common additives such as softeners, moisture management systems, fluorocarbons or resins.
By adding directly to the liquid before application, the antibacterial treatment of the fabric can be used for textile coatings.
In the extrusion process of synthetic fibers (such as polyester, polyamide or polypropylene), certain antibacterial additives for fabrics can also be included.
By offering a wide selection of active ingredients and formulations, you can be confident that we will always provide you with the right product, regardless of your end use.
Our range of antifungal and antibacterial additives for fabrics ensures excellent protection and performance.
Active ingredients for antibacterial fabric treatment
The selection of antimicrobial additives for textiles depends on the type of fiber, processing conditions, and the type of protection required (eg antibacterial and/or antifungal activity). Other requirements must also be considered, such as washability and individual country regulations.
The most common antimicrobial additives used to treat end-use fabrics such as clothing and home textiles are zinc pyrithione, silver, silane quaternary ammonium compounds (commonly called silane quaternary ammonium salts), and polyhexamethylene biguanide (PHMB).
These additives have strong antibacterial activity at low concentrations, and most of them also have excellent washing resistance. If antifungal properties are also required, high concentrations are usually required.
Fabrics used for industrial or outdoor end-uses often require antibacterial treatments for mold. Isothiazolinone and thiabendazole have powerful antifungal properties, but they are not effective against bacterial invasion.
Need fabrics with powerful antibacterial and antifungal properties?
All technologies have their advantages and disadvantages in terms of antibacterial effects, as well as their positions and methods in the manufacturing process. No one active ingredient or product formula is suitable for all situations.
The synergistic combination of different active substances can reduce the overall level of antimicrobial use, provide economic savings, and most importantly, provide excellent antimicrobial properties. Therefore, it is very important to cooperate with experienced suppliers of antimicrobial agents with a variety of options and formulations. Contact us to learn about the unique combinations we offer.