01 Dec Fabric Treatments to Protect Your Textiles
Taking textiles to the next level since 1978, Finlam Technical specialises in protecting fabrics from humidity, heat, UV, fire, stains, fraying, mould and mildew, and more. Our specialised treatments enhance certain characteristics in textiles, which is of great benefit to healthcare, safety, and military industries. Our fabrics are used for uniforms, tents, awnings, umbrellas, rainwear, filtration and footwear. The fabric treatments needed to protect your textiles are covered in detail in this week’s blog.
This treatment provides protection against fungal and bacterial infection. Antimicrobial textiles have attracted a great deal of interest in recent years due to their potential for reducing the transmission of infection in medical and healthcare environments. Antimicrobial properties can also improve the performance and lifespan of consumer products, and so these fabrics are increasingly finding applications in the wider textile and apparel industry.
This treatment provides protection against the harsh rays of the sun. To protect from the detrimental effects of UV radiation, sun-protecting materials like creams, lotion, etc., have been on the market for years, but recently awareness of protective clothing has moved to the forefront. Dermatologists also keep emphasising that the best protective technique to avoid excessive exposure to the sun is to wear textiles to cover your body.
Clothing has the ability to protect the skin as long as the fabric from which it is made can reflect, absorb and scatter wavelengths so that it does not penetrate the textile materials.
Fabric is treated by coating, impregnation, or by applying a waterproof membrane. Fabrics that resist water are essential for everything from outdoor wear to military tents. By creating a moisture barrier, your waterproof textile can protect you and your belongings from inclement weather.
This imparts flame-retardant properties to woven, knitted and non-woven textiles. Many different flame-retardant standards exist, and solutions can be tailored to meet the customer’s requirements. Firefighters’ are able to save lives thanks to this fabric protection.
Repellents, Wetting, Coating
A fluorocarbon chemical helps repel water and oil and forms a protective barrier against stains and dirt. A chemical treatment enhances the ability of fabric to attract and absorb water. A pressure sensitive chemical is coated onto a fabric, and is then protected with a release paper. The end-user, at a later stage, will then remove the release paper, and by pressing the exposed surface to another laminate, will create a bond. For thermo-active coating a chemical coating is applied that can later be heat-activated to bond to another surface.