FAQ’s : Nanotex

FAQ’s : Nanotex

Nanotex is a type of textile finishing that uses nanotechnology, the manipulation of matter on an atomic and molecular scale, to alter the properties of a textile to increase resistance to spills and stains. Nanotex is an environmentally friendly finishing option. A fabric finished with Nanotex can be recycled.

DuraBlock is a backing that can be applied to all fabrics finished with Nanotex. DuraBlock forms a breathable, liquid-proof barrier that prevents liquids or contaminants from reaching the seat cushion. Its ideal usage is for seating in high-traffic areas in healthcare, institutional, and educational environments. Fabrics backed with DuraBlock can be recycled.

Nanotex plus Bio-Am is Nanotex with antimicrobial benefits. This is a permanent finish that protects the fabric against microbes such as MRSA, mildew, mold, fungi, algae, and bacteria. It helps to reduce odors and stains caused by microbes. It can be applied to virtually all fabrics, including natural and synthetic fibers. Nanotex plus Bio-Am is environmentally friendly. In addition to being biodegradable, it also does not contain any arsenic, tin, heavy metals or polychlorinated phenols. This finish will not change the hand of the fabric. Nanotex Bio-Am is ideal for cubicle curtains, panel systems, upholstery, and drapery.

How Do Nano-Tex Fabrics Work? – New Technology

Nano-Tex is one company becoming widely known for its nano-engineered fabrics that repel stains and control moisture levels in a way unheard of a very short time ago. But how exactly do they do such an effective job?

The stain repellent fabrics from Nano-Tex are called, Nano-Care. The Nano-Care fabrics use billions of tiny fibres, each about 10 nanometers long, embedded within traditional materials like cotton or linen. The fibres (called “nanowhiskers”) are waterproof and increase the density of the fabric. This increases the surface tension on the outer layer of the fabric so liquid cannot soak through. Nano-Care will last for around 50 home wash cycles before its effectiveness is lost. Unlike treatments like Scotchguarding, which is simply sprayed on the surface, Nano-Care treatments are actually embedded in the products themselves.

Nanotechnology can also be used in the opposite manner to increase the ability of textiles, particularly synthetics, to absorb dyes. Until now most polypropylenes have resisted dyeing, so they were deemed unsuitable for consumer goods like clothing, table cloths, or floor and window coverings. A new technique being developed is to add nanosized particles of dye friendly clay to raw polypropylene stock before it is extruded into fibres. The resultant composite material can absorb dyes without weakening the fabric.



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