Home textile products are gaining importance among consumers. But today, consumers along with fine quality and better designs also demand improved functionality and value added finishes. Growing awareness, modernized lifestyle requirements, and latest research and developments have resulted in the development of new and unique finishes for home textiles. The existing home textile products provide anti-microbial, snit-mite, flame retardant, and fragrance encapsulating finishes.
Modern finishes can moderate temperature, keep allergies at bay, and posses healing qualities too. One of the latest innovations has been developing thermal draperies. These drapes are designed to keep the interiors of a home cool in the summer and warm during winters.
The fabrics consist of an opaque rubber backing which is applied to the end of an uncoated fabric for improving light absorption. A single coat of liquefied rubber polymer, which is fused dry with help of a heated roller, is applied to the same fabric. Also referred to as dim-out, these fabrics can absorb 50-70 percent of the direct light falling on them thereby providing heat insulation.
With the advent of smart textiles, there are smart solutions for sleeping comfortably on beddings and mattresses that regulate temperature based on the body climate of the individual for a restful sleep. The bedding fibre uses phase changing material with thermo regulating features. Paraffin, which is embedded in the crystalline, is spun with a tear-resistant fibre. This functional fibre takes in excess heat and when needed releases it in a micro-climatic condition. The choice of paraffin is responsible for adjusting the temperature of heat absorption and heat dissipation.
Another technique used by a company for thermoregulation microencapsulates the phase changing materials integrated in duvets, pillows, and mattresses. When the body temperature of the person sleeping drops, the fluids in the capsules change the phase from liquid to solid and dispense heat energy keeping the individual warm. The heat regulating capsules store warmth and release as and when it is required.
Cotton products used for the home need regular washing and are prone to a lot of wear and tear.
This results in weakening of the fabric strength, fading, and tearing. Considering the above problem, a company has developed an innovative finish that helps cotton fabrics resist the regular wear and tear from abrasion. Moreover, it provides additional benefits to home textile products like it gives an enhanced level of wrinkle resistance, has shrinkage controlling properties, prevents colour loss, and helps retain the softness of the fabrics. Such functionality can make home textile products like beddings and sheeting last for a very long time.