The role of nanotechnology in textile industry has accelerated with a positive momentum during the recent past years. Textile companies have been spending ample in research and development activities in order to discover appropriate products, and add innovations to their existing ones. In fact, textile industry is the first manufacturing industry to come up with finished products that are enhanced through nanotechnology-based products. Nanotechnology has versatile applications in Textile Chemicals industry in manufacturing garments with stain resistance, flame retardant finishes, wrinkle resistance finishes, moisture management, antimicrobial qualities, UV protection, and soil release properties, etc.


www.fibre2fashion.com has got feedback from the Schoeller Technologies AG, one of the leaders in Nanofinishes from the textile industry regarding the role of Nanotechnology in textile industry.


The leaves of certain plants always stay clean, because dirt cannot adhere to the finely- structured Surfaces and is easily washed off by rain.


The natural non-stick, and cleaning process, also known as the self-cleaning effect, is permanently transferred to the textile surface by means of nanotechnology.


The result is NanoSphere an ecologically clean textile finish, developed in accordance with the bluesign standard.


Water and stains have no chance:


Water and annoying stains have no chance on textiles with a NanoSphere finish. The nanotechnology-based textile impregnation is characterized by a high level of water resistance, a natural self-cleaning effect and a durable protective function.

 

Background - Nanotechnology:


Nano uniqueness-the size




 

NanoSphere-naturally self-cleaning:



A nearly perfect copy of nature:



NanoSphere - naturally self-cleaning:


The nano particles in the NanoSphere finish form a fine structure on the textile surface. Water or substances such as oil or ketchup simply run off the NanoSphere surface, any residue can easily be rinsed off with a little water.

 

Comparison of a conventional fabric surface with a NanoSphere surface:




 

Advantages:


  • High level of water resistance


  • Naturally self- cleaning


  • Durable protective function


High levelof water resistance:


On NanoSphere textiles, water drops, e.g. when it is raining steadily, runoff simply and reliably.



Naturally self-cleaning:


Oil, dirt and dust do not adhere to the NanoSphere surface and can be rinsed off with water.



Durable protective function:

 

Due to the extremely high level of abrasion resistance, the NanoSphere protective function is retained even with heavy duty use, frequent washing or cleaning.


 

 

Durable protective function:


The NanoSphere-finish when compared to other traditional textile finishes has a very high level of both wet and dry abrasion resistance.



Durable protective function:


v      Normal washing or dry cleaning.

v      Garments with NanoSphere finish can be washed and dry cleaned very easily.

v      After 50 washing cycles the function still remains.

v      Fabric softeners or dryer sheets are not recommended.

v      Ironing or Tumbling.

v      Heat and ironing recommended for optimum function.



NanoSphere is based on bluesign standard:

 

This NanoSphere technology is based on the bluesign standard, and guarantees the highest possible exclusion of substances which are harmful to human so the environment and promotes the economical use of resources in manufacturing.


v      Elimination of all problematic substances

v      Nano particles are fixed into a coating matrix.

v      First class hygienic working conditions.


NanoSphere advantages at a glance:


v      Uniquely repels water and stains.

v      High level of abrasion resistance.

v      NanoSphere offers reliable protection and lots of comfort

v      The function is maintained even after numerous washing or cleaning cycles.

v      NanoSphere can be applied on all types of textiles (cotton, synthetics etc.)

v      Look, feel and breath ability are not affected.

v      Ecologically clean textile finish developed in accordance with the bluesign standard.



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