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Textiles Intelligence

Stain protection in textiles and apparel: preserving aesthetics, durability, functionality and sustainability

This report provides a wealth of information on stain repellent treatments.

8th September 2017

Innovation in Textiles

Medical/Hygiene, Sports/​Outdoor, Clothing/​Footwear

Report summary

The main objective of stain protection in apparel is to preserve the aesthetics, durability and functionality of a garment by preventing liquids and particulate matter from attaching to the fabric from which the garment is made.

Moreover, stain protection is essential in applications such as medical apparel and industrial workwear where it is important to prevent spills from penetrating a garment and reaching the wearer if those spills have the potential to cause harm. However, stain resistance is also in demand for everyday wear. Stain repellent treatments minimise the need to launder and dry clean garments, and a combination of stain resistance, wrinkle resistance and anti-odour treatments helps to keep clothes looking fresher for longer.

But several stain repellent treatments are based on fluorocarbons–whose manufacture can result in the generation of chemicals which may have adverse effects on the environment and on human health. This has prompted several companies to invest in innovation and the development of treatments which are environmentally sustainable without compromising on performance. This report provides a wealth of information on stain repellent treatments, applications of stain repellent apparel, and developments in stain protection technologies.

The report also features information on: the market for stain repellent apparel; the properties of stain repellent materials; the benefits of stain protection; methods used to achieve stain repellency; materials and technologies used for stain protection in textiles; innovations in stain repellent apparel; and the outlook for the stain protection market.

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Publisher: Textiles Intelligence

47 pages, published August 2017

Report price: Euro 570.00; US$ 750.00

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