Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Teflon Treated Garments - stain resistant

Denim Treated with Teflon

Cotton is the most highly demanded fiber on the planet and is prized for its absorbent qualities, comfort, ease of wear, and versatility. Although a popular choice for many differing articles of clothing, there is one problem with the versatile fabric, it is extremely prone to soiling. Everything from chocolate to oil to red wine instantly stains the fabrics made from this fiber and are sometimes tricky to remove. This is where Teflon comes in to save the day. Teflon is part of advanced stain repellent technology that provides excellent protection against liquid spills and stains.

Teflon, also known as Polytetrafluoroethyhlene, was discovered in 1938 by the DuPont Company in their Jackson laboratory and is at the forefront of stain resistant innovations. The technology of Teflon is simple. The molecular make-up of chemicals binds around the individual cotton fibers instantly repelling oil and water based stains and releasing ground in dirt and natural stains during the laundering process. The molecules that make up Teflon are hydrophilic or water loving and they attract water and detergent into the fabric, liberating the stains into the wash leaving the fabric looking bright and clean. This new technology for repelling stains uses "nano-whiskers" that are adhered to the individual fibers and cause liquids to bead or roll off of the surface of the fabric. The stain does not adhere with the fibers and therefore soiling is minimal (Kadolph, 369). It is quite remarkable and clearly the best stain repellent out there.

Teflon creates a completely stain-resistant fabric that still has the natural drape, color, or breathability of similar untreated fabrics and that is something that people are willing to pay for. Denim is the perfect fabric for Teflon treatment because of its diverse market of consumers, versatile end uses, and the wide range of environmental factors that it is exposed to every day. It needs to be wearable, functional, and long lasting; all characteristics that are enhanced by Teflon treatments. Denim may be used for a tablecloth, a pair of jeans, or even a backpack and although each of these products requires different things from a fabric; they all need to be stain resistant. Cotton and Teflon are a perfect blend of style and function for daily life due to their combined ease of wear, soft hand, versatility, stain resistance, and breathability.

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