Textile care includes all the products used in cleaning of textiles to keep them looking their best. Cleaning is the main stressor of textiles as it involves potential stretching, shrinking, and heat damage to the material. Fortunately, a wide range of products is available for the safe cleaning of textiles, the suppliers of which can be located by companies worldwide on productpilot.com.
Liquid chlorine bleach is added to laundry water to whiten fabric, remove stains and soil, and to disinfect. Bleach can weaken some fibers and is not recommended for silks, rubber, spandex, wool, or acetate. All-fabric bleach is a slower working alternative that is regarded as safe for all colours. White textiles such as bedding and men’s shirts take on a yellow tinge after repeated laundering. Bluing is a blue pigment that is diluted in water and used to whiten textiles by counteracting the yellow.
Detergents are the most popular means of removing stains and soil. Detergents contain enzymes that dissolve stains from food, grease, and oil stains, and are available as a liquid or in granule format. The ability of detergents to work depends on the mineral content of the wash water. Water softeners are additives that inactivate magnesium and calcium ions in water and improve the cleaning power of a detergent. Liquid detergents are cost-effective because they don’t need hot water to dissolve. Soaking products contain enzymes as well as detergents and soaps and are used to pre-soak heavily soiled textiles for a limited time, typically 30 minutes, prior to laundering. Specialty detergents are available for delicate textiles, wools, spandex, delicate fabrics, and textiles containing elastics.
Dry cleaning is an alternative cleaning method for textiles that can lose their shape if subjected repeatedly to water, or if water changes the colour of the textile. Most dry-cleaning fluids are toxic and flammable and not recommended for home use. Stain or spot removing products for home use generally target a group of stains that have common properties, such as protein or grease.
Care should be taken with automatic dryers as they subject the textile to heat stress and stretching. Lower heat and shorter duration settings are an alternative to line drying for some fabrics. Fabric softeners used in the wash cycle or in dryers help to control fiber stiffness and the static electricity built up in dryers. Textile care products take on a range challenges in the process of laundering. Buyers and traders can familiarize themselves with the variety of products and their manufacturer or distributing companies at productpilot.com.
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