Appl. Sci. 2012, 2(1), 192-205; doi:10.3390/app2010192
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Stain Resistance of Cotton Fabrics before and after Finishing with Admicellar Polymerization

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Received: 18 January 2012; in revised form: 24 February 2012 / Accepted: 27 February 2012 / Published: 5 March 2012
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Organo-Fluorine Chemical Science)
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Abstract: Environmental concerns related to perfluoroctanoic acid (PFOA) led to a re-examination of the methods for imparting stain resistance and stain repellency to textiles. Non-PFOA fluoropolymer finishes have been formed on cotton knits by admicellar polymerization, a surface analogue of emulsion polymerization. Fabric samples were characterized by a drop test, contact angle measurements, SEM, elemental analysis and durability studies. Stain resistance and stain release properties were assessed by reflectance and AATCC tests with results comparing favorably with swatches from commercially available garments. Admicellar polymerization enabled the formation of durable finishes that exhibited high performance in stain resistance and stain repellency.
Keywords: admicellar polymerization; cotton; stain resistance; stain release; fluoropolymer
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Hanumansetty, S.; Maity, J.; Foster, R.; O’Rear, E.A. Stain Resistance of Cotton Fabrics before and after Finishing with Admicellar Polymerization. Appl. Sci. 2012, 2, 192-205.

AMA Style

Hanumansetty S, Maity J, Foster R, O’Rear EA. Stain Resistance of Cotton Fabrics before and after Finishing with Admicellar Polymerization. Applied Sciences. 2012; 2(1):192-205.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Hanumansetty, Srinivas; Maity, Jayanta; Foster, Rod; O’Rear, Edgar A. 2012. "Stain Resistance of Cotton Fabrics before and after Finishing with Admicellar Polymerization." Appl. Sci. 2, no. 1: 192-205.

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