Antibacterial Chemicals for Apparel & Textiles
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Anti-bacterial are the agents that interferes with the growth and reproduction of the bacteria. Anti-bacterial are used to dis infect surfaces and to potentiate harmful bacteria. Heat, chemicals such as chlorine, phenols etc. and anti-bacterial drugs have anti-bacterial properties.

Items of clothing treated with three common antibacterial treatments:  silver, trichlocarban and triclosan, but other options exist.

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Antibacterial Finishes Testing - AATCC

  BioShield Technologies, Inc., is a Norcross Georgia based emerging growth company focused in biotechnology and antimicrobial products. Its core business is committed to the discovery, development, marketing and sale of surface-modifying antimicrobial and biostatic products. The company's antimicrobial technology is a revolutionary alternative to conventional sanitizers, disinfectants, bleaches, biocides or preservatives primarily because it kills bacteria, including HIV, on contact and can remain active for extended time periods. To date BioShield has received three US patents and eight EPA registrations, including the first U.S. germ killer and disinfectant against Salmonella cholerasuis, Staphylococcus aureus and other microorganisms. The company has developed several alliances in different industries, such as healthcare, textiles and storm water.

  Clariant : they provide chemicals for hygienic protection of fabrics of natural and manmade fibers.  The chemical is applied by exhaust and continuous processes and has strong wash durability.  It is for fabrics used in activewear, hosiery and undergarments.

  Renaissance Chemicals Ltd.: suitable for Antimicrobial Textile finishes and specialist papers including medical papers.  JMAC TM is a silver/titanium composite biocide of particle size 1-3 which is fibre substantive and durable. It will withstand 25 washes in non wovens. It is suitable for cotton and all types of synthetic fibre. Compatibility checks should be made with wool. Application can be by exhaustion or padding. Alternatively the biocide can be added to the dope, before spinning of fibres. Treated masterbatch can be supplied.

You may also have interest in learning about silver antimicrobial fabric and copper antimicrobial fabrics.

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