Teflon vs. Other Finishes

24.02.2012 § Leave a comment

Teflon is a lot more affordable, and it does a basic stain repellent job. The other “healthcare” stain resistant finishes are costly products. Their strengths are permanence and stronger performance for both soil and oil resistance. Brentano chooses Teflon for residential applications while other finishes are used for healthcare purposes. « Read the rest of this entry »

Healthcare Fabrics and Finishes ~ 2

28.12.2011 § Leave a comment

Are stain resistant finishes waterproof?  Are they bleachable?

Because all stain resistant finishes are breathable, any liquid will go through the fabric eventually. It may bead up on the surface at first, but the finish will not make the fabric waterproof.

Similarly, one should not assume that a fabric is chlorine resistant because it has a stain resistant finish. Both GreenShield and Nano-Tex are chlorine resistant, but they will not make a fabric chlorine resistant. The fiber needs to be a chlorine resistant fiber, the way the fiber is dyed needs to be chlorine resistant, and the finish needs to be chlorine resistant. All three – fiber, dye, and finish – have to qualify in order for the fabric to be chlorine resistant. « Read the rest of this entry »

Healthcare Fabrics and Finishes ~ 1

27.12.2011 § Leave a comment

Do I need an antibacterial finish? Which brand should I pick?

Each of the different healthcare finish brands is slightly different, but for the most part they are very similar. It is like selecting between different brands of cleaning solutions; they each have slightly different ingredients, but all three use fluorocarbons, which is the main component for their stain resistance. To my understanding, the percentages of fluorocarbon content from most to least are Crypton, Nano-Tex, then GreenShield. « Read the rest of this entry »

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