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New Finishing Opportunities for Wrinkle-Resistant Cotton

R. Michael Tyndall


Wrinkle-resistant 100% cotton slacks now represent 36% of the total volume of men's and boy's cotton slacks sold at retail for 1995. More and more there is a partnership between the chemical industry, the manufacturers, and the retail segment to keep this growth alive. In order to accomplish these, new technologies and combinations of technologies are emerging to provide improved performance. Among these are low formaldehyde resins, softener systems, pre- and post-washing methods, and new application techniques. One such technique is called the metered addition method for the application of wrinkle-resistant chemistry to cotton garments. This provides the garment finisher with a precise, controllable application process which will eliminate effluent problems and give 100% total utilization of the chemistry applied. This report describes this technology, all control parameters, the benefits, and test results which demonstrate the feasibility of this application method.

Reprinted from Proceedings of the 1996 Beltwide Cotton Conferences pp. 1499 - 1501
©National Cotton Council, Memphis TN

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