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Silicone makes clothing more stylish, comfortable, and easier to care for. It also gives automotive and industrial textiles high-performance capabilities.
 
 

 

Did you know ... China, which produces about 30 percent of the world’s denim, could save up to 7.5 billion liters of process water annually by using a new silicone softening technology that enables denim processing steps
to be combined!
Read the article.
 
 

Silicone for Fabrics - Clothing and Coatings


Silicone has revolutionized the textiles industry

With proven silicone technology, manufacturers worldwide can create fabrics, clothing, and sporting goods that are ideal for today’s active lifestyles. They can also meet tough industrial challenges.

Click the Fascinating Silicone - Silicone for Textile and Clothing Applications  icons on the photo to see how much you already know about the many uses for fascinating silicone.

Did you know ... silicones help auto manufacturers and
airbag fabricators meet changing requirements for airbag design, foldability, cushioning, and hold-up time!
  


Why silicones excel in both fashion and industrial textiles applications

  1. Silicone fabric finishes bring a wide range of benefits to fashion textiles. They add softness, reduce shrinkage and improve wrinkle recovery, tear strength, abrasion resistance, and loft recovery. They can also improve water repellency or water absorbency.
  2. Silicone antifoams possess the properties required to control foam in harsh textiles processing environments.
  3. Silicone fabric coatings maintain their flexibility and stability over a wider range of temperatures than organic coatings. So the coatings do not become stiff and brittle in the cold or degrade when exposed to heat.
  4. In apparel, silicone coatings are breathable, comfortable, and suitable for skin contact.
  5. In automotive, manufacturing, construction, and sporting goods applications, silicone coatings are strong, durable, and resistant to heat, cold, moisture, UV rays, fire, and abrasion.

The silicone advantage

Silicones enable manufacturers to take textile finishing beyond simple coating, waterproofing, and softening to create functional fabrics, intelligent textiles, and high-performance textiles for industrial applications.

Because they are easy to process and effective at low use levels, silicones can be very cost effective to use.

 Did you know ... it can take as many as 12-15 layers of
a traditional textile printing ink to achieve the same
effect that can be obtained with only three layers of a
silicone textile printing ink! Read more.
 

Learn about other competitive advantages of silicones.

Versatile material options

Silicones for fashion and industrial textiles come in many forms:

  • Elastomers and rubbers – seam sealers, adhesives, bonding agents, textile coatings, and narrow fabric and lace coatings
  • Fluids and emulsions for fabric finishes, fiber lubricants, and process aids, including antifoams
  • Silane adhesion promoters

Learn more about the different forms of silicone.

Did you know ... silicones can make fabrics more hydrophobic (water repellent) or hydrophilic (water absorbing)!

Open the silicone toolbox to learn more about the many things silicones can
be and do.

Expand your understanding

Easy reading:

Silicones: Expanding opportunities for textile screen printers

Silicones: Helping produce the perfect jeans for you and the environment

Learn about silicones from Dow Corning:

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 Did you know ... silicone finishes are widely recognized as the best materials for increasing the softness of fabrics and enhancing the
way they feel!

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