Chemical Finishing of Textiles


  • W D Schindler, University of Applied Sciences Hof, Germany
  • P J Hauser, NCSU, USA

The role of the textile finisher has become increasingly demanding, and now requires a careful balance between the compatibility of different finishing products and treatments and the application processes used to provide textiles with desirable properties. In one comprehensive book, Chemical finishing of textiles details the fundamentals of final chemical finishing, covering the range of effects that result from the interplay between chemical structures and finishing products.

After an introductory chapter covering the importance of chemical finishing, the following chapters focus on particular finishing techniques, from softening, easy-care and permanent press, non-slip and soil-release, to flame-retardant, antistatic and antimicrobial. Within each chapter, sections include an introduction, mechanisms, chemistries, applications, evaluations and troubleshooting. The book concludes with a chapter on the future trends in chemical finishing.

Chemical finishing of textiles is an essential reference for all academic and industrial textile chemists and for those studying textile education programmes.
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All academic and industrial textile chemists and those studying textile education programs


Book information

  • Published: August 2004
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • ISBN: 978-1-85573-905-5


…provides an excellent introduction to the chemical finishing of textiles with useful practical information from the authors., International Dyer
…compact and very readable., International Dyer

Table of Contents

Introduction to chemical finishing; Chemical finishing processes; Softening finishes; Hand building finishes; Easy-care and durable press finishes of cellulosics; Repellent finishes; Soil release finishes; Flame retardant finishes; Nonslip finishes; Antistatic finishes; Antipilling finishes; Elastomeric finishes; Finishes to improve colour fastness; Ultraviolet protection finishes; Antimicrobial finishes; Insect resist and mite protection finishes; Finishing with enzymes: Bio-finishes for cellulose; Novel finishes; Actual and future trends in chemical finishing.