New Automotive Fabrics with Anti-odour and Antimicrobial Properties
The aim of this research is to explore the application of bio-polysaccharide chitosan for the purpose of incorporating fragrance oil into automotive fabrics and its antimicrobial properties relevant to automotive interior textiles. Chitosan was selected for this study for its film forming ability and inherent antimicrobial attributes. 100% polyester automotive fabrics were used in this study, as 100% polyester is predominant fibre used for automotive interior textiles. The application of microencapsulated strawberry fragrance oil was studied to overcome the low durability issue. The microencapsulated fragrance oil was applied to the finished commercial 100% polyester automotive woven and knitted fabrics, in combination with chitosan. The treated fabrics were then assessed for smell retention. A new qualitative sensorial evaluation method was specifically developed for this study. It was concluded that application of the microencapsulated fragrance oil to the 100% polyester fabrics in combination with chitosan produced durable fragrance finish. The treated fabrics were also assessed for their antimicrobial properties. The assessment of the results indicated that the fabrics treated with microencapsulated fragrance oil in combination with chitosan displayed excellent antimicrobial property. The study concluded that the use of chitosan as a binder for the application of microencapsulated fragrance oil results in high fragrance retention in 100% polyester automotive fabrics and also produces excellent antimicrobial attributes in these fabrics.
KeywordsCotton Fabric Antimicrobial Property Polyester Fabric Chitosan Film Weave Fabric
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