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Wacker Wetsoft® NE 230 Silicone Softener Emulsion
Categories: Polymer; Thermoset; Silicone

Material Notes: Product description: WETSOFT® NE 230 is a nonionic macro emulsion of a self dispersing polyether-amino-functional silicone fluid.

Properties: By improving hand and because of its nature, WETSOFT® NE 230 considerably improves the wear comfort of textiles. The hydrophilic properties are the result of the special orientation of WETSOFT® NE 230 on the fiber surface. This allows unrestricted moisture transport within the fabric, together with the excellent hand that is generally associated with high-quality silicone textile softeners. Due to the surface oriented silklike and supple softness effect it is particularly suitable for light woven goods where hydrophilic properties are of importance.WETSOFT® NE 230 bonds more strongly to the fiber surface than glycoland quat-functional polysiloxanes. This leads to better exhaustibility and wash resistance.Because of its cationic structure, WETSOFT® NE 230 has limited compatibility with anionic auxiliaries such as optical brighteners. Compatibility tests should be carried out before it is used together with other chemicals.

Application: WETSOFT® NE 230 is used for hydrophilic treatment of fibers and textiles of all kinds. On hydrophilic substrates such as cellulosics, the hydrophilic properties are not usually affected, whereas hydrophobic substrates such as polyesters usually experience a clear improvement in wetting properties. WETSOFT® NE 230 provides woven goods and knitwear with a silky soft, supple and smooth hand. WETSOFT® NE 230 has very little effect on the degree of whiteness. Generally, no adverse effect on the shade or colour fastness properties of coloured goods is observed. WETSOFT® NE 230 is used for padding, in the exhaust process and can also be used on its own or together with organic fabric softeners, polyethylene waxes and other finishing agents. The compatibility should be tested on a case-by-case basis.

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