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Effect of Antimicrobial Finish on Mechanical Property of Cotton Fabric

Effect of Antimicrobial Finish on Mechanical Property of Cotton Fabric

Shama Sadaf1*, Komal Hassan1, Ayesha Saeed1 and Zeeshan Ahmad2 

1Department of Home Economics, Lahore College for Women University, Lahore, Pakistan; 2School of Science and Technology, University of Management and Technology, Lahore, Pakistan.

 
*Correspondence | Shama Sadaf, Department of Home Economics, Lahore College for Women University, Lahore, Pakistan; Email: sadaf.shama@gmail.com

ABSTRACT

The study was aimed to applying eco-friendly antimicrobial finish on cotton fabric and checked mechanical property by pre and post-test and durability of this finish was checked up to 25 washes. The eco-friendly antimicrobial finish was extracted from leaves of Azadirachata indica, Butea monosperma and Litchi chinensis plants and applied on 100% cotton. Before and after applying antimicrobial finish mechanical property was checked. The antimicrobial finish was applied by pad dry cure method and finish was fixed by using of poly urethane binder. The presence of microorganisms was checked by ASTEM E2149 shake flask method before and after applying antimicrobial finish and after successive 25 washes. The results were analyzed through MANOVA. The fabric properties were checked by using ISO standard test methods. The fabric which was treated with A. indica showed 100% reduction on all samples after 22 hours, but after six days only one colony of microorganism was appeared on treated fabric, while nine colonies was observed on untreated cotton sample The cotton fabric treated with B. monosperma and L. chinensis exhibited 100% reduction after 22 hours and even after six days interval. In case of mechanical properties (Tensile strength, Tear strength) antimicrobial finish had made positive effect on cotton. The antimicrobial finish lasted up to 25 washes. The study suggested that antimicrobial fabric is suitable to provide protection cover for medical industry, paramedical staff, sports wears, home furnishing as well as common people.

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Journal of Innovative Sciences

December

Vol.8, Iss.2, Pages 146-325

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