The latest development from Van Riel, a textile processing company in Belgium, is a special and unique treatment on loose stock (flock) fiber. It is now possible to obtain a flame retardant (FR) treatment that is durable and irreversible. This means one can obtain loose cotton FR fiber that is washable at 60°C and that will stay so for a lifetime.
Today, FR cotton products must be processed on the cloth or on the piece to get a similar result. Achieving this on the fiber is a big advantage for applications in bedding or for protective clothing. The fiber can also be blended with other FR fibers.
During recent decades, Van Riel has moved ahead with new innovative processes for treating wool and that also includes shrink-proofing, flock dyeing on wool, synthetic fibers and cellulose fibers, depigmentation, bleaching, de-dusting, blending and baling, woolen and polyester cluster balls for filling, trading and fiber recycling.
Reprinted in part from woolnews.ne