With products in the BioPrep® family, your cotton mill can eliminate high-temperature alkaline scouring. The result is savings in water, energy and time. BioPrep® products give cotton knits a superior hand feel and lasting softness. That means you can reduce or even eliminate the need for softeners. The BioPrep® family of products is available in a range of concentrations.
Eliminates high temperature alkaline scouring
BioPrep® products are an alternative to conventional alkaline scouring at high temperatures. They deliver more consistent and reliable results to your mill.
Fast-acting, enzymatic BioPrep® products don't need the high temperatures of conventional scouring. That allows you to make savings of up to 50% in pre-treatment process energy costs.
Conventional alkaline scouring needs chemical neutralization. It also needs thorough rinsing with up to three baths. BioPrep® products only need one. By reducing the number of baths needed, these products can save your mill up to 67% water in the pre-treatment process.
Reduces weight loss and maintains strength
Sodium hydroxide and other chemical alkalis used in conventional scouring don't just break down wax. They also attack the cellulose. That reduces fabric weight and strength. The specific action of BioPrep® products only targets pectin. The result is a 1-2% reduction in weight loss compared to conventional scouring. That helps fabrics to maintain their strength.
Reduces COD and salt loads in wastewater
Processing cotton naturally leads to high COD, BOD and TDS loads in your mill's wastewater plant. Conventional scouring further increases COD loads. BioPrep® products reduce COD, BOD and salt (acid and alkali) loads. That helps your plant stay in compliance and reduces your mill's overall environmental footprint.
Simplifies process for higher mill capacity
BioPrep® products simplify your process, as you need fewer chemicals and lower temperatures. That saves you time, which means you can optimize use of capacity.
Safer to use
With enzymatic BioPrep® products, you can eliminate harsh chemicals from your pretreatment process. That leads to improved worker safety at your mill.
A more sustainable solution
This product is both biodegradable and renewable. In many processes it saves water and energy. That makes it a more sustainable solution.
This product contains enzymes. While enzymes are safe to use in consumer applications, they need correct handling in working environments to ensure workers’ safety.
Indeed, repeated inhalation of enzyme dust or aerosols resulting from improper handling may induce sensitization and may cause allergic type 1 reactions in sensitized individuals.
Please follow the precautionary handling recommendations below:
- Avoid breathing dust/fume/gas/mist/vapors/spray
- Avoid contact with eyes, skin, or clothing
- In case of inadequate ventilation wear respiratory protection
- IF INHALED: Remove person to fresh air and keep comfortable for breathing
- If experiencing respiratory symptoms: Call a POISON CENTER or a doctor
- Store in a dry place. Store in a closed container
- Dispose of contents/containers in accordance with local regulations
For more safety information, please watch the entire series of safety videos.
Even dyeing depends on efficient wax removal. Pectins 'glue' wax to fabric fibers. Textile mills use pectinases to break down pectin. That releases the wax and prepares fabrics for even dyeing.
Scouring is a key process in textile production. It's a pre-treatment for cellulosic fibers, including cotton. It removes impurities from the fibers. These impurities include waxes, pectins, hemicelluloses, and mineral salts.
Even dyeing is dependent on efficient wax removal. Pectin acts like a glue that binds wax to the fibers. So efficient wax removal is dependent on efficient pectin removal.
Pectin consists of long chains of polygalacturonic acid. These chains are linked by glycosidic bonds. Pectinase enzymes break these bonds to break down the pectin.
Textile mills use alkaline pectinases to break down pectin in fabrics. That enables efficient pectin and wax removal, and prepares the fabrics for even dyeing.