Is GreenShield or GreenShield ZERO a fabric?
No. GreenShield products are nanoparticle-based chemical finishes
Is the GreenShield Nanotechnology Safe?
Yes. The nanoparticles used in GreenShield and GreenShield ZERO are of a size considered safe using both European and Californian health and environmental standards. Additionally, the meshed coating formed by these nanoparticles prevents individual nanoparticles from detaching from their bound fibers. Destruction of a fabric would release only large, stable chunks of benign coating.
Where are GreenShield and GreenShield ZERO made?
The GreenShield finishes are made in Rochester, New York, from raw materials also made in the USA.
What fabrics can the GreenShield finishes be applied to?
GreenShield and GreenShield ZERO are suitable for all fabrics, with a preference for artificial fibers. The GreenShield finishes can go on any fabric that can safely pass through the curing process at temperatures in excess of 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Natural fibers can see equal performance, but may require a higher concentration of GreenShield to compensate for the lower affinity.
Do the GreenShield finishes cost more than other finishes?
No. The price of GreenShield and GreenShield ZERO is similar to (if not less than) other commercial fabric finishes.
I’m a private consumer; can I buy GreenShield to treat my own upholstery in my home?
No. GreenShield and GreenShield ZERO are finishes applied to products that are sold through distributors, manufacturers, and other industrial and/or retail distribution channels. If you are a private consumer who would like GreenShield used in a household project, please request the GreenShield brand when ordering the fabric for your project.
How long do the GreenShield and GreenShield ZERO finishes stay on the fabric?
The GreenShield and GreenShield ZERO finishes are applied to fabric using standard industry processes; this patented finish is chemically bound to the fiber of the fabric. The finish is expected to last through the life of the fabric, assuming normal wear and tear.
How are GreenShield and GreenShield ZERO applied?
GreenShield finishes may be applied to fabrics via padding, foaming, and most other standard application methods.
Are GreenShield or GreenShield ZERO antimicrobial and antibacterial?
Yes and no. The GreenShield finishes themselves have no antibiotic, antifungal, or otherwise microbe destroying properties. Instead, their exceptional stain and water resistance prevents fabrics from holding on to fluids necessary for the survival and growth of bacterial and fungal colonies.
Can I clean GreenShield and GreenShield ZERO treated fabrics?
Yes. Fabric treated with GreenShield or Greenshield ZERO is rated as W/S, so it is resistant to water and solvents. Most stains can be easily cleaned with light brushing and/or water or non-solvent based cleaners. If a GreenShield coated fabric is to be machine washed, we recommend a natural soap-based cleaning product, or one containing borax.
Can fabrics treated with GreenShield or GreenShield ZERO be cleaned with bleach?
Only on certain fiber types; such as solution dyed nylon, solution dyed polyester, solution dyed polypropylene and solution dyed acrylic.
Do GreenShield or GreenShield ZERO have a barrier backing?
No. Neither GreenShield nor GreenShield ZERO normally has a barrier backing. However, a backing can be applied as a separate process if desired.
Can fabrics treated with GreenShield or GreenShield ZERO be recycled?
Yes. The GreenShield finish does not affect a fabric's ability to be recycled.
Do GreenShield or GreenShield ZERO help with LEED points?
The GreenShield finish is certified through Scientific Certification System (SCS); one can obtain LEED points by using the GreenShield finish on a textile product. The GreenShield ZERO finish can contribute to the LEED healthcare credit for furniture and medical furnishings.
Do GreenShield treated fabrics have VOC’s?
No. GreenShield and GreenShield ZERO treated fabrics have no VOC’s (volatile organic compounds), nor do the finishes used to treat them. The GreenShield treated fabrics have been certified through SCS to be in compliance with indoor air quality standard CA 01350.
Do GreenShield or Greenshield ZERO contain formaldehyde?
No. GreenShield finishes do not use formaldehyde.
Does GreenShield or GreenShield ZERO change the color of the fabrics?
No. Due to the significantly reduced chemistry, the GreenShield and GreenShield ZERO finishes show improved colorfastness relative
to other treated fabrics.
Do the GreenShield finishes cause shrinkage in the fabrics?
No. However, due to the curing temperature exceeding 250 degrees Fahrenheit, some fabrics may require dimensional stabilizers when being treated with GreenShield or GreenShield ZERO.
Are the GreenShield and GreenShield ZERO treated fabrics breathable?
Yes. Nanoparticle-based GreenShield finishes do not change a fabric’s breathability.
How do GreenShield and GreenShield ZERO compare with Crypton fabrics?
Crypton is an engineered textile with specific fiber and construction requirements that are treated through an immersion process that have a polymer-based stain repellent finish on the face of the fabric and a moisture barrier on the back of the fabric.GreenShield is a low fluorocarbon nanoparticle-based water and stain repellent finish applied to a fabric, protecting each individual fiber. GreenShield ZERO is a Fluorine Free that offers protection from water-based spills.
How do GreenShield and GreenShield ZERO compare to the Nanotex finish?
The Nanotex finish is a fluoropolymer-based finish that provides water and stain resistance to a fabric, while the GreenShield finish is an inorganic nanoparticle-based multifunctional finish that provides equivalent water and stain repellency with 7-10 times less fluorine.