Is GreenShield a fabric?
No. GreenShield is a low-fluorocarbon nanoparticle-based chemical finish
Is the GreenShield Nanotechnology Safe?
Yes. The nanoparticles used in GreenShield 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 is GreenShield made?
The GreenShield finish is made in Rochester, New York, from raw materials also made in the USA.
What fabrics can the GreenShield finish be applied to?
GreenShield is suitable for all fabrics, with a preference for artificial fibers. The GreenShield finish can go on any fabric that can safely pass through the curing process at greater than 250 degrees Fahrenheit temperature. Natural fibers can see equal performance, but may require a higher concentration of GreenShield to compensate for the lower affinity.
Does the GreenShield finish cost more than other finishes?
No. The price of GreenShield 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 is a finish 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 does the GreenShield finish stay on the fabric?
The GreenShield finish is applied to fabric using standard industry processes; this patented finish is chemically bound to the fiber of the fabric. Thus the finish is expected to last through the life of the fabric, assuming normal wear and tear.
How is GreenShield applied?
The GreenShield finish may be applied to fabrics via padding, foaming, and most other standard application methods.
Is GreenShield antimicrobial and antibacterial?
Yes and no. The GreenShield finish itself has no antibiotic, antifungal, or otherwise microbe destroying properties. Instead, its 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 treated fabrics?
Yes. Fabric treated with GreenShield 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 be cleaned with bleach?
Only on certain fiber types; such as solution dyed nylon, solution dyed polyester, solution dyed polypropylene and solution dyed acrylic.
Does GreenShield have a barrier backing?
No. GreenShield normally does not have a barrier backing. However, a backing can be applied as a separate process if desired.
Can fabrics treated with GreenShield be recycled?
Yes. The GreenShield finish does not affect a fabrics ability to be recycled.
Does GreenShield 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.
Do GreenShield treated fabrics have VOC’s?
No. The GreenShield treated fabrics have no VOC’s (volatile organic compounds), nor does the finish used to treat them. The GreenShield treated fabrics have been certified through SCS to be in compliance with indoor air quality standard CA 01350.
Does GreenShield have formaldehyde?
No. The GreenShield finish does not use formaldehyde.
Does GreenShield change the color of the fabrics?
No. Due to the significantly reduced chemistry, the
GreenShield finish shows improved colorfastness relative
to other treated fabrics.
Does the GreenShield finish 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.
Are the GreenShield treated fabrics breathable?
Yes. Nanoparticle-based GreenShield finish does not change a fabric’s breathability.
How does GreenShield 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.
How does GreenShield 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 fluorochemical.