Stain repellent

A stain repellent is a product added to fabric in order to prevent stains.[1]


Stains on fabrics are classified into three types: water-based stains and oil-based stains or a mix of both.[2]

Stain repellant fabrics

Fabrics are finished with certain finishes that do not allow unwanted stains or that will wash out in simple laundry.


Mostly larger PFCAs such as perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) are used in stain repellancy. It is also known colloquially as C8. PFOA is a product of health concern and subject to regulatory action and voluntary industrial phase-outs.[3]

Alternative chemistry

There are chemicals which are based on C8 free chemistry that may be used as an alternative to PFOA, but those are less durable.[4]

See also


  1. ^ "Stain Resistance". Textile Information Knowledge Platform. Textile Centre of Excellence. 2020. Retrieved June 19, 2021.
  2. ^ Jackman, Dianne Rose; Dixon, Mary Katherine (1983). water+based+and+oil+based+stains. The Guide to Textiles for Interior Designers. Peguis Publishers Limited. p. 143. ISBN 978-0-919566-95-8.
  3. ^ "Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA), Teflon, and Related Chemicals". Retrieved 2021-06-20.
  4. ^ "Huntsman Drives Sustainable Growth in Vietnam's Textile Industry". Huntsman Corporation. Retrieved 2021-06-20.

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