What are PFCs?
PFCs (perfluorinated and polyfluorinated compounds) are a large group of chemicals used as intermediate products and auxiliary materials as well as the degradation products of certain fluorine compounds.
They are surface-active substances in which fluorine atoms have entirely replaced the hydrogen atoms in the carbon chain. Combined with long fluoropolymers, their hydrophobic (water-repellent) and lipophobic (fat-repellent) features are applied to numerous consumer products. Fluoropolymers are therefore used in water, dirt and fat-repellent finishes on carpets, apparel and non-stick pots and pans.
Why are PFCs used in textile coatings?
PFCs are primarily used as polymers due to the permanent water-repellent and dirt-repellent characteristics they provide to impregnations (DWR) on the outer material of weatherproof apparel. Materials featuring this type of coating combine high water-repellent and dirt-repellent characteristics with exceptional durability and resistance.
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