Carpets made from untreated yarn (left) and Lanasan NCF treated yarn (right) after WNZ.IWS Rapid Soiling test TM 267
AgResearch has developed Lanasan NCF (Nano Carpet Finish) which improves the appearance of carpets, increases their lifetime, and improves the efficiency of carpet manufacturing.
Lanasan NCF is applied to yarn during dyeing or scouring. This technology has been commercialised by Clariant, a leading international textile chemical company.
- Lanasan NCF prevents soil particles from attaching themselves to the wool, reducing the propensity for soiling by 35%. This enables consumers to choose pale shade carpets without worrying about excessive soiling.
- The shedding of loose fibres is a significant cause of customer dissatisfaction with new carpets. By modifying inter-fibre friction, Lanasan NCF greatly reduces shedding - by up to 85% in some cases.
- Trials show up to a 20% increase in carpet’s ability to withstand short-term wear. Results in long term trials are even more impressive - carpet made from Lanasan NCF yarn withstood 25,000 rubs before the backing was exposed compared to only 15,000 for the untreated sample.
- Lanasan NCF strengthened yarns by as much as 80% - reducing the frequency of yarn breaks and the resulting machine stoppages - during high speed tufting and weaving.