COMPARATIVE STUDY OF ANTIMICROBIAL ACTIVITY OF QUATERNARY AMMONIUM COMPONENT COATED KNITTED FABRICSK. M. PACHIYAPPAN, V. R. SAMPATH AND B. SENTHIL KUMAR
The rapid growth in technical textiles and their end-uses has generated many opportunities for the application of innovative finishes. Antimicrobial textiles with improved functionality find a variety of applications such as health and hygiene products and several medical applications such as infection control and barrier material. The three-types of knitted fabric samples namely, 100% tencel, polyester and cotton was used in the present study.. The structure of the knitted structures are selected into three different types namely, single jersey, RIB and interlock. All the three knitted samples were finished with antibacterial agent in a similar condition and the efficiency of the antibacterial activity was tested against the standard organisms Escherichia coliand Staphylococcus aureuswith the test reference of AATCC 147. The results showed that Rib fabric with tencel structures showed maximum antibacterial activity both qualitatively and quantitatively. In addition to that knitted structures of other cotton, polyester samples are also showed better antimicrobial activity than other knitted structures.
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