SOFSTAR, special product of Nikoopak Company, is a special detergent powder (DP) multi-functional additive used in 2 in 1 products. Professional formulators of DP prefer to substitute some portions of their formula, usually builders like sodium tripolyphosphate (STPP) or sodium sulphate, with SOFSTAR. SOFSTAR is a hygroscopic product so prevents coagulating DP granules, improves its pouring, and facilitates its storage as well as extending it. SOFSTAR also makes economic advantages, increases production pure benefits, provides softening through the wash, increases production line capacity as it used post-add, improves easy-ironing property, and makes good sense of touching fabrics.
What is SOFSTAR?
SOFSTAR is an intercalated nano clay that introduce as a new DP softener generation in the world. SOFSTAR granule size is proportionated with DP particle size and formulators can add it to their formula till 15 present. Invisible nano layers of SOFSTAR provide significant properties for DP that lead to economically performance improvement.
SOFSTAR advantages in DP
- Increasing performance
- Decreasing builder usage percentage
- Providing softening-through-the-wash property as used in ۲ in 1 DP
- Providing easy ironing property
- Increasing moisture absorption of fabrics and invoking softening sense
- Protecting fabric yarns and colors
- Decreasing harshness of the washed fabrics
- Decreasing ash content of DP
- Possibility to increase Zeolite percentage
- Adding as post-add and increase the production line capacity
- Being compatible with other DP ingredients
- Decreasing negative environmental pollution
SOFSTAR in washing process
SOFSTAR is a mineral compound that made of layered aluminum silicates. The layers separate each other facing water molecules so that their positive edge are absorbed by negative static charges of fabrics. Therefore, invisible nano layers of SOFSTAR sediment on the fabrics and make it neutral as well as protecting it from spoiling and deposition of dirt. In the next washing new layers of SOFSTAR substitute of last layer and it is repeated in every washing and ultimately this process improve the final performance of the DP. On the other hand, it bonds with hard water elements and remove them from washing environment that lead to prevent wearing fabrics.
Utilizing SOFSTAR in DP formulation has specific effects on washed fabrics. It increases the wettability of fabrics as it is a water absorbent in contrary with organic softeners.
In addition, nano layers deposit on and between yarns and make it easy for yarns to slip on each other thus invoke softening sense, prevent hardener elements deposition on the fabric to prevent incrustation, it reduce the friction coefficient between fabric and iron that lead easy ironing property.
In sum, SOFSTAR provide nano technology advantages for DP users.