Bleaching of Wool with Sodium Borohydride

Yilmazer D., KANIK M.

JOURNAL OF ENGINEERED FIBERS AND FABRICS, vol.4, no.3, pp.45-50, 2009 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier


An untreated wool fabric was bleached both with sodium borohydride (SBH) in the presence of sodium bisulphite (SBS) solution and with a commercial H2O2 bleaching method. The concentration effects of SBH and SBS, bleaching time, pH and temperature on SBH bleaching process were investigated. Whiteness, yellowness and alkali solubility results were assessed for both bleaching methods. The results showed that whiteness degrees obtained with SBH bleaching was comparable with that of H2O2 bleaching method; whereas the alkali solubility values of the SBH bleaching was superior to the H2O2 bleaching.