Antimicrobial natural fibres

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Natural textiles are damaged by microbial attacks, and the fabrics used in hospitals against contamination can be vectors for nosocomial infections. Protection against these biohazards and consumers' demand for hygienic products, requires antimicrobial textiles. This chapter discusses the role of fabrics in protection from biohazards, plus the main types of antimicrobial agents applied to natural fibres (including cotton, wool, flax, hemp, silk, and natural based viscose and Lyocell). Basic methods for producing antimicrobial textiles are also covered, including evaluations of antimicrobial efficacy and the risks of antimicrobial finishing.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProcessing and Applications
PublisherElsevier Ltd
Number of pages39
ISBN (Electronic)9780857095510
ISBN (Print)9781845696986
Publication statusPublished - Sep 21 2012



  • Antimicrobial fibres
  • Hygienic textiles
  • Nosocomial infection
  • Protection against biohazard

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Materials Science(all)

Cite this

Borsa, J. (2012). Antimicrobial natural fibres. In Processing and Applications (Vol. 2, pp. 428-466). Elsevier Ltd.