Eliminating EtO issues with low shrink SAF fabrics
EtO sterilization is a low-temperature process (typically between 37 and 63°C) that uses ethylene oxide (EtO) gas to reduce the level of infectious agents. While generally applied in gas form, however, the EtO is usually mixed with other substances – and often steam.
The amount of shrinkage caused by EtO sterilization depends very much on the product design and construction, but in general the new SAF has been tested and proven to reduce fabric shrinkage by around 70%. It is suitable for use in all SAF nonwovens formats, whether needlepunched, thermally bonded or airlaid.