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Melamine in textiles and paper

Melamine-formaldehyde resins are used for a variety of textile applications to:
- improve wrinkle resistance in cotton and cotton-synthetic blends;
- provide mildew resistance and water repellence;
- dye fixative for disperse dyes;
- carry pigment and fire retardant binder;
- reduce the shrinkage of cellulosic fibers;
- impart permanent press characteristics to cotton - polyester blends;
- improve the stiffness or resiliency of synthetic fabrics

MF resins are used to treat banknote papers and wall papers to impart resistance to rub, wrinkle and moisture. If the Euro banknotes can be used for many years and still look as new, melamine has a good part of the merit.