FAQs: C Zero

Q. What is C Zero?

A. C Zero is Crypton’s newest finish technology specially formulated for those looking for a fluorine-free solution for stain resistance on fabrics.


Q. On what fabrics can C Zero be used?

A. C Zero is suitable for all fiber types, offering a full range of fabric options; however, fabrics with a smoother hand perform better than textured fabrics.


Q. Does C Zero change the color or hand of the fabric?

A. No.


Q. Are there limitations with C Zero?

A. Yes. C Zero is not resistant to oil-based stains, so it is really only suitable for select environments, such as offices and lobbies.


Q. Is C Zero a replacement for Crypton, INCASE, or Nanotex technologies?

A. No. Crypton’s fluorocarbon technologies still outperform C Zero, but when there is a requirement for a fluorine-free treatment C Zero is the best in its class.


Q. What are the benefits of C Zero?

A. C Zero provides resistance to water-based stains using an innovative fluorine-free formula.


Q. How is C Zero applied?

A. C Zero is applied using the same method with which our other finishes are applied. Fabric is brought from our partners’ mills to our Kings Mountain, NC plant in a greige (raw) state where it is immersed in our proprietary C Zero formula. It is then run through a long oven where C Zero permanently bonds with the fibers.


Q: What flammability requirements does C Zero pass?

A: C Zero passes Cal 117, UFAC, and NFPA 260.


Q. What is the best way to clean C Zero?

A. Liquid spills are repelled for up to 10 minutes, making clean-up easy compared to untreated fabrics. It’s best to use a mild 1:10 soap-to-water mixture and non-abrasive scrubbing. Just like other fabrics, all soap residues must be washed from the surface to ensure the finish continues to perform.


Q. Are there cleaners to avoid with C Zero?

A. Yes. Solvents can damage the finish, so solvent-based cleaners, including fabric softeners and dry cleaning, should be avoided.


Q: Can I be allergic to C Zero?

A: No. Because our chemistry is permanently integrated into the fibers themselves, our chemistry will never wear off, but highly-allergic individuals may want to verify use with their doctor.


Q: Does C Zero emit VOCs or have added formaldehyde?

A: No. C Zero technology is third-party-certified as containing ultra-low or no VOCs. Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) can be emitted from products over time into the air, adversely affecting indoor air quality. C Zero technology also does not add formaldehyde to fabrics.


Q: Does C Zero contain PFOS/PFOA?

A: No. PFOS and PFOA are considered persistent organic pollutants (POPs), and C Zero’s fluorine-free chemistry avoids the use of these POPs.


Q: Where can I source C Zero?

A: Contract customers can source C Zero through one of our many distributors worldwide.


Q. Who can I call if I need support?

A. For field support call 1.800.CRYPTON (800.279.7866).