Frequently asked questions

No. All of the fabric we work with must meet specific fiber and construction requirements so we’re sure to deliver consistent performance. Before accepting a fabric from our partners mills for processing, samples go through a rigorous testing process in our state-of-the-art lab to ensure these requirements are met. It’s how we achieve the proven performance Crypton is known for.

All Crypton fabrics pass Cal 117, UFAC, and NFPA 260 as a baseline. If more stringent requirements are desired, we are able to process fabrics to meet Cal 133, IMO RES 16-52A, Boston and New York fire codes, automotive FMVSS302, and aviation FAR25-853. These more stringent specifications must be requested at the point of order to be processed accordingly. Ask your distributor for details.

Our expert chemists work to constantly improve Crypton’s formulas, and these efforts have helped us to become industry leaders on the green chemistry front. Here’s just a small glimpse of our efforts in this area of innovation:

  • Crypton has eliminated all PFAS as of October 2022.
  • We avoid the addition of flame retardants unless required by application codes for specific markets, and we have followed the EU’s lead in the elimination of all halogenated flame retardants in instances where flame retardants must be used to meet code.
  • The Silver Ion technology that provides our anti-microbial protection has a lower water solubility than standard formulas, which means lower aquatic toxicity and higher treatability.

No. Crypton 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. Crypton technology also does not add formaldehyde to fabrics.

  • It maintains the gold standard performance that has made Crypton a trusted name in the industry.
  • All Crypton fabrics allow for removal of oil-based liquids and stains.
  • Crypton pioneered the industry with trademarked-Zero technology,” which has become a commonly used reference when speaking about fluorine-free fabrics.
  • Our proprietary PFAS-free technology has been available in successful C-Zero fabrics collections since 2018 (Mayer Fabrics, Momentum Textiles, Clek Car Seats).
  • Team of in-house scientists constantly innovating and improving products, calibrating protection based on fiber content and texture for each fabric.
  • 30 years in the performance category.
  • Our proprietary formulation is blended in house in North Carolina.
No, as of October 1, 2022, all production runs of Crypton and Crypton Home Fabrics are manufactured using our PFAS free technology. Learn more >

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. Some Crypton fabrics use acrylic latex in the construction of their moisture barrier, but never rubber latex.

We are proud of the efforts we’ve taken over the years to improve our production efficiencies, which we achieve in a number of ways. We’ve taken measures to reduce water consumption and purchase renewable energy certificates. By streamlining our production line, we have been able to burn less natural gas, reduce CO2 emissions, and reduce electricity consumption. We also strive to close the loop in our industrial processes by recycling 100 percent of our fabric scraps into shoddy, and capturing waste technology to be reused in production.

Yes! We’ve applied our patented “repel and release” technology to outdoor fabrics, home textiles, vinyl, leather, vertical applications, and mattress & bedding.

Crypton has prepared with a multitude of activities to be always on the forefront of sustainability and ever changing regulations.

  • Crypton has implemented the Toxnot (www.toxnot.com) system in 2018 to check all components in our supply chain.
  • The system checks ingredients against all relevant state, federal and international regulatory lists and also most relevant restricted substance lists. The system keeps us updated with ever-changing regulation and it also maintains confidential information to protect our and our supplier’s intellectual property.

HPDs (Health Product Declarations) can be provided that show screening and characterization of the materials as outlined by the Health Product Declarations Collaborative (HPDC.org)
In addition Crypton analyzes in-house all incoming components with sophisticated analytical methods to confirm provided information.

  • Worst case total fluorine analysis after combustion (AATCC 189) Combustion followed by fluorine ISE
  • GCMS analytical techniques
  • FTIR techniques
  • Crypton participates in regulatory committees of ACT, BIFMA, NCTO and AATCC

Yes. It is an engineered textile made with pre-tested and approved fabrics with specific fiber and construction requirements to ensure the name Crypton means consistent performance. Approved fibers are permanently transformed with stain and odor protection through an immersion process, plus an impenetrable moisture barrier that protects the fabric from spills.

No. All of the fabric we work with must meet specific fiber and construction requirements so we’re sure to deliver consistent performance. Before accepting a fabric from our partners’ mills for processing, samples go through a rigorous testing process in our state-of-the-art lab to ensure these requirements are met. It’s how we achieve the proven performance Crypton is known for.

No. Crypton has been improving its technology for over 20 years. Our new and advanced 2.0 technology does not affect the look or feel of the fabric.

Crypton’s technology is built into all of our fabrics. They are engineered with an integrated backing that will never separate, permanently enhancing the performance of the fabric. In fact, Crypton’s technology is so stable, it has been deemed a solid surface by the EPA. Unlike Crypton fabrics, laminated fabric can delaminate, creating a pocket between the surface fabric and the lining, where moisture can pool, compromising the performance of the fabric and allowing germs to grow.

Yes, the patented barrier formula is vapor-permeable, which keeps Crypton comfortable.

Crypton Outdoor fabric was developed specifically for outdoor use. It has all the features of Crypton PLUS enhanced mold and mildew resistance and UV-resistant fibers, which resist fading for at least 1000 hours.

Crypton is the only fabric that meets or exceeds all of the following heavy duty requirements: stain resistance, water resistance, abrasion, tearing strength, breaking strength, seam slippage, flammability, and resistance to fungal and bacterial growth. Its performance in the hydrostatic resistance test, which measures the ability of a fabric to resist water penetration when water pressure is exerted over its surface, is off the charts!

All Crypton fabrics pass Cal 117, UFAC, and NFPA 260 as a baseline. If more stringent requirements are desired, we are able to process fabrics to meet Cal 133, IMO RES 16-52A, Boston and New York fire codes, automotive FMVSS302, and aviation FAR25-853. These more stringent specifications must be requested at the point of order to be processed accordingly. Ask your distributor for details.

Yes! We’ve applied our “repel and release” technology to outdoor fabrics, home textiles, vinyl, leather, vertical applications, and mattress & bedding.

Yes. Crypton’s exceptional protection from stains, odors, moisture, and mildew makes cleaning a breeze! Liquid spills bead up and can be blotted off with a clean, dry cloth. Most new stains come off with a clean, damp cloth and water. For more stubborn stains, a mild soap and water mixture is very effective.  More cleaning tips are available on our Cleaning & Care page.

Many cleaners have high alkalinity (soap) levels, and when used on fabric they leave behind a soapy residue that attracts new dirt very quickly.

Yes. Since Crypton barrier fabrics have demonstrated their ability to repel moisture, the EPA has allowed the disinfectability claim when our Crypton Disinfectant & Deodorizer is used according to directions on the label. This product is also a fabric freshener and deodorizer on all fabrics and is a citrus-scented disinfectant on all other non-porous surfaces.

Only on certain fiber types. Crypton’s “repel and release” stain-fighting technology, coupled with our hospital-grade Disinfectant & Deodorizer, should eliminate the need to subject fabric to the harsh cleaning methods of bleach; however, we know that every facility has its preferred cleaning practices. If the fiber type of your Crypton products are 100% solution-dyed polyester or acrylic, then bleach-cleaning is an option when required. Visit our Cleaning & Care page for further instruction, including acceptable fiber types.

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. Some Crypton fabrics use acrylic latex in the construction of their moisture barrier, but never rubber latex.

No. Crypton 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. Crypton technology also does not add formaldehyde to fabrics.

No, as of October 1, 2022, all production runs of Crypton and Crypton Home Fabrics are manufactured using our PFAS free technology. Learn more >

Yes. Crypton’s performance technology does not affect its ability to be recycled. A common outlet for recycled fabric is shoddy, which is used in making carpet padding and rear parcel shelves in cars.

Crypton is proud to support American workers and American textile mills. We do all of our processing in our state-of-the-art, environmentally-responsible facility in Kings Mountain, North Carolina. All research and patented chemical formulations are also developed and made in the USA.

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Contract customers can source Crypton through one of our many distributors worldwide. Retail customers can find Crypton at any number of local dealers.

Yes, We are so confident in the quality of our products, we offer a 5-year warranty on our barrier protection for: Crypton, Crypton Green, and Crypton Outdoor. Call our customer service at 1.800.CRYPTON for more details.

For field support call 1.800.CRYPTON (800.279.7866).

Crypton Home Fabric utilizes the same “repel and release” technology as Crypton, but is tailored for use in the home. Each fiber of Crypton Home Fabric is encapsulated with our patented technology through an immersion process, so it never breaks down its resistance to stains, moisture, and odors.

Crypton Home Fabric is processed without an integrated moisture barrier, and should be specified in suitable environments.

No. Crypton has been improving its technology for over 20 years. Our new and advanced 2.0 technology does not affect the look or feel of the fabrics we process.

Yes, Crypton Home Fabric has the same breathable qualities as any other home upholstery fabric.

It is not suggested that Crypton Home Fabric be used for outdoor applications. Crypton Outdoor fabric was developed specifically for outdoor use. It has all the features of Crypton PLUS enhanced anti-microbial protection and UV-resistant fibers, which resist fading for at least 1000 hours.

Crypton Home Fabric is the only fabric that meets or exceeds all of the following heavy duty requirements: stain resistance, water resistance, abrasion, flammability, and resistance to fungal and bacterial growth.

Crypton Home Fabric passes Cal 117, UFAC, and NFPA 260.

Yes. Crypton Home Fabric’s exceptional protection from stains, odors, moisture, and mildew makes cleaning a breeze! Most new stains come off with a clean, damp cloth and water. For more stubborn stains, a mild soap and water mixture is very effective.  More cleaning tips are available on our Cleaning & Care page.

Many cleaners have high alkalinity (soap) levels, and when used on fabric they leave behind a soapy residue that attracts new dirt very quickly.

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.

No. Crypton Home Fabric 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. Crypton technology also does not add formaldehyde to fabrics.

No, as of October 1, 2022, all production runs of Crypton and Crypton Home Fabrics are manufactured using our PFAS free technology. Learn more >

Yes, Crypton Home Fabric’s performance technology does not affect its ability to be recycled. A common outlet for recycled fabric is shoddy, which is used in making carpet padding and rear parcel shelves in cars.

Crypton is proud to support American workers and American textile mills. We do all of our processing in our state-of-the-art, environmentally responsible facility in Kings Mountain, North Carolina. All research and patented chemical formulations are also developed and made in the USA.

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Retail customers can find Crypton Home Fabric at any number of local dealers.

For field support call 1.800.CRYPTON (800.279.7866).

Yes. Nanotex became a Crypton Company in January of 2014, and both now benefit from the shared technologies of Crypton and Nanotex, which in turn will gives both companies an additional edge in the marketplace. Nanotex now benefits from the master branding capabilities of Crypton, as well as many other valuable resources.

In the commercial market, Nanotex is designed primarily for spill protection. Almost any type of fiber can be treated.

The secret’s out! Beginning November 23, 2017, Crypton will be processing 100% of Nanotex’s contract finishing. For more information, visit our announcement page.

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The latest in leather technology from Cortina Leathers®, leather protected by Crypton is the industry’s toughest stain-resistant finish for leather. Bleach cleanable, antimicrobial, and antibacterial, the water-based and solvent-free solution is embedded in the hide during the leather finishing process, so it lasts the lifetime of the furniture. Removing wine, ketchup, makeup, coffee, and many other common spills at home and in commercial settings is a breeze using several readily available household and commercial cleaners including up to a 5% bleach solution. Learn more >>

The best way to clean Leather powered by Crypton as well as all of your other leather and vinyl furniture, is with our Crypton Leather and Vinyl Cleaners and Protectors. Tremendous care and years of experience went in to developing these products. They are specially formulated to safely clean and protect treated leather and vinyl.

Find Crypton Leather Cleaner on Amazon or in our online store.

Crypton Leather can be sourced exclusively through Cortina Leathers.

Crypton Wall has many advantages when it comes to vertical applications. It is easily applied to a variety of wall-panel applications, and its vapor-permeability makes it breathable, so no mold is able to form on the back. As with all of Crypton’s products, our vertical applications are available in a wide array of beautiful textiles.

Crypton Wall adheres to ASTM E84.

Silver Ion technology is used in Crypton Wall to inhibit the growth of a broad spectrum of microorganisms, including bacteria. Silver is one of nature’s original antimicrobials. Used thousands of years ago by Greeks in vessels to preserve water and wine, the natural benefits of silver are now being used to keep fabrics odor-free.

Yes. Crypton Wall has the same exceptional protection from stains, odors, moisture, and mildew that Crypton is known for, making cleaning a breeze! Liquid spills bead up and can be blotted off with a clean, dry cloth. Most new stains come off with a clean, damp cloth and water. For more stubborn stains, a mild soap and water mixture is very effective.  More cleaning tips are available on our Cleaning & Care page.

Many cleaners have high alkalinity (soap) levels, and when used on fabric they leave behind a soapy residue that attracts new dirt very quickly.

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.

No. Crypton Wall 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. Crypton technology also does not add formaldehyde to fabrics.

No, as of October 1, 2022, all production runs of Crypton and Crypton Home Fabrics are manufactured using our PFAS free technology. Learn more >

Yes, Crypton’s performance technology does not affect its ability to be recycled. A common outlet for recycled fabric is shoddy, which is used in making carpet padding and rear parcel shelves in cars.

Yes. Crypton Fabric, when used in conjunction with its U.S. EPA-registered Crypton Disinfectant & Deodorizer, is disinfectable. Since Crypton barrier fabrics have demonstrated their ability to prevent moisture penetration, the EPA has allowed the claim for disinfectability when Crypton Disinfectant & Deodorizer is used according to directions on the label.

Yes. Crypton Disinfectant & Deodorizer is a registered, hospital-use disinfectant that works on all hard, non-porous surfaces, like any other quaternary disinfectant. It is also a fabric freshener and deodorizer on all fabrics, but is only certified to disinfect Crypton barrier fabric.

Yes, Crypton’s Disinfectant & Deodorizer is effective in killing the SARS-CoV-2 – COVID-19 Virus. It is also effective against 99.9% germs and viruses.

These are commonly referred to as “quats,” and are quaternary ammonium compounds. Our latest advancement in disinfectant cleaners has been developed using a new kind of quaternary ammonium chloride structure that offers excellent germicidal properties and excellent cleaning. They offer a tremendous range and versatility for use. Crypton Disinfectant & Deodorizer is easy to use and is effective against a wide range of bacteria, including MRSA and VRE. Crypton quaternary disinfectant is effective on Crypton integrated barrier fabrics.

Antimicrobial agents destroy or inhibit the growth or reproduction of bacteria, fungi, protozoa or viruses that cause disease. Antibacterial means any substance intended to destroy, eliminate, reduce, mitigate or control the growth or development of bacteria on surfaces. Antimicrobial and antibacterial products are regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The EPA closely regulates germicidal product claims, particularly where the target germs cause human illness. Since all germ killers are considered pesticides, the EPA requires testing to certify manufacturers’ claims for safety and effectiveness. Crypton Disinfectant & Deodorizer is registered with the EPA.

After three years of testing, submitting results, and helping to establish new protocol test procedures, the EPA recognized Crypton Disinfectant & Deodorizer works to “disinfect Crypton barrier fabrics.” Crypton has proven that its integrated barrier system, used in conjunction with Crypton Disinfectant & Deodorizer, kills bacteria, viruses, mold, and mildew.

Crypton’s Disinfectant & Deodorizer is a disinfectant, cleaner and odor eliminator. It is a registered, hospital-use quaternary disinfectant that is effective against a broad spectrum of viruses, bacteria, micro-organisms, mold, mildew, and fungus.

Crypton Disinfectant & Deodorizer kills common household, kitchen, and bathroom germs and viruses on nonporous surfaces. Crypton Disinfectant & Deodorizer kills, E Coli, H1N1, Hepatitis B and C, Herpes Simplex 1 and 2, HIV, Influenza, Staphylococcus, Streptococcus, Salmonella, MRSA, VRE, Canine Distemper, mold, mildew, and many more. Click here for a comprehensive list.

For use as a disinfectant, virucide, deodorizer, cleaner:

  1. Pre-clean heavily soiled areas.
  2. Apply product undiluted to disinfect hard, non-porous surfaces using the pump-trigger spray device, a sponge, brush, or cloth.
  3. For spray applications, spray 6-8 inches from the surface. (Please do not inhale the spray.)
  4. The surface must remain wet with the solution for 10 minutes.
  5. Wipe dry or allow to air dry.

Crypton advises to rinse Crypton Barrier Fabric after application.

Disclaimer:
It is a violation of Federal law to use this product in a manner inconsistent with its labeling.  This product is not for use on medical device surfaces.

The time it takes for bacterial and virucidal kills on Crypton Fabric varies just like on any hard, non-porous surfaces. Be sure to follow instructions on the bottle to disinfect. We recommend that treated surfaces remain wet for 10 minutes to ensure it is effective as possible.

Today, more than ever, disinfection is crucial to health and safety. Disinfectants are the only products registered by the EPA to kill viruses on hard, non-porous surfaces. Sanitizers only have claims against bacteria. Disinfectants kill both bacteria and viruses. Crypton Fabric is the only fabric that can be disinfected.

You can purchase via Cryptonstore.com. For bulk orders, they can contact us directly at katara@crypton.com.

They really work! Our cleaners are pH-neutral, water-based, and ready-to-use. They contain no harsh chemicals, no bleach, and no solvents. Crypton Upholstery Cleaners were made to work quickly on stains like iodine; marker; lipstick; food and beverage stains; and protein stains, like blood and grass.

Crypton Upholstery Cleaning Products are versatile. We offer two kinds of stain removers for fabric, a disinfectant and deodorizer, leather and vinyl cleaners and conditioners, an upholstery extraction cleaner concentrate, and an upholstery extraction machine named Ruby. See the Quick-Reference Stain Chart in our Upholstery Cleaning Guide (pdf) to help determine which product to use for spot cleaning. Crypton Upholstery Cleaning Products work on all upholstery, carpets, and wall coverings, but are specifically engineered to clean Crypton Fabrics quickly and easily.

Yes! Our powerful cleaners work on all water-cleanable textiles. Try them and you will be amazed!

Yes. While most new stains come off easily with a damp cloth and water, a mild enzyme detergent, like Tide® or Dawn® dishwashing liquid, mixed with water is a very effective and safe way to clean Crypton. Mix 5 parts water with 1 part enzyme detergent. For more cleaning tips, visit our Cleaning & Care page.

Many cleaners have high alkalinity (soap) levels, and when used on fabric they leave behind a soapy residue that attracts new dirt very quickly.

Yes. Since Crypton barrier fabrics have demonstrated their ability to prevent moisture penetration, the EPA has allowed the claim for disinfectability when Crypton Disinfectant & Deodorizer is used according to directions on the label. It is also a fabric freshener and deodorizer on all fabrics and is a fresh, citrus-scented disinfectant on all other non-porous surfaces.

Crypton Disinfectant & Deodorizer is a registered, hospital-use disinfectant that works on all hard, non-porous surfaces just like any other quaternary disinfectant. The product may be used on other fabrics, too. It provides fabric freshening and deodorizing for all textiles.

These are commonly referred to as “quats,” since they are quaternary ammonium compounds. Our latest advancement in disinfectant cleaners has been developed using a new kind of quaternary ammonium chloride structure that offers excellent germicidal properties and excellent cleaning. They offer a tremendous range and versatility for use. Crypton Disinfectant & Deodorizer is easy to use and is effective against a wide range of bacteria, including MRSA and VRE. Crypton quaternary disinfectant is effective on Crypton integrated barrier fabrics.

Antimicrobial agents destroy or inhibit the growth or reproduction of bacteria, fungi, protozoa or viruses that cause disease. Antibacterial means any substance intended to destroy, eliminate, reduce, mitigate or control the growth or development of bacteria on surfaces. Antimicrobial and antibacterial products are regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Crypton kills common household, kitchen, and bathroom germs and viruses hard, non-porous surfaces. Crypton Disinfectant & Deodorizer kills, E Coli, H1N1, Hepatitis B and C, Herpes Simplex 1 and 2, HIV, Influenza, Staphylococcus, Streptococcus, Salmonella, MRSA, VRE, Canine Distemper, mold, mildew, and many more.

The time it takes for bacterial and virucidal kills on Crypton Fabric varies just like on any hard, non-porous surfaces. Be sure to follow instructions on bottle to disinfect.

After three years of testing, submitting results, and helping to establish new protocol test procedures, the EPA recognized Crypton Disinfectant & Deodorizer works to “disinfect Crypton barrier fabrics.” Crypton has proven that its integrated barrier system, used in conjunction with Crypton Disinfectant & Deodorizer, kills bacteria, viruses, mold, and mildew.

The EPA closely regulates germicidal product claims, particularly where the target germs cause human illness. Since all germ killers are considered pesticides, the EPA requires testing to certify manufacturers’ claims for safety and effectiveness. Crypton Disinfectant & Deodorizer is registered with the EPA.

Crypton’s “repel and release” stain fighting technology coupled with our hospital-grade Disinfectant & Deodorizer should eliminate the need to subject fabric to the harsh cleaning methods of bleach; however, we know that every facility has preferred cleaning practices. If the fiber type of your Crypton products are 100% solution-dyed polyester or acrylic, then bleach-cleaning is an option when required. Visit our Cleaning & Care page for further instruction, including acceptable fiber types.

Cleaners can be purchased from the Crypton Store. For wholesale information please visit our Wholesale Request Form or call 1.800.CRYPTON for more information.