POWERSOFT® PE 280 is a cationic silicone softener specifically developed for exhaust application. It can be used for common fibers, such as cottons, polyester, polyamides and mixtures.
In comparison to usual silicone based softeners, POWERSOFT® PE 280 shows excellent stability in the presence of alkali, salt and high shearing conditions.

Specific features of POWERSOFT® PE 280

  • Dilutable with water
  • Emulsions

Thanks to the optimized formulation and the unique molecular structure of the polymers, POWERSOFT® PE 280 can be applied via different padding or exhaust textile machines - without causing stability problems as well-known from standard silicone softeners.

Fabrics and knits treated with POWERSOFT® PE 280 can generally be overdyed, but preliminary trials are recommended.



The application of POWERSOFT® PE 280 takes place after the soaping and rinsing of the dyed fabric. It can be combined with cationic after-treatment auxiliaries for dyes improving color fastness - carried out at room temperature.

Acidic conditions should be maintained throughout the treatment by addition of acetic acid to the pad/exhaust bath in order to ensure optimized performance results – best controlled with either a suitable excess of acetic acid or an adequate buffering system. For completely uniform distribution, addition in several portions is recommended.

Due to the cationic nature of POWERSOFT® PE 280, combinations with anionic auxiliaries such as optical brighteners in one pad bath could lead to coagulation of the components. Before using POWERSOFT® PE 280 with other auxiliaries in the same pad or exhaust bath, compatibility tests are necessary.

For exhaust applications, using 2 - 4 % based on the weight of the fabric is recommended. Padding applications require approx. 20 – 30 g/l of POWERSOFT® PE 280.


  • 0,5 kg bottle
  • 140 kg drum
  • 950 kg IBC


The 'Best use before end' date of each batch is shown on the product label.

Storage beyond the date specified on the label does not necessarily mean that the product is no longer usable. In this case however, the properties required for the intended use must be checked for quality assurance reasons.

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Wacker Chemical Corporation
3301 Sutton Road
Adrian, MI 49221-9397
United States
+1  888  922-5374 (Phone)

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