|1.||A composition useful as a stainresist agent for polyamide fibers when.applied with a magnesium salt, which is the condensation product of bis hydroxyphenylsulfone with about 0.5 to 1.0 moles of formaldehyde per mole of bishydroxyphenylsulfone and about 0.15 to 1.5 moles of a mercaptocarboxylic acid per mole of bishydroxyphenylsulfone and ammonium hydroxide or an alkali metal hydroxide in an amount sufficient to neutralize the mercapto acid plus an excess of about 0.2 to 0.6 mole of hydroxide per mole of bishydroxyphenylsulfone.|
|2.||The composition of claim 1 wherein the mercaptocarboxylic acid is mercaptoacetic acid or mercaptosuccinic acid.|
|3.||The composition of claim 2 wherein from 0.4 to 1.1 moles of mercaptocarboxylic acid per mole of bis hydroxyphenylsulfone is present.|
|4.||A process comprising reacting bis hydroxyphenylsulfone with 0.51.0 mole of formaldehyde per mole of bishydroxyphenylsulfone, about 0.15 to 1.5 moles of a mercaptocarboxylic acid, and sufficient ammonium hydroxide or alkali metal hydroxide to neutralize the mercaptocarboxylic acid and afford an excess of about 0.2 to 0.6 moles of hydroxide per mole of bis hydroxyphenylsulfone at 110° to 180°C, for about 1 to 48 hours.|
|5.||The process of claim 4 wherein the mercaptocarboxylic acid is mercaptoacetic acid or mercaptosuccinic acid.|
|6.||The process of claim 5 wherein from 0.4 to 11 moles of mercaptocarboxylic acid per mole of bis hydroxyphenylsulfone is present.|
|7.||The process of claim 6 wherein the reaction is carried out at from 130° to 160°C.|
|8.||The process of claim 7 wherein the reaction is carried out for from 3 to 24 hours.|
|9.||The process of claim 8 wherein the mercaptocarboxylic acid is mercaptoacetic acid.|
|10.||A process for rendering polyamide fibers stain resistant comprising applying from 0.5 to 5.0 weight percent, based on the weight of the fibers, of the stain resist agent of claim 1 to said fibers from an aqueous bath in the presence of 0.5 to 7 weight percent, based on the weight of the fiber, of a magnesium salt.|
|11.||The process of claim 10 wherein the stain resist agent is applied to the fibers at a pH of 4 to 8.|
|12.||The process of claim 11 wherein the stain blocking agent is applied to the fibers at a temperature of about 40° to 95°C for a period of about 1 to 60 minutes.|
|13.||The process of claim 12 wherein the stain blocking agent is applied to the fibers at 70° to 90°C.|
|14.||The process of claim 13 wherein the stain blocking agent is applied to the fibers at a pH of 5 to 7.|
|15.||The process of claim 11 wherein the stain blocking agent is applied to the fibers at 15° to 60°C for a period of 1 to 60 minutes followed by a heat treatment of the fibers at 50° to 100°C for 1 to 60 minutes.|
|16.||The process of claim 15 wherein the stain blocking agent is applied to the fibers at a pH of 5 to 7.|
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION Polyamide substrates, such as nylon carpeting, upholstery fabric and the like, are subject to staining by a variety of agents, e.g., foods and beverages. An especially troublesome staining agent is FD&C Red Dye No. 40, commonly found in soft drink preparations. Different types of treatments have been proposed to deal with staining problems. One approach is to apply a barrier such as a highly fluorinated polymer to the substrate. Another is to use stain resists consisting of either phenol- formaldehyde condensates or acrylic acid as well as styrene/maleic acid polymerisates or combination of these. Examples of phenol-formaldehyde condensates are described in US 4,501,591, 4,592,940, 4,680,212, 4,833,009 and 4,963,406. These materials are either condensation products of naphthalene monosulfonic acids with BHPS and formaldehyde or condensation products of phenolsulfonic acid with BHPS and formaldehyde. To impart stain resistance and solubility, the presence of sulfonic acid groups is necessary in these compounds. Stain-resists of this type have to be applied below pH of 4.5 , preferably below 3.0. Examples of poly(acrylic acid) type stain-resists are described in US 4,940,757 , 5,015,259 and EUR 332,342, and of styrene/maleic acid type stain-resists in US 4,883,839,
4 ,948,650, and 5,001,004. Stain-resists of this type have to be applied below pH of 3.0, preferably below 2.5.
Applications of stain-resists at low pH's cause corrosion of equipment and safety as well as environmental problems. Therefore, the ability of a stain-resist to function in a neutral or close to neutral environment is highly desirable. The use of mercapto acids instead of sulfonic acids in the condensation of BHPS and formaldehyde is quite different from the prior art. The synthesis of monomeric carboxyalkylthiomethylated phenols has been described in Synthesis(April 1989, page 253). These materials have no stain-resist properties. The synthesis of the stain-resists described in this invention when carried out above 100°C and at specific molar ratios leads to unique and unexpected properties.
BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION The present invention provides stain resistant polyamide fibrous substrates by treatment with a magnesium salt together with a water-soluble or water-dispersible base-catalyzed condensation products of BHPS, formaldehyde and a mercapto carboxylic acid, and methods for preparing the above condensation products. The stain-resist agents of this invention are less sensitive to pH of application than some previously known materials. They may be applied at higher pHs which are less corrosive and more environmentally preferred.
DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF INVENTION The present invention relates to water-soluble or water dispersible base-catalyzed condensation products of BHPS, formaldehyde and a mercapto acid, useful as stain- resist agents for fibrous polyamides. BHPS is the only phenolic suitable for use in this invention. Formaldehyde is the only aldehyde suitable for use in this invention. Mercaptoacetic and mercaptosuccinic acids are the only mercapto acids suitable for use in this invention. Mercaptoacetic acid is preferred; results with
mercaptosuccinic acid being marginal. Alkalies suitable for use in this invention are the hydroxides of sodium, potassium, lithium and ammonia.
Reaction of the above ingredients are carried out in aqueous media using selected mole ratios to obtain the useful condensates of this invention:
Moles Per Mole of BHPS
Suitable Preferred Formaldehyde 0.5-1.0 0.75 Mercapto acid 0.15-1.5 0.4-1.1 Alkali(-acid)* 0.2-0.6 0.4
* This term is defined as the amount of alkali to be used in addition to the amount required to neutralize the mercapto acid.
The condensations of this invention are carried out at temperatures of about 110°-180°C, with temperatures of 130°-160°C preferred, for 1-48 hours, with from 3-24 hours being preferred. There is no need to control the pressure of the reaction mass; autogenous pressures are satisfactory.
The structures of the condensates of this invention have not been defined. Molecular weight studies using gel permeation chromatography indicate species with molecular weights of less than 1,000. The relatively low molecular weights may be connected to the fact that it is necessary to incorporate a magnesium salt in the application bath if stain resistance is to be attained. The condensates of this invention can be used, together with a magnesium salt, in treating polyamide textile substrates. The magnesium salts used in this invention can be any of the common water soluble magnesium compounds such as magnesium acetate, chloride, nitrate, sulfate, etc. The condensates of this invention can be effectively applied to polyamide fibrous substrates by a wide variety of methods known to those skilled in the art, such as: padding, spraying, foaming in conjunction with
foaming agents, batch exhaust in beck dyeing equipment, or continuous exhaust during a continuous dyeing operation. They can be applied by such methods to dyed or undyed polyamide textile substrates. In addition, they can be applied to such substrates in the absence or presence of a polyfluoroorganic oil-, water-, and/or soil repellent materials. In the alternative, such a polyfluoroorganic material can be applied to the textile substrate before or after application of the polymers of this invention thereto.
The quantities of the compositions of this invention which are applied to the textile substrate, are amounts effective in imparting stain-resistance to the substrate. Those amounts can be varied widely. In general, one can use between 0.5 and 5% by weight of condensates based on the weight of the textile substrate. Usually 2.5% by weight or less is used. The amounts of magnesium salts required range from about 0.5% based on the weight of fiber to about 7%. The condensates of this invention, together with a magnesium salt, can be applied at pHs ranging between about 4 and 8 with the range of 5 to 7 being preferred. More effective stainblocking is obtained if the condensates are applied to the textile substrate at either 20°C followed by heat treatment at a temperature in the range between about 50° and 100°C for about 1 to 60 minutes, or applied at temperatures in the range between about 40 and 95°C for about 1 to 60 minutes. For example, at a pH between about 5 and 8, a temperature between about 70° and 90°C is preferred. However, stain-blocking can be obtained when application is effected even at the temperature of cold tap water (10°-15°C) .
The compositions of this invention can also be applied in-place to polyamide carpeting which has already been installed in a dwelling place, office or other locale. They can be applied as a simple aqueous preparation or in
the form of an aqueous shampoo preparation, with or without one or more polyfluoro organic oil-, water-, and/or soil- repellent materials.
The following Examples are given to illustrate the invention, not to limit it.
Example 1 (Molar ratio: 1 BHPS, 0.8 MA, 1.55 CH 2 0, 1.2 total
NaOH, 0.4 -Acid NaOH) Into a 400 ml 316-stainless steel shaker tube was charged 66.7 g, 267 mmoles, of BHPS; 20.68 g, 213 mmoles, of 95% mercaptoacetic acid; 33.52 g, 413 mmoles, of 37% formaldehyde; 42.84 g, 321 mmoles, of 30% sodium hydroxide and 160 ml of water. The air in the tube was replaced by nitrogen before closing the tube. The reactants were then heated with shaking to 150°C and held for 12 hours at this temperature under autogenous pressure, during which time, the pressure reached a maximum of 90 psig (620 kPa) . The tube was then cooled to room temperature and discharged after release of pressure. The product was a malodorous liquid of pH 7.4. The odorous material was removed by steam distillation to give a straw-colored liquid.
Examples 2 through 8 are carried out in a manner similar to Example 1.
Ex. Moles per mole of BHPS Reaction Notes No. Mercapto CH 2 O NaOH Time Temp.
Acid hrs °C Total -Acid*
* This term indicates the amount of alkali used in addition to the amount needed to neutralize the mercapto acid.
MA = mercaptoacetic acid,.MS = mercaptosuccinic acid Note A: The steam distillation is omitted.
Note B: The product is a solid.
Nylon fiber was treated with 1.2% stain-resist solution whose pH was adjusted to the desired value with either citric acid or sodium carbonate. The treatment was at a goods-to-liquor ratio of 1:32 for 45 minutes at 95°C.
When gS0 4 was used, it was added with the stain-resist at
5% owf. The fiber was then washed, air-dried at room temperature , and exposed to a dye solution consisting of 0.2 g FD&C Red Dye No. 40 and 3.2 g citric acid in 1 liter of distilled water at a goods-to-liquor ratio of 1:40. After approximately 65 hours, the dye adsorbed onto the fiber was determined at a wavelength of 498-502 nm by comparing the absorbance with that of the control. Thus a number of 90 means 90% of the dye has been adsorbed, indicating little stain resistance to the acid dye. The lower the number, the better was the resistance to stain.
The following table contains the results of this evaluation method when run on the various products whose preparations are described above.
Percent Dye Adsorbed
Mg indicates MgSθ 4 was added.