FAQs: Crypton Green

    Q: What is Crypton Green?

    A: Although we pursue environmentally-friendly measures for all of our fabric offerings, there is a Green Spectrum of sustainable products in which some products are more sustainable than others. Crypton Green is a bigger step along this spectrum because it ensures more sustainable fibers are used and that the most stringent emissions requirements are met.


    Q: What is the difference between Crypton and Crypton Green?

    A: With our initiative to use green technology on all Crypton fabrics, we are moving in the right direction in terms of sustainability. What sets Crypton Green apart in this category is the makeup of its fiber content. In order to be given the Crypton Green seal, fiber content must meet one of the following criteria: 50-100% recycled; 100% heavy-metal-free polyester; 100% wool with heavy-metal-free dyes; or 100% polypropylene. The end product must also meet Section 01350 emissions requirements and are MBDC Cradle to Cradle – Silver-certified.


    Q: Can Crypton Green contribute to LEED-CI points or Green Guide for Health Care?

    A: While the selection of Crypton Green alone will not garner points, it may contribute to the following LEED-CI v.2.0 credits and their corresponding credits in the Green Guide for Health Care:

    • Credit MR 3.3, Resource Reuse – 30% Furniture and Furnishings (1 point)
    • Credits MR 4.1 and 4.2, Recycled Content (1 or 2 points)
    • Credit MR 5.2, Regional Materials – 10% Extracted and Manufactured Regionally (1 point)
    • Credit MR 6, Rapidly Renewable Materials (1 point)
    • Credit EQ 4.5, Low-Emitting Materials, Systems Furniture, and Seating (1 point)
    • Credits ID 1.1-1.4, Innovation in Design (1 to 4 points)


    Q: Is the hand of the fabric affected by the process?

    A: 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.


    Q: What differentiates Crypton Green from laminated fabrics?

    A: Crypton’s technology is built into all of our fabrics, including Crypton Green. It is 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.


    Q: Is Crypton Green breathable?

    A: Yes, the patented barrier formula is vapor permeable.  This keeps Crypton Green comfortable.


    Q: What tests does Crypton Green pass?

    A: Crypton fabrics, including Crypton Green, are the only fabrics that meet or exceed 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!


    Q: What flammability requirements does Crypton Green pass?

    A: All Crypton fabrics, including Crypton Green, 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.


    Q: Is Crypton Green easy to clean?

    A: Yes. Crypton Green’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.


    Q: Why is it important to use pH neutral cleaners? 

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


    Q: Can Crypton Green be disinfected? 

    A: Yes. Since Crypton barrier fabrics, including Crypton Green, 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.


    Q: Is Crypton Green bleach cleanable? 

    A:  Only on certain fiber types. Crypton Green’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.


    Q: What are some of the bacteria and microbes that Crypton Green protects against?

    A: Crypton Green prohibits the growth of molds, like Aspergillus niger, and bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus, E coli, and MRSA, as well as viruses like HIV and Hepatitus. Our fabric process also includes chemistry that prohibits bacteria and mold from spreading.


    Q: Can I be allergic to Crypton Green?

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


    Q: Does Crypton Green emit VOCs or have added formaldehyde?

    A: No. Crypton Green 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.


    Q: Does Crypton Green contain PFOS/PFOA?

    A: No. PFOS and PFOA are considered persistent organic pollutants (POPs), so Crypton has developed an environmentally preferable C6 chemistry for all of its fabrics that avoids the use of these POPs.


    Q: Can Crypton Green be recycled?

    A: Yes, Crypton Green’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.


    Q: Where is Crypton Green processed?

    A: 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.


    Q: How wide is Crypton Green?

    A:  54″


    Q: Where can I source Crypton Green?

    A: Contract customers can source Crypton Green through one of our many distributors worldwide.


    Q: Is Crypton Green covered by a warranty?

    A: 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.


    Q: Who can I call if I need support?

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