Optical brighteners are additives that are commonly used in the footwear industry to enhance the appearance of materials used in the production of shoes. These optical brighteners for footwear are a type of chemical compound that absorbs invisible ultraviolet light and emits visible light, thereby making the material appear brighter and more vibrant.
The use of optical brighteners in footwear materials is particularly important for manufacturers who want to produce shoes that are attractive to consumers. Footwear materials such as leather, synthetic fabrics, and textiles can become dull over time due to exposure to sunlight and other environmental factors. However, the use of optical brighteners can help to counteract this effect and ensure that footwear maintains its brightness and color for longer.
There are mainly 2 types widely used for whitening footwear materials in the market, as shown below:
Optical brightener FP-127 is widely used in leather whitening. such as PU leather foot wears.
Optical brighteners KCB is widely used in EVA whitening, such as sports shoe soles.
It’s also worth noting that optical brighteners can have limited durability and may fade over time with exposure to light, heat, and other environmental factors. Therefore, it’s important to choose a high-quality optical brightener and to ensure that it is applied correctly to maximize its effectiveness and longevity.
If you’re considering using optical brighteners for footwear materials, it’s recommended that you consult with a materials expert or a supplier who specializes in these types of additives to ensure that you choose the right product for your specific needs.
Shandong Grand Chemical Co., Ltd has been working with big sole manufacturers for Nike, Addidas, and other world-famous partners with their footwear whitening.