Silicates are used in Textile industry for operations such as cleaning, wool scouring, bleaching and dye fixation.
Silicate acts as an alkaline buffering agent to keep reactive dyes stable.
Silicates enables better bleaching by deactivating the catalytic influence of metals such as copper, iron and manganese. Peroxides normally degrade under the catalytic influence of such metals resulting into premature degradation or reactive oxygen resulting into lower bleaching performance.
Further silicates acts as a detergent removing grease and soil from textile.