Bleaching Jute Fibre.

Scientific American 24, 12.12.1863

Jute or Indian hemp, owing to its low price, is being applied to the manufacture of many textile fabrics for which cotton was formerly used. G. Stewart, of Glasgow, Scotland, has taken out a patent for bleaching jute by immersing it several times in solutions of the chloride of soda, then in dilute sulphuric acid, after which it is thoroughly washed and dried. The chloride of potash was employed for bleaching cotton and linen before the chloride of lime - the common bleaching agent - was adopted. The latter took the place of the former simply because it is much cheaper, and it is also cheaper than chloride of soda.

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