Sodium silicates are used in the textile industry for a variety of functions that include hydrogen peroxide bleach stabilization, detergency, pad-batch dyeing, corrosion inhibition, and water treatment.  Liquid silicates find wide-spread use in water treatment applications.
In textile scouring, sodium metasilicates are utilized as solutions that rinse freely from clean surfaces without sticky residue deposits.  metasilicates are particularly useful for wet processing due to improved cleaning action.  Cleaner fibers ensure a more even dye penetration and a level color is obtained.