The typical mercerisation process using caustic soda gives the fabric a satin-like gloss, better dimensional stability and a higher degree of dye absorbency. However, it feels harder to the touch. Mercerisation using liquid ammoniac achieves the same long-lasting improved dimensional stability, while maintaining a softer feel. This results in improved comfort for the wearer and better elasticity, which helps the fabric to dry more smoothly. These properties are in high demand in the fashion industry, in particular. Caustic soda mercerisation only yields better results in terms of the fabric's dye absorbency and shine.