What is Acetate Fabric ?
- Acetate fabric is an affordable alternative to fancy fabrics, such as rayon and silk.
- Acetate fabrics are made with spun filaments of cellulose taken from wood pulp.
- Classified as a chemical fiber textile or semi-synthetic, acetate is sometimes mixed with silk, wool or cotton to make it stronger.
- Acetate flakes are generated by a reaction of the wood pulp to a variety of acetic acids.
- The flakes are dissolved in a solvent, and then passed through a spinneret as the solvent evaporates -to create the filaments used to construct the acetate fabric.
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- Acetate fabric is considered the second-oldest fiber manufactured in the US, after rayon.
- Acetate was initially used in France as a varnish to airplane wings. Then, in 1923, it was developed and turned into a fiber in the UK.
- A year later, in 1924, it was developed for use as a fabric.
- However, it was only mass-produced when chemists found a way to dye the fabric to make it more appealing.
- At first, certain pollutants and fumes faded or discolored the fabric, but this was later remedied to enhance acetate fabric’s longevity.
- Nonetheless, there are still some acetate fabrics that react when they get in contact with pollutants.
What Makes it Stand Out
- Quick drying fabric that resists shrinking
- Moth and mildew resistant
- Low static
- High luster, elegant appearance and feel
- Fabric doesn't pill.
- It is very biodegradable
- A myriad of colors and sheens
|Texture||Smooth , silky|
Applications & Usage
- Wedding dresses and other wedding ensembles, sportswear, men’s and women’s underwear, hats, suits, ties, sweaters, formal tops, coats, and many others.
- Acetate fabric can also be used for furniture, furniture upholsteries, umbrellas, carpets, curtains, drapes, and other home decoration pieces that need this type of fabric.
- This fabric is also used in cigarette filters to help get rid of nicotine and tar while smoking.
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- Read the care tag to verify whether the acetate fabric is washable - some say "Dry Clean Only," while others may say "Do Not Dry Clean."
- When it's washable, clean and rinse in cold water.
- Do not put the fabric in the dryer, as it can melt.
- If it has wrinkles – and the care tag agrees - iron it on the cool setting.
- Perfume, certain chemical-based glues and nail polish removers can melt acetate, so keep these chemicals away from acetate or acetate-blend drapes, upholstery or furniture.