What is Nylon ?
- Nylon fabric is a synthetic material made from petrochemicals.
- Unlike other organic or semi-synthetic fibers, nylon fibers are entirely synthetic, which means that they have no basis in organic material. Also known as polyamide fabric .
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- The invention of nylon at E.I. duPont de Nemours, Inc. in 1934 began the explosion of completely synthetic materials that imitate natural materials into the fabric market.
- Nylon was created entirely from petrochemicals, unlike the previous artificial fabrics rayon and acetate, which were plant-based.
- Wallace Hume Carothers generally receives recognition for the invention, but another DuPont employee may have been the actual inventor.
- Julian Hill worked for Carothers, and had spent much time developing a process in which a long fiber with a silky texture could be created of carbon polymers.
- Carothers, who probably was afflicted with a severe bipolar condition, committed suicide in 1937, and the company credited the invention of nylon to him. Carothers had previously created neoprene, a synthetic rubber.
What Makes it Stand Out
- Incredible strength, durability, and exceptional elasticity .
- Low production cost, moisture wicking & weather resistance .
- Mildew resistance .
- Doesn’t bleed color or fade in the wash .
|Texture||Nylon feels cool and smooth to the touch|
Applications & Usage
- Nylon is used for outerwear and bulletproof vests.
- Swimwear, stockings , lingerie luggage & umbrellas .
- Most of the items made from nylon can be machine-washed.
- While doing this, make sure to use cool to moderate water temperatures.
- It is always better to wash it separately from other types of fabrics. This is because it has the tendency to pick up colors from other fabrics that lose their color when wet.
- An all-purpose laundry detergent would work well for washing the same.
- It is best to avoid using bleach.
- However, if necessary, use only non-chlorine bleach. This is because chlorine bleaches can cause the fabric to permanently turn yellow.
- This fabric has a tendency to build up static electricity which is caused due to friction with other clothing.
- A fabric softener added to the final rinse cycle in the washer or the use of a dryer sheet in the dryer will help minimize static electricity to a great extent.
- The fabric can be tumbled dry on a low-heat setting. The fabric should be removed from the dryer as soon as the tumbling cycle is complete.
- Generally, this fabric retains its shape and does not develop wrinkles, however, not removing it immediately from the dryer may cause wrinkle formation.
- Nylon fabrics have low resistance to sunlight and tend to weaken and turn yellow on direct exposure to it. This is mostly the case in white nylon.
- For drying purposes, it is better to avoid sunlight and dry them in the shade.
- In most cases, this fabric does not require ironing but if it’s needed, use the iron on a warm setting.
- In the case of swimsuits, they are best hand-washed. However, if using the machine, remember to use the gentle cycle.
- Avoid using the dryer which can cause shrinkage or damage it. Instead, dry it naturally.