Friday, October 30, 2009

Fibers - Love water or not

Plants, vegetables, animal, and proteins are hydrophilic and LOVE WATER

1. Cotton, Wool, and Silk being the most common types –

2. Rayon or Modal (wood pulp), bamboo, corn, soy, flax, sea weed, and others are less common types of fibers but still hydrophilic.

3. Usually the regenerated cellulose fibers like Modal and Bamboo "claim" to have the best absorption.

Man Made Polymers are hydrophobic and DO NOT LIKE WATER

  1. Polyester, Nylon, Acrylic, Kevler, spandex, etc.
  2. It’s common for nylons and polyester fibers to be extruded with various cross sections – one being wicking. The fiber is still hydrophobic and doesn’t absorb liquid but it will move the moisture from one side to the other.
  3. Polymers are produced in filament form and can be knit or woven with the filament yarns. Or, the filament can be chopped up into stable fiber so it looks like cotton. Then it is spun into yarn using the same spinning process that cotton uses – so it’s not the slick hand, it’s more like cotton. Here’s a good link
Again, This is correct but I'm sure there are exceptions.

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