Nonwoven Fabric, What Is It?
Nonwoven fabric is a flexible, porous fabric created from one or more fiber layers. Rather than traditional methods of weaving, nonwoven fibers are bonded chemically, thermally, or mechanically. By choosing specific types of fibers, nonwoven fabrics can be designed to have certain properties such as flame retardant, waterproof, or highly absorbent. In addition to fiber types, existing fibers can be coated with chemicals to enhance its intended properties.
During manufacturing, fibers can be dyed a multitude of colors by use of pressurized dye vats or even soaked in a dye bath. Chromatech offers many dyes intended for nonwoven fabrics, and is able to help you determine the best dye for your application.
Uses of Nonwoven Fabric
Many every day products are made from nonwoven fabrics. Diapers can be constructed by layering a series of nonwoven fabrics; one that allows fluid penetration but minimizes wicking and another that is highly absorbent. Other common applications for nonwoven fabrics are disposable surgical masks and cleaning cloths. Nonwoven fabrics also find themselves in industrial markets as well, being used to create filters, insulation, packing materials, geotextiles, roofing materials, and much more.
The main attraction to nonwoven fabrics is their low cost. These fabrics are often created from waste material from the weaving industries. Paired with a high-performance dye from Chromatech, you can create the nonwoven fabric that will set your company apart from the rest.