Polycotton, Cotton and Polyester… Which one?
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Polycotton, Cotton and Polyester… Which one?

What is the difference?

Polyester is an artificial fibre, which means that it is hydrophobic. In other words, it does not absorb perspiration but captures and keeps the moisture inside. It is not breathable, and sticks to the skin when it comes in contact with sweat. It is not as resistant to friction as cotton. Apart from being hydrophobic, polyester is comfortable, durable, versatile and cost effective garment when worn in certain (and cool 😊) environments.

On the other hand, cotton is a natural fibre that is absorbent, sustainable and breathable. It allows natural airflow to flow through the natural fibres, which means that it is cool to wear. Thicker cotton material (like the denim conti suits worn for welding) is hotter to wear (“more thickness = less breathability”). Some 100% cotton garments may wear and tear easily, depending on the weave. Cotton material that is not treated for fire resistance, will burn away, while polyester melts. It’s also harder to catch fire and easier to extinguish than synthetic fibres. It burns cooler than synthetic fibres, meaning if you wear a cotton shirt that catches fire, you will be able to pat it out with your glove. If you wear a synthetic shirt, it will melt to your skin and be almost impossible to put out. That’s right, synthetics don’t burn as much as they “melt”, and that can do some serious damage. As a natural fibre, 100% cotton garments are a bit more expensive than synthetic items.

Polycotton is a combination or blend of cotton and polyester. It combines the best qualities of both materials. The most well-known blend is 65% cotton and 35% polyester. What makes the polycotton blend so significant and popular is the fact that it is lightweight, retains colour, is fade resistant and is stronger and more durable than pure cotton. Polycotton is more expensive than pure polyester, but a lot more comfortable to wear. It is cheaper than pure cotton. The 65/35 combination is very popular for workwear, because it is both affordable and durable.


Which is better – polycotton, cotton or polyester?

Different work environments and jobs require different types of workwear and fabric blends. Choose the right fabric for the workwear based on the level of protection and performance required by the prevailing industrial regulations or employers own safety standards.

What fabric is suitable for my industry?

Cotton: 100% Cotton is used the most in the welding industry. If workers work outside, and especially in warm climates, 100% cotton will be the best option for comfort because it is cool to wear.

Polycotton – This blend is commonly used in most work environments like construction, landscaping, general work, maintenance, contract work and warehouses.

Polyester – Polyester is suitable for general indoor work environments like warehouses, logistics, janitorial work, corporate environments etc.

Please confirm with your representative about the right choice for your unique work environment before placing your order.

Source: fibre2fashion.com | barnhardtcotton.net | wikipedia.com

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