Pros and Cons of Cotton blended fabrics: poly/cotton

Pure Cotton, or Blended Cotton?

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cotton blended fabrics

While cotton is great fabric to use for making uniforms, it has its limitations. Over the years, fabric manufacturers attempted, and continue to blend cotton with other fibers, in order to give specific characteristics to the fabric. Such characteristics include better colour retention, better stretch, water resistance, and so on.


Polyester, a man made material, is one of the most popular material when it comes to blending it with cotton. Polyester and Cotton blends are often expressed as “poly/cotton” or “polycotton”.


Advantages of Cotton/Polyester blended fabrics


Blending cotton with polyester promises, and delivers some important benefits to the garment.


Polyester and Cotton blended apparels offer better colour retention than pure cotton garments. This feature is fairly important for some businesses. For example, uniforms for motor mechanics, or tradies, gets washed frequently. Therefore, it is important that the uniform retains its colour as much as possible.


Durability, that is, better wear-n-tear is also an important for some business uniforms. For example, a polo shirt worn by a mechanic needs to be able to handle grease and grime, and should be easy to wash. Poly/cotton fabric offers such durability, hence why we often recommend these types of uniforms to mechanics, plumbers, painters, and so on.


A uniform that maintains its original looks is an important aspect of a uniform that one needs to consider before ordering uniforms. I mean, who would want to be seen in a sagged uniform? Garments made from polyester and cotton blended fabrics offer such an advantage. It reduces sagging greatly, if not eliminate it.


One of the disadvantages of natural fibers is that they can shrink if washed in hot water, or dried in a hot tumble drier. Throughout my career as a uniform supplier to many businesses in Australia, I have seen numerous situations where a large size garment is shrank to a small size garment due to the above reasons. Polyester blended cotton fabrics largely eliminate this problem. Largely due to this reason, one of our most popular polo shirt is made from cotton/polyester blend


Disadvantages of Cotton and Polyester blended fabrics


Of course, the benefits of blending cotton with polyester also has its advantages, at least, as far as uniforms are concerned. Uniforms made from polyster/cotton blend fabrics are less flame retardant. So if you are ordering welders uniforms, it’s probably not the best uniform choice. Another key disadvantage of poly/cotton uniforms is that the fabric pills, leaving micro balls. If the uniform is likely to be rubbed during your work practice, then this fabric may not be the ideal choice.


If you are not sure whether a polyester/cotton blended uniform is the right choice for your business, it’s best that you get advice from an experienced uniform supplier. With over nine years of experience, we think we can help. You can visit our site, and chat with us before ordering your uniforms or work wear. It will save you lots of headache, and possibly, lots of money.