Water-Repellent Vs Hydrophilic Non-Woven Fabric

Feb 1, 2023 | News

In recent years, the growth rate of world demand for non-woven fabrics has always been higher than the growth of the global economy. Global non-woven production is concentrated in the USA, which accounts for 41% of the world total, Western Europe for 30%, Japan for 8%, China for 3.5% and other regions for 17.5%. Among the end-use applications for non-woven fabrics, hygiene absorbents (especially diapers) are the fastest growing products, while the medical textiles, automotive textiles, footwear and artificial leather markets are also showing new and rapid development.

China’s nonwovens industry started late, but developed very rapidly. In the early 1980s, the output was less than 10,000 tons, and in the mid- to late 1990s, a climax was set in motion for the development of nonwoven products in China. In addition to using domestic production lines, Guangdong, Zhejiang, Jiangxi and Hunan provinces also introduced production lines from abroad respectively. The development of nonwoven products in China greatly exceeds the average development rate of the textile industry, with an annual growth rate of 8-10%, making it one of the fastest growing sectors in the textile industry.

There are various types of non-woven fabrics, which are comfortable, environmentally friendly, clean and hygienic. From the perspective of hydrophilicity, they can be divided into water-repellent non-woven fabrics and hydrophilic non-woven fabrics. What is the difference between them?

1、Water-repellent non-woven fabrics are made of water-repellent materials, while hydrophilic non-woven fabrics are made of hydrophilic materials.

2、Water-repellent non-woven fabrics contain mainly water-repellent substances such as water-repellent bases or water-repellent materials, so they do not get wet. Hydrophilic non-woven fabrics may also be used in large quantities with capillary fibers, as the fibers also exhibit water-absorbing properties. It has a good hydrophilic effect, does not back-bleed and can be hydrophilized several times.

3、The water cannot seep through the water-repellent non-woven fabrics and is not damp when it gets wet, while the hydrophilic non-woven fabrics can seep through the water and is damp when it gets wet.

The difference between water-repellent non-woven fabrics and hydrophilic non-woven fabrics is simply that one does not absorb water and the other absorbs water. The specific choice of non-woven fabric depends on the application.

For example:
Hydrophilic non-woven fabrics:
● Diapers (babies and adults)

● Sanitary pads
● Wet wipes
● Bed sheet
● SPA products
● Disposable medical supplies
● Other hygiene products
Water-repellent non-woven fabrics:
● Packaging and shopping bags
● Agricultural seedling cloth
● Seedling insulation cloth
● Industrial protective cloth
● Medical protective clothing
● Tablecloth
● Hygiene products(Anti-leakage women’s sanitary napkins, baby diapers,adult diapers and other hygienic fabrics.)

Non-woven fabrics are very widely used in sanitary products and are popular with sanitary product manufacturers because of their low cost.

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