Sunday, 6 May 2012

Taking precautions when using specific fabrics such as wool

Laundry service involves more than picking up your dirty clothes, washing them and then returning them to your clients. There are a lot of complications involved. This is why it is very important to safe guard yourself by having the necessary insurance cover required in case there is an accident. Some of the fabrics to be laundered are very complicated too. Therefore, they should be handled with care by a service provider.

Wool being in that category- wool is in the animal family. It is an animal fibre from skin cells follicles. Wool is mainly taken from sheep however, animals like goats also provide wool when you can’t get wool.

Sheep provide most of the wool use in the fabric industry. This wool is used is used to make clothes like jackets, socks, rugs and blankets. Marina sheep were discovered in Spain a long time ago and were introduced to Australia, who is the largest producers of wool at the present time. There are other producers such as South Africa, New Zealand, Britain and United States.

How to know if a fabric is wool using the burnt test? Materials needed to perform a burnt test are:
  1. Bucket of water
  2. Metal container (not plastic)
  3. Tweezers
  4. Matches or a lighter
  5. Piece of material your using (fabric)

Firstly, to perform a burnt test you must make sure you understand what you are doing. This is the process that professional designers and dress makers use to determine what the fabric is made of.

When you pinch the piece of material with tweezers and light it with the matches or lighter provided, in order to determine that it is pure wool the piece of fabric should shrivel back but will not melt. It will also flame up slightly whilst still in the flame. The piece will self extinguish when removed from the flame and smell like burnt hair. Black residue ash will pulverize easily and when dipped into water, the piece of material will not float. 

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