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Nonwovens are used in a multitude of household applications ranging from cleaning and filtering to adding an aesthetic touch to the home. Used in bedrooms, kitchens, dining rooms and living rooms, high performance nonwovens can create comfortable, practical, hygienic and beautiful solutions for modern living.

Nonwovens in the home furnishing industry are evolving from use in traditional applications such as upholstery, floor coverings, underlay and blankets to innovative, smart solutions to improve and protect interiors.

Recent developments in the home furnishings industry include the creation of nonwovens that kill dust mites in bedding, repel dirt, and contain antimicrobial qualities.

Smart nonwovens technology for home interiors combines practicality with safety. Blast resistant curtains, burglar-proof blinds and carpet alarm systems may in fact be the future of home living. The high engineerability of nonwoven fabrics supports advanced functionality, enabling the development of secure applications. Conventional fabrics on the other hand are restricted in their functionality reach. In the case of blast resistant curtains, the fibre structure in the nonwoven can expand under tension, which allows the material to absorb the pressure shockwave caused by the blast, while simultaneously catching glass and any other debris released by the attack.

On the wall covering front, nonwovens are easier to handle than traditional wall paper as the fabric has no seam separation and is simple to remove. In addition, crack-bridging properties make nonwovens perfectly suited for the renovation of problematic ceilings and walls, where exceptional stability is required.

As energy prices soar, nonwovens can help deliver a more cost-effective heating solution. Electrically conductive nonwoven fabric, integrated with an underpad, have the potential to heat floor surfaces e.g., wooden floors, ceramic tile floors, walls and ceilings. In such applications, the fabric could ultimately replace traditional interior heating systems by inducing heating by radiation

Some examples of where nonwovens are used

  • Abrasives
  • Bed linen (pocket cloth for pocket springs, separation layer, spring cover, top cover, quilt backing, duvet coverings and pillow cases)
  • Blinds/curtains
  • Carpet/carpet backings (scatter rugs, carpet tiles, bath mats etc)
  • Covering & separation material
  • Detergent pouches/Fabric softener sheets
  • Flooring
  • Furniture/Upholstery (inside lining, reverse fabric for cushions, dust cover, spring covering and pull strips)
  • Mops
  • Table linen
  • Tea and coffee bags
  • Vacuum cleaning bags
  • Wall-covering
  • Wipes (household care, floor care, cleaning, pet care etc)

The advantages of using nonwovens

  • Ease-of-use
  • Easy to add scent, anti-static, and softener treatments
  • Fire-retardancy
  • Dimensional stability (even in high temperature e.g. clothes dryer cycle)
  • Easy to slit, die-cut, sew, glue, laminate, trim, saw, clamp and weld without fraying
  • Non-ravelling edges
  • Colour stability
  • High tear, breaking and abrasion resistance
  • Elimination of risk of delamination
  • Stretchability
  • Durability
  • Strength and uniformity
  • Anti-allergy and anti- microbial properties
  • Fluid resistance and retention

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