PUL Fabric

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There are three major producers of PUL fabric in the United States, but they are also made in other countries, such as Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Italy, Pakistan and Vietnam.

What is PUL Fabric?

A Polyurethane laminate or simply PUL fabric, thermal stretch, fuzzy rubber fabric is a compound fabric created by laminating a cloth fabric to one or both sides of a thin polyurethane film. The polyester knit laminate typically has a little elasticity making it a stretchable fabric. Polyurethane laminated fabrics have several uses in the medical, automotive, and apparel industries. 

If you wear it like daily clothing, it will easily go with your moves, and there is less likely that the seams will suffer from fabric wear and pressure.

Types of PUL Fabric

The weight of the lamination is the primary distinction between various PUL varieties. The most popular PUL sizes are 1 mil and 2 mil. On the other hand, it can be categorized into four types, depending on what raw material is used. They are Cotton PUL, polyester PUL, a cotton-poly blend PUL, and eco-friendly PUl. But the eco-friendly PUL, which does not use any additives like latex and does not produce volatile organic compounds, is relatively new to the market.

What is PUL Fabric Used For?

This fabric is also one of the most versatile fabrics in the market. Since PUL is both waterproof and breathable, it offers excellent splash resistance making it ideal for outerwear and outdoor attire. This fabric also offers excellent wind and waterproof qualities, so it is also perfect for shower curtains and other water sports garments. You can also find other garments and textiles that use PUL fabric in some industries, some include upholstery applications, particularly in cars, restaurants, and hospitals. PUL is also in medical bedding, mattress coverings, wet bags, cloth menstrual pads, diapers, and nappies.

What are the Raw Materials used For PUL Fabric?

PUL fabric is usually made from a polyester fabric with a very thin polyurethane film layer bonded to it. Polyester is preferable to cotton since the latter one cannot make water-resistant garments, textiles, and other products.

History & Origin of PUL Fabric

PUL fabrics were initially used in hospitals because they need a durable, water-resistant, and hygienic fabric. Although polyurethanes were created in Germany in the 1930s, it took a few decades for them to be used as a common fabric.

This fabric was made to be strong and simple to wash at 50°c. It was originally created for use in the medical industry to resist multiple washing as well as autoclave cleaning, a form of high heat steam sterilizing cleaning equipment. To keep color vibrancy longer, many of the trendy and interesting patterned PUL fabrics are better suited to washing at lower temperatures.

How Much is PUL Fabric? (per yard)

The average cost of PUL fabric ranges from $10 to $15 per yard. It depends on its color patterns and designs. Whereas, the cost of high-quality PUL, also known as eco-PUL, is more expensive and runs around $18 per yard.

Pros & Cons of PUL Fabric

PUL fabric has many advantages, it is wind-resistant, water-resistant, breathable, stretchable soft, and very versatile. It’s also relatively easy to clean, maintain, and frequently machine washable, as well as occasionally tumble-safe. 

On the other hand, it also has a few drawbacks. It may disintegrate if kept wet for a long period and once damp, it sticks to itself. You may also not want to use any fabric softener as it has little response to it. Lastly, when it is exposed to too much heat, it can melt as it is made of polyester and laminated thin film.