Neoprene fabric, commonly known as diving material, is a synthetic rubber foam body, feel fine, soft, elastic, with shock resistance, insulation, flexibility, impermeability, and so on. Because it is widely used in the manufacture of diving products, so it has a common name: diving materials or wetsuit-like material. In recent years, with the continuous reduction of cost and the push of many professional manufacturers, it has become a new material used in many popular products.
Features of Neoprene Fabric
1. WEAR-RESISTANT, protect the product against wear and tear
2. Comfortable, and Flexible
3. Long-term use does not deform; prevent damage
4. Dustproof, Antistatic, and Anti-scratch
5. Waterproof and Reusable, can be cleaned repeatedly
Application of Neoprene Fabric
Neoprene is widely used in wetsuits, sports support, body-shaping products, fishing pants, promotional gifts like can sleeves, cosmetic bags, water bottle koozies, etc. During the coronaviurs global pandemic, Neoprene was identified by some health experts as an effective material to use for homemade face masks.
Neoprene could be laminated with follow cloth: T cloth, Lycra, N cloth, mercerized cloth, Nylon, OK cloth, imitation OK cloth, etc. According to the Percentage of SBR and CR, Neoprene could be made as follow items:
SW Series:15% CR with 85% SBR suitable for koozies, tote bags, sports products.
SB Series: 30% CR with 70% SBR suitable for sports support products(knee brace sleeve), gloves products.
SC Series: 50% CR with 50% SBR suitable for fishing pants, footwear products.
CR Series: 100% CR suitable for surfing suit, diving suit.
How to Dye Neoprene Material?
Unlike other fabrics, neoprene materials are difficult to dye. If you dye with warm water, the results will be very poor, so, warm water is not the best choice, you need to dye in boiling water, to get any color you want to get. The first must also be an acid fuel.
The process involves keeping the temperature at 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit and adding acid paint, halving or doubling the formula depending on the depth of the color, and soaking the neoprene foam in hot water for at least half an hour or an hour to achieve the desired effect. If you need a darker color, it takes longer to infect. After dyeing, rinse with warm water and circulate with cold water until the pigment is stable. You can also use an electric dryer for quick drying. Keep the neoprene material flat to prevent distortion.
How to Clean Neoprene Fabric?
You can use a mild detergent and cold water to wash most neoprene products, don’t use the bleach or chemicals that can damage the fabric and weaken it. You also need to air-dry it or use a low-heat setting to ensure that the fibers do not warp.
If the item is too big to fit in the washing machine, you may want to try on-site cleaning. This can usually be done by pretreating the stain with a laundry preprocessor or dry cleaning solution. Using two cups of warm water and a tablespoon of bleach mixed with laundry detergent, you can spray spots and clean them with a soft toothbrush, deep cleansing pores. The final step is to use a cool damp cloth to wipe and gently wipe the spots you have cleaned.
The Neoprene fabric is a tough fabric. Widely used, wear-resistant and durable, if properly stored, even can be used for a lifetime.