Choosing the right uniforms for your business can be tricky, depending on your industry and needs, there are many different features you might choose from. In summer, and in jobs that deal with heat like kitchens, having moisture wicking fabric can be a huge benefit. While often associated with athletic apparel, moisture-wicking fabric offers many different uses. To help you decide if moisture wicking fabric is right for your companies next uniforms, today we’ll walk you through some of the basics and science behind the topic.
Have you ever noticed that when you sweat or get wet, some fabrics allow the water to cling to you and keep you damp while others seem to pull the wetness away from your skin allowing it to dry faster? Moisture-wicking fabric can be natural or manufactured and allows for speedy drying. This is great for those working hot jobs as it will enable you to cool down faster and stay more comfortable and dry while preventing chafing.
Along with preventing general discomfort, the advantage of moisture-wicking goes much further than you might think. When staff are more comfortable, they’re likely to suffer from stress and will be more productive. Moisture-wicking also helps prevent heat-related injuries like exhaustion and heat stroke.
There are several different types of fabric that wick moisture, depending on your needs and climate you may want to choose one over the other. Some of these include polyester, polypropylene, nylon, and Spandex as well as Gore-Tex. However, if you are looking for moisture-wicking fabric that will be used near an open flame, you will need to do more research as some polypropylene fabrics are not fire-retardant and can become quite dangerous when they catch fire and melt. Some natural fibers are also flame retardant, including bamboo and wool.