RUDOLF KEY TECHNOLOGIES - Terry Cloth

Process and end-user-related functions and benefits for pre-treatment, dyeing, finishing and textile re-processing

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The world of terry cloth goods

They dry us, they warm us, they provide comfort and snugness: Terry cloth goods in the most different qualities are popular and useful companions for a multitude of activities at home, at sports or at leisure. Every day these versatile textiles contribute to make the daily routine easier and to promote well-being.

Examples for articles made of terry qualities
  • Towels
  • Bath towels
  • Sauna towels
  • Bathrobes
  • Bathroom carpets
  • Flannels
  • Fitted sheets
  • Children‘s pyjamas
  • Sports clothes
Requirements of final articles made of terry cloth
  • Maximum hydrophilicity
  • High water absorption capacity
  • Rapid drying
  • Soft handle
  • Volume
  • Hygiene and freshness
  • Easy to embroider
  • Longevity (resistant to washing and tumble-drying)
  • Low loss of fibre

Frottier (terry cloth) ≠ Frotté: What does the name reveal about the properties?

The name “frottier“ (terry) comes from the French “frotter“ which means “to abrade“, this refers to one of the major requirements of loop fabric, which is absorption. Final articles made of terry cloth goods must be able to absorb as much wetness as possible. Also important is the touch, from fluffy-soft to harsh with massage effect.

These properties are already influenced by the different terry cloth qualities. Thus, genuine terry cloth of three-cord loop fabric (consists of main warp, weft and loop warp) has much more volume than the terry-cloth-like which is only two-cord frotté.

Greater volume means a larger surface, and this implies multiplied wetness absorption capacity and increased thermal retention. The type of the loop warp influences the handle, e.g. milled terry cloth (loop warp = non-twisted yarn) is inherently softer and fluffier than twisted terry cloth which has a rather good touch (loop warp = twisted yarn).

Cotton still is the most important and mostly used fibre type for terry goods. 100% CO qualities or blends with other cellulosic fibres, such as modal, Tencel or viscose, have good water-absorbing properties, which have to be maintained, supported and optimised by using the right products in pre-treatment and finishing operations.

Terry cloth made of polyester, polyamide or blends does not necessarily correspond to the typical loop fabric, but can be found as fleece-like microfibre towels. They are particularly popular for sports activities or for travelling, because they are light and space-saving. Another advantage of microfibres is that they dry more rapidly. In contrast to cotton they do not store any moisture inside the fibre. In order to achieve good and permanent water absorption, the synthetic fibres have to be rendered hydrophilic.

The RUDOLF terry cloth programme shows you how to obtain high-quality and durable terry cloth goods, from pre-treatment to initial industrial finishing to rental linen.

Process-related functions and benefits

PRETREATMENT and DYEING
  • Economic processes due to minimum water consumption, time and energy saving
  • Optimum colour yield, high levelness and improved reproducibility
  • Perfect preparation of hydrophilic properties
WET WAXING
  • Prevents thread breakage during weaving
  • Optimises the running behaviour
  • Reduces friction
  • Supports uniform loop formation
  • No impairment of hydrophilic properties
IMPROVING SEWABILITY
  • Reduces needle penetration force
  • Easier sewing of edges with heavy quality
  • Easier to embroider
  • Higher sewing speed and less needle changes increase the productivity
  • No impairment of hydrophilic properties

End-user-related functions and benefits

HYDROPHILIC SOFT HANDLE
  • Excellent soft handle
  • Volume and bulk
  • Durable hydrophilicity
  • Aesthetic appearance
  • Optimum regeneration of loops after washing and tumble drying
HYDROPHILICITY
  • Maximum water absorption capacity
  • Wash-resistant hydrophilic properties
  • Fast drying
HYGIENE and FRESHNESS
  • Wash-resistant hygiene for textiles worn next-to-skin
  • Prevents unpleasant odours
  • Skin friendly
LONGEVITY
  • Better technological properties
  • Minimised fibre loss
  • Easy care
RE-PROCESSING TEXTILES
  • Refreshing soft handle and volume
  • Maintaining hydrophilic properties

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SPA COMFORT
  • Suitable for cotton and modal fibres
  • Due to ®RUCOFIN GES NEW super soft, stimulating, breathable, hydrophilic, jet-stable, permanent, low-yellowing
  • Optional: due to SILVERPLUS® with hygienic freshness, friendly to the skin, resistant to washing and dry cleaning

 

HYDROPHILIC BALANCE
  • Suitable for all cellulosic fibres
  • Due to ®RUCOFIN SIQ NEW compelling softness, durable hydrophilic properties, high degree of whiteness, distinct stability
  • Optional: due to SILVERPLUS® with hygienic freshness, friendly to the skin, resistant to washing and dry cleaning

 

EXTRAORDINARY VOLUME
  • Suitable for all cellulosic fibres
  • Due to ®RUCOFIN SQS NEW special softness, extraordinary volume, excellent pile recovery after washing, hydrophilic, high degree of whiteness
  • Optional: due to SILVERPLUS® with hygienic freshness, friendly to the skin, resistant to washing and dry cleaning

 

ORGANIC PLANET
  • Generally suitable for bio-cotton and bio-fibres
  • Due to ®RUCOFIN LAN NEW or ®RUCOFIN AVO NEW natural softness due to natural raw materials (Lanolin, avocado oil), excellent wear comfort, complies with G.O.T.S. 2.0 and OEKO-TEX® Standard 100
  • Recommended by leading bio-fibre manufacturers

 

TECHNO LIGHT
  • Suitable for polyester, polyamide or polyester/polyamide split fibres
  • Due to ®RUCOFIN HHS softer and more well-being, higher moisture pick-up, better care properties and beautiful lustre
  • Optional: due to SILVERPLUS® with hygienic freshness, friendly to the skin, resistant to washing and dry cleaning

 

ESOTERIC PERFORMANCE
  • Suitable for cotton, modal and Tencel
  • Due to ®RUCOFIN LAN NEW or ®RUCOFIN AVO NEW natural softness due to natural raw materials (Lanolin, avocado oil), excellent wear comfort; complies with G.O.T.S. 2.0 and OEKO-TEX® Standard 100
  • Recommended by leading bio-fibre manufacturers
  • Optional: due to SILVERPLUS® with hygienic freshness, friendly to the skin, resistant to washing and dry cleaning

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