You may have never considered the importance of the fabrics that make up your dental uniform. Depending on the fabric used, you’ll experience different levels of comfort, breathability and durability.
All dental workwear sold by My Dental Uniform is manufactured to the highest standard of quality, and we’d like to share the important differences you’ll notice with different types of fabric.
Cotton is derived from a natural fibre, and famed for its quality and breathability. In fact, there’s evidence that it was first used as a clothing fabric in Mexico in over 7,000 years ago. It’ll help you to stay cool in the heat, warm in the cold, is comfortable against the skin and washes well at most temperatures. It’s often combined with synthetic fibres to provide different properties, depending on the type of garment. You should wash 100% cotton uniform at the temperature indicated on the advice label, which will normally be 60C.
Polycotton is a fabric made from a mix of natural cotton and synthetic polyester fibres. It’s designed to give the advantages of both cotton and polyester in one fabric. Polyester is thin, durable and lightweight, while cotton is soft, moisture absorbing and breathable, so a polycotton fabric will be a durable and comfortable choice. Our dental scrubs are a typical example of a polycotton product.
Elastane, also known as Lycra or Spandex, is a synthetic fibre known for its elasticity. It expands and stretches with movement while remaining strong, and will return to its original shape after stretching. Elastane also helps the fabric to dry more quickly than ordinary fabrics. When mixed with cotton or polyester, the elastane provides additional “stretchiness” without sacrificing the look and comfort of the fabric.
Leather is the key fabric used in our dental shoe range. A natural, durable and flexible material, it is made by tanning animal hide. Leather has a high tensile strength, resists tearing and puncturing, and provides good heat insulation.
PU or Polyurethane
PU is a polymer – a strong plastic developed by DuPont in the 1950s – that is used to manufacture the sole of virtually all trainers and similar shoes. PU soles are light, abrasion resistant and water resistant. They help make the shoe flexible, comfortable and easy to wear, with good resistance to slipping. They’re also an excellent shock absorber and provide resistance to chemical damage, so they’re ideal to use in dental shoes.