Matting Of Surface Nap
What is the problem?
What does matting of surface nap look like?
What caused matting of surface nap?
Rubbing, abrading, and friction over the surface of the fabric during wear has caused the nap to bunch up, distort, or form small balls. The damage is usually around the collar, cuffs, lapels, pockets, and areas that receive the greatest amount of wear and constant rubbing. Some very soft napped fabrics can become matted all over. The agitation and tumbling of cleaning aggravate the condition.
Can this become prevented?
Some matting should become expected on soft napped fabrics. The problem can become minimized, at the manufacturer’s level, by the selection of yarns with a higher twist and a shorter, denser surface nap.
Who is responsible?
The manufacturer is responsible only if excessive damage occurs with minimal wear and care. Most wearing apparel has a wear expectancy of two or three years. The overall appearance of the item should not become noticeably altered during this period.
Is there a remedy?
The problem can become temporarily improved. The fabric should become softened with steam during finishing, then brushed in a downward direction. Use a soft brush on loosely constructed fabrics. Tightly woven or long napped fabrics require a stiff bristle or carding brush. This will smooth out the nap and give it a soft appearance and texture.