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What is the Non-Woven Fabric in the Mask?

Jul. 13, 2022

Non-woven masks


What is non-woven fabric?

Non-woven, as the name suggests, is a non-woven fabric that does not need to be woven. It is the direct use of polymer slices, short fibers or filaments will be fiber through the airflow or mechanical into the network, and then after hydroentanglement, needle punching, or hot rolling reinforcement, and finally after finishing the formation of non-woven fabric. According to the production process can be divided into: hydroentangled nonwoven fabric, thermally bonded nonwoven fabric, pulp airflow into a web of nonwoven fabric, wet nonwoven fabric, spun-bond nonwoven fabric, melt-blown nonwoven fabric, needle punching nonwoven fabric, sewn nonwoven fabric, hydrophilic nonwoven fabric.


What is the role of nonwoven in the mask?

Why do masks have such a filtering effect? This is due to the nonwoven fabric. The filter layer of the mask is generally three layers of nonwoven fabric, from inside to outside are spunbond layer, meltblown layer, spun-bond layer, also known as SMS structure. The inner layer of the mask is spunbond nonwoven fabric, which fits the skin and makes it comfortable to wear, and has the function of moisture absorption; the middle layer is melt-blown polypropylene nonwoven fabric, which is the core component and plays the main role of filtration protection; the outer layer is spun-bond nonwoven fabric, which has the function of water resistance and can prevent droplets and filter larger particles.


What are spunbond nonwovens and melt-blown nonwovens?

The difference between spunbond nonwoven and melt-blown nonwoven mainly comes from the production process.

Spunbond nonwoven is a type of nonwoven fabric made by extruding the polymer from the fine holes of the spinneret at temperatures above its melting point, cooling and refining it into a filamentous solid while going through the process of laying and reinforcing the screen by dividing the filaments. Meltblown nonwoven fabric is formed by using high-speed hot air to stretch the fine stream of polymer melt extruded from the spinneret holes of the die, forming ultra-fine fibers and coalescing them on a condensed mesh curtain or roller, and relying on their own adhesion.

The melt-blown polypropylene fabric is currently used in all of our masks. This is because the meltblown polypropylene as raw material generates unique ultra-fine fibers (about 1-10μm), and the three-dimensional zigzag structure formed by the fibers in space by their own adhesion and entanglement is very different from the distribution of fibers in traditional fabrics and combing into net nonwovens, which has a larger specific surface area, higher porosity, zigzag microporous structure, and strong adsorption of solid particles; plus polypropylene is non-toxic, light in texture, good flexibility, corrosion resistance. Light, flexible, corrosion-resistant, low price, etc., very suitable for the production of filtering materials, can be used as the core components, play the most important role in filtering protection.


Can non-woven masks be worn for a long time?

Non-woven masks will accumulate a certain amount of water when worn, and the ion concentration in this water will be higher, which may accelerate the dissipation of the charge; the particles in the air may also dissipate part of the charge in the mask during the process of continuous interception by the mask fiber; the repeated breathing and taking off during the wearing process may also have an impact on the fiber stacking structure with localized widening.

Studies have shown that the filtration efficiency of disposable medical masks decreases by nearly 5% after one day of wear, and the filtration efficiency of 14-50 nm particles decreases more significantly; the risk of contamination of masks becomes higher with the extension of use time and should be replaced in a timely manner.

In addition, try not to wear the mask for a long time. The human nasal mucous membrane blood circulation is very strong, the nasal cavity channels and very tortuous, nasal hair structure a filtering "barrier". When the air is inhaled into the nostrils, the airflow forms a vortex in the zigzag channel, so that the airflow inhaled into the nasal cavity is heated. If you wear a mask for a long time, the nasal mucosa will become fragile and lose the original physiological function of the nasal cavity.


Find the best Non-Woven Mask

WELL KLEAN provides Non-Woven Surgical Masks. WK'S Surgical Face mask Is FDA Cleared, manufactured using the highest quality of China Made. materials and rates range from ASTM Level 1 to Level3. Materials and rates range from ASTM Level 1 to Level3, these masks provide different levels of protection. If you are interested in them, please feel free to contact us!

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