The thought of steaming a piece of fabric has many people reaching for their iron and ironing board, but has anyone given thought to using a steamer? You can steam all sorts of things without a microwave—even cotton fabric—with a steamer.
For those who have never used a steamer for their fabric, it is a device that uses heat and steam to get wrinkles out of a garment. People who have never used a steamer for their fabric think it is a complicated device.
But, all you need to know is how to operate the machine. Once you learn how to use the machine, it is easy to steam.
There are a lot of questions that I get asked from customers who are using steamers. Unsurprisingly, the first question I am asked is whether I can steam nylon.
When people ask this they aren’t talking about cooking food, they are talking about clothing. Nylon is made from polyamides, which are long chains of molecules that are connected together in a star-shaped lattice.
Polyamides are extremely durable, but they also feel quite stiff to the touch. So, how do you steam nylon? Yes you can steam a nylon fabric.
What is a nylon fabric?
We have all been told that a nylon fabric is a synthetic material that is tightly woven and semi-transparent, as well as lightweight and relatively resistant to abrasion and heat.
Nylon is a synthetic fibre that can be used in a variety of applications, most notably in the fabric industry. It is a polyamide polymer that is produced by polymerizing monomers through a process known as polymerization.
Nylon is often used in its form of nylon 6 and nylon 6.6, where the 6 stands for the number of carbon atoms.
How is nylon fabric used?
Nylon is a man-made fiber that is used in the production of many products, such as clothing, bags and furniture.
It is also used in the production of plastic tubing, and there are many nylon products that are intended to be used for steam and hot water. These include tubs, hoses, and pipe insulation.
How do you get wrinkles out of nylon?
The beauty of nylon is that it is the perfect choice for people that do not want a lot of wrinkles or creases in their clothing. However, nylon has a tendency to wrinkle over time, especially if you are in an area that has high humidity.
To fix this issue, you can use a steamer to remove any wrinkles or creases from items such as shirts, jackets, and even jeans. Steaming is quick and easy, and it is much more effective than ironing.
What different types of nylon fabric are there?
Different types of nylon fabric have different properties that may affect their suitability for certain applications. There are three main categories of nylon fabric:
polyamide, polyester, and aramids. Polyamide is the most common, and it’s used for everything from clothing to car parts, and even in some industrial applications.
Polyester is slightly less common, and it’s used in many more production applications, including clothing and carpeting. Finally, aramids are a newer fabric, and they’re only used in applications like car tires.
Here some more:
- Nylon 6.
Nylon 6 is the generic name for a series of synthetic polyamides – compounds made from repeating units of benzene (C6H6).
They are man made polymers that are used to produce a wide variety of products such as, clothing, fabrics, carpets, textiles, yarns, newsprint, packaging, films, and adhesives.
- Nylon 66.
Nylon 66 is one of a group of polyamides that are made by modifying a natural protein called casein. It has a relatively high molecular weight (2.5 million) and is used mostly in the chemical and textile industries.
Its low melting point, high toughness, and resistance to heat, chemicals, oxygen, and chemicals has led to use in high-performance industrial applications.
- Nylon 6/6-6.
A polymer is a molecule made of many repeated chemical units. They are usually formed by polymerization, a process that joins carbon-based units together forming long chains of molecules.
Nylon 6/6-6 is a synthetic polymer made from repeating units of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen (C-H-O) with the molecular formula of C 6 H 12 O.
It is highly crystalline, has a low glass transition temperature, and is semi-transparent. Nylon 6/6-6 is a commonly used resin for making textiles.
- Nylon 6/9.
Nylon 6/9 is a polyamide or polyamideimide that is a high-performance polymer. The polymer is a versatile material and has many applications.
Nylon 6/9 is a polymer that is used in the production of synthetic fibers. The polymer is used in various applications such as cable, hoses, and paints.
The most commonly-used polymer is blended with other polyamides like nylon 6/6, nylon 6/12 and nylon 6/18.
Because the polymer has a melting point range of 300 – 320°C and a tensile strength of 3000 N/mm2 and a flexibility of 500% or better, it is used in many applications.
- Nylon 6/10.
Nylon 6/10 is quite a special polymer. It was first manufactured in the 1950s but since then has been used primarily in surgical gauze bandages.
But now, it is being used in an entirely different area of medical technology; the production of biodegradable surgical mesh for surgical incisions.
And, unlike most plastics, nylon 6/10 is the only one of its kind that is completely biodegradable after use.
- Nylon 6/12.
Nylon is a polymer that’s often used in high-end garments, so people who like to shop in high-end clothing boutiques really like it. It’s considered an expensive polyester, but it’s also cheap and flexible.
Nylon is made up of chains of carbon atoms, and depending on how many carbon atoms are present, it’s classified into a different category of polymer.
Nylon 6/12 is a nylon filament that is also used as a raw material for manufacturing a variety of products, including a wide variety of fabrics. The filament can be made into yarn, fabrics, and even used to make plastic and metal 3D printing filament.
- Nylon 11.
It is the 11th polymer in the “Nylon” series, having been produced in 2010. The chemical formula of nylon 11 is given as UNNAM11, and it is the 11th generation of nylon, with the first being nylon 6.
Nylon 11 is a type of synthetic fiber that is the most common fiber in the world. Synthetic Nylon 11 is used in a variety of applications, including fabric, filaments, and rope.
Nylon 11 is a man-made fiber made up of high-grade polyamide, or polyamide filaments.
- Nylon 12.
Nylon 12 is a type of synthetic filament that is used in the manufacturing of 3D printers. It is produced via a composite filament by extruding ABS, PLA and Nylon filaments through a heated nozzle and a corresponding cooling system.
It is soft and flexible, ideal for producing tight tolerances in filaments. Nylon 12 is a high-performance filament that can be used for all types of 3D printing projects such as models, jewelry, prototypes, design, and cosplay.