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Apr 3, 2008
The fabric that has today become so very popular in workplaces around the world under the name of flame resistant cotton is actually a trademarked fabric by Westex, Inc. under the name of INDURA. As the name suggests, flame resistant cotton is really flame resistant to a high degree and can be safely used in workplaces where there is a danger of flash fires and in places where welding is done quite prominently.

Flame resistant cotton or INDURA is a fabric that is specially made by treating cotton with a flame resistant finish. The material is 100% cotton, and not cotton blended with other synthetic fibers. The material remains wholly cotton, and only the finish provided on its surface provides it with the flame resistant properties. However, the developed fabric, known as INDURA Ultra Soft is also a variety of flame resistant cotton that is blended with synthetic nylon. INDURA Ultra Soft contains 88% of cotton with 12% of high tenacity nylon. INDURA Ultra Soft has more flame resistant properties due to the presence of nylon in it, but it is not 100% flame resistant cotton. Both INDURA and INDURA Ultra Soft maintain the original properties of cotton, i.e. porosity and lightness of weight. Hence, they are preferred as workwear in places where a lot of physical work and fire hazards are involved.

How does flame resistant cotton actually work at protecting the worker? Does it never catch fire? Well, the flame resistant cotton helps by opposing the flames. As a result, the fabric takes a longer time to catch fire than other normal fires. Also, if the fabric contains high tenacity nylon in it, then it will act as an insulator. This means that the fabric will keep the person protected, to an extent, from the outer high temperatures. Flame resistant cotton is made in such a way that it will not retain flames. So, if you can remove the garment from the region of fire, then the flames will extinguish almost as soon as the contact is broken.

You will find flame resistant cotton in many work uniforms that are used in workplaces around the world. Firemen use complete coveralls, and so do people working in glass furnaces and welding industries. It helps them to be protected from fires, high temperatures and accidental flames. Apart from the coveralls, there are bib overalls made from flame resistant cotton which are also extremely popular. Other garments designed for the workplace that use flame resistant cotton are jackets, shirts, lab coats, pants, hoods, etc.

These come in a variety of colors and stitches. Hence, people who are looking for flame resistant workwear made of cotton material need not compromise on style and fashion. Also, they can be customized in a number of ways. The style and number of pockets can be altered, and logos can be embroidered onto the workwear, or silk screening can be done. Most manufacturers will customize your flame resistant cotton workwear so that they become a proper part and parcel of your workplace.

Online retailers offer a huge collection of workwear uniforms made out of the highest grade of flame resistant cotton. You will also find some of the biggest names in the business, and what's more you can even get your uniforms customized for you in whichever way you order.
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Max Johnson of The Uniform Connection. Click for more Flame Resistant Cotton.
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