FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Please find below some of our most Frequently Asked Questions.
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“Our garments are designed using a high-tech Australian sourced UPF50+ polyester microfibre with an open weave construction resulting in a lightweight , soft and silky feel. The breathable mesh construction maintains garment shape and not only offers in-built UPF50+ sun protection (ie no added chemicals that wash out over time) and added air-flow but is quick drying and extremely durable.
Added qualities include a moisture wicking system that absorbs perspiration from the body and when worn loose, creates a personal ‘air-conditioning system’ leaving the wearer cool, dry and comfortable even in the most hot and humid conditions Australia has to offer. The antimicrobial properties helps sanitise and minimize odour.
Other benefits include : wrinkle , fade, chlorine and sand resistant, long lasting durability and easy care.
The fabric is also a great base for printing making it an ideal way to help promote your business, team , school or club whilst offering the highest level of UPF50+ sun protection . Guaranteed peace of mind – anytime, anywhere , anybody.
Our fabric complies with the AU/NZS 4399:2017 standards for sun protection in addition to being tested for harmful substances according to the OkeoTex standard 100.”
To get the same UV protection (UPF50+) from a cotton fabric the cotton density (weight) needs to be very heavy and/or chemicals added to the finished garment (this can cause skin irritation). This in turn compromises the strength of the natural fibre and airflow. In hot and humid conditions, the cotton garment becomes clammy, heavier, and wetter and ultimately more uncomfortable! Because cotton is a natural substance, the fibres tend to breakdown quicker with each wash therefore reducing the UV protection. Most lightweight cotton garments have an approx. UV rating of only 5 - this means that the UV rays can easily penetrate the garment and cause sunburn to the wearer and reduces a further 50% when wet!!
Think UV not heat.
UV radiation is not related to how hot or cold it is. You can still get burnt on cool or cloudy days. Glare from the water or snow can also cause severe sunburn. Be aware and check UV levels before heading outdoors.
Wear loose long sleeve shirts, pants, sun-glasses and broad rimmed hats * Apply SPF50+ sunscreen every 2-3 hours * Stay out of direct sun between 10am and 3pm
UPF ratings are used for fabric - SPF ratings are used for sunscreen.
Many so called sun protective fabrics look similar but not only is there is a vast spectrum of fabric quality (ie breathability, softness durability - just to name a few!) there is also a significant difference in the UPFratings which vary from UPF 15 to UPF50+.
In addition, some garments have a UV treatment applied to them after manufacture that increases the level of UPF protection but disappears after 20- 30 washes rendering them as ineffective as some cotton garments - which in some cases, only have a UPF rating of 5! Below is the Australian UPF Classification System for fabric/clothing - supplied by independent testing agent ARPANSA.