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13:22 Aug 6, 2001
English to Afrikaans translations [Non-PRO]
English term or phrase: NYLON

Strength: Nylon produced in both regular and high-tenacity strengths. Although one of the lightest textile fibers, it is also one of the strongest. It is surpassed in strength only by aramid and glass. Its strength competes with high-tenacity viscose rayon as well as with polyester fibers. The strength of nylon will not deteriorate with age. These advantages make nylon desirable for sheer hosiery, curtains, blouses, dress fabrics, upholstery and carpets. Nylon not only has great tensile strength with light weight, it is also tough and pliable. Nylon has the highest resistance to abrasion of any fiber. It can take a tremendous amount of rubbing, scraping, bending, and twisting without breaking down. Spun nylon yarn has even a higher abrasion resistance than filament nylon, which makes it desirable for socks and upholstery.

Resilience: Nyulon has excellent resilience. Nylon fabrics retain their smooth appearance, and wrinkles from the usual daily activities fall out readily. Pile fabrics, such as velvets and carpets, keep a neat uncrushed appearance.

Drapability: Fabrics of nylon filament yarn have excellent draping qualities. Lightweight sheers may have a flowing quality, medium-weight dress fabrics can drape very nicely, and heavier-weight Jacquards also drape well.

Cleanliness and Washability: Because of nylon’s smooth surface, dirt and stains often come clean merely by using a damp cloth. If the yarn has an antistatic component in it or if the fabric has an antistatic finish, then dirt particles are less likely to be attracted and cling, and the garment will stay cleaner longer. Ohterwise, an antistatic additive could be used in the washing or in the drying machine. To wash nylon garments by hand or washing machine, use lukewarm water at about 38ºC and a detergent or soap with a water softener. White nylon fabrics should always be separated from colored fabrics before washing because the nylon will pick up color (even from the palest pastels) and develop a dingy gray appearance that is extremely difficult to remove. Garments should be thoroughly rinsed to obtain thorough removal of soil paricles and drip-dried to obtain maximum freedom from wrinkling. Nylon filaments fabrics dry very quickly. They need little or no ironing because the garments are usaully heatest to retain their shape, pleats, or creases. Spun nylon has a tendency to pill, or form balls, on the surface of the fabric. To minimize this, such fabrics should not be rubbed. They should be washed gently, preferably by hand. Brushing with a soft brush will reduce the pilling.
Niel de Vaal

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na +1Nylon
Sven Petersson



11 hrs peer agreement (net): +1

"Nylon" is a proper name. It was created from "New York" and "London".

Sven Petersson
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Native speaker of: Native in SwedishSwedish, Native in EnglishEnglish

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