Why Use Tyvek Soft Wrap For Quilt Storage?

Recently, someone inquired about how we can be sure that Tyvek is risk-free for use in the textile storage industry. Because of this, we decided to conduct some additional research on the fantastic material. We are already aware that it is a product that can be preserved for long periods of time, is resistant to water and tears as well as breathability, and is used extensively in museums. I went in search of some additional chemical evidence to explain why we ought to use it not only with our quilts but also with our textiles.

The website of Material Concepts, a DuPont Tyvek distributor for the industry, is an excellent source of information. They not only have information that is technical, but they also have a blog that contains a wide variety of inventive uses for Tyvek.

The following is information taken from their website:

Museums and art packagers use Archival Tyvek® or Tyvek® Soft Wrap to protect a wide variety of items, including paintings, sculptures, sketches, documents, and many other types of materials, while the items are being transported and stored. Examples of these types of items include: paintings and sculptures These Tyvek® Soft Wrap archival art supplies are sold and distributed all over the world by Material Concepts. Our customers include dealers, museums, and fine art packagers. Shipping artwork often requires archivists to use this material as a crate lining or crate liner.

Why choose Archival Quality Tyvek®?

Tyvek® Soft Wrap is produced through a one-of-a-kind flash-spinning method and does not require the addition of any binders in the production stage. It is made entirely of high-density polyethylene fibers. The extremely fine fibers that make up Tyvek® are measured between 0.5 and 1.0 micrometers, making them approximately fifty times thinner than a human hair. After being spun into a yarn, these fibers are subsequently woven together under intense heat and pressure in order to form a sheet-like structure. There is no variation in the pH of any Tyvek® style; it is always 7. Both the 14M and 14MX styles of archival quality soft Tyvek® have not been treated with any antistatic agents, so it is safe to use them for archival purposes.

Features of Archival Quality Tyvek®

The archival quality of Tyvek® Both the 14M and 14MX styles of Tyvek® are exceptionally pliable, soft, resistant to tears and water, free of particulates, and breathable. As a result of the ease with which Tyvek® can be easily sewn (PDF),, glued, or taped, Tyvek® can be easily fabricated into soft cushions, dust covers, sleeves, garment bags, storage bags – or it can be taken from the roll as needed to create clean work areas, table tops, or displays.

Soft-structure The reasons why the Tyvek® styles 14M and 14MX are so popular are as follows:

  • Lightweight and tear resistant – Tyvek® has an excellent strength-to-weight ratio
  • Water resistant and breathable – Tyvek® is equally strong wet or dry, and best of all, it breathes
  • pH neutral and antistat free – There are no antistatic coatings or treatments on 14M or 14MX styles
  • Versatile and fabric-like – Tyvek® can be used right from the roll, or is easily fabricated into cushions or sleeves

Temperature Ranges for Tyvek®

Excellent performance can be expected from Tyvek® in a wide range of temperature settings. Even when exposed to temperatures as low as -131 degrees Fahrenheit (-73 degrees Celsius), it maintains its tensile strength and pliability. It will not start to melt until 275 degrees Fahrenheit (135.0 degrees Celsius), and it will not start to shrink until 2447 degrees Fahrenheit (118 degrees Celsius). Tyvek® has an auto-ignition temperature of 650 degrees Fahrenheit, or 343 degrees Celsius.

If you’d like even more info- check out this booklet pdf from Material Concepts.

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