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Is mercerized cotton more durable?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by archetypal_yuppie, Mar 15, 2013.

  1. archetypal_yuppie

    archetypal_yuppie Senior member

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    Is mercerized cotton more durable than non-mercerized? What have peoples' experiences been?
     
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  3. Cant kill da Rooster

    Cant kill da Rooster Senior member

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    You should have gone to the Ask Man of Lint thread and saved him trouble of having to look for your question.
     
  4. archetypal_yuppie

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    Yeah I could have, if I had any idea what it was at the time. Do you presume that everyone who uses the site must be familiar with all of its contents?
     
  5. Big Texas

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    The answer to your question depends on how you define "durable" in the context of a particular cotton garment.

    Mercerization increases the tensile strength of cotton fibers by slightly altering their chemical structure. It also increases their resistance to mold, such as mildew. On the other hand, mercerized cotton is more attractive to dust and other fine, particulate matter.

    On the balance, these qualities may or may not noticeably affect the durability of your cotton items, depending upon what you put them through and how you maintain them. Generally speaking, wear and care will make a much more significant difference in the long run.
     
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  6. GBR

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    Not at all. The genera quality, style etc if the garment you are looking at is relevant not this narrow feature.
     
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  7. archetypal_yuppie

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    I can't imagine how the style of a garment will affect its durability. Anyway, I'm not asking about the durability of a garment, I'm asking about fabrics. I realize that there are few instances where you could compare a similar weave or knit of mercerized cotton vs. non-mercerized cotton. But if you could, just wondering if one would be more durable than another when exposed to normal wear & tear, and washing.
     
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    I was making a joke but your offence is noted.
     
  9. archetypal_yuppie

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    Oh, good one.
     

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