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Polo Shirts with UV Protection – Protect your Team from Exposure to Harmful, Invisible Ultra Violet Rays

Polo Shirts with UV Protection help reduce risk of over exposure to harmful, invisible ultra violet rays.

Do your team members spend a lot of time outdoors?

If so we have written this information, which we hope, you will find useful. If you are browsing, to select team wear or uniform then you might decide to consider polo shirts which have been designed and manufactured to give protection from the harmful rays of the sun.

The amount of time a person spends unprotected from the sun and its UV Radiation has a proven correlation to risk of skin cancer.

I enjoy this video which shows the hidden effect of ultra violet rays with the use of a special camera.

Cancerresearchuk.org gives the figures that 8 in 10 cases of melanoma “………could be prevented through enjoying the sun safely and avoiding sunburn”. There has been much publicity during the last decade which has highlighted the dangers.   Certainly since I spent hours unprotected in the sun as child knowledge of how to reduce skin cancers and the risk of melanoma has become well known and written about widely.

Polo shirts and T Shirts are often chosen by customers as part of their company uniform or team wear. They have a smart, but relaxed look. This is appealing as they help to portray a professional image as part of a company corporate clothing range – but are comfortable and practical.

As polo shirts are undoubtedly the most popular of all our garments, we wanted to include those with excellent UV protection ratings.

UPF Protection Rating Explained – Polo Shirts
  • UPF stands for the “Ultra Violet Protection Factor” that the fabric offers.
  • The “Rating” indicates on a scale how good the protection is.
  • UPF rating is similar to SPF (Sun protection factor) rating using in sun screens.

Fabric

The more densely woven the fabric the better the protection the polo shirt will offer from the UV radiation. In densely woven fabrics there are less spaces between the fibres and far fewer of the harmful radiation rays can get through.

However if you stretch the fabric the weave will open up a little and reduce the UV protection. Similarly if the polo shirt is well worn and a little threadbare then protection is reduced.

The recent development in 100% polyester fabrics, with wicking qualities are particularly effective as they have a very tight weave.

Credit – image from Arpansa – Australian Government

Colour

The darker the fabric the better the protection. Because the dye is more concentrated this results in the absorption of many more of the ultra violet rays rather than the lighter coloured polo shirts.

A good simple test to try – hold the polo shirt to the sun and the more you can see through it, the less good the protection.

If your team work outdoors a good starting point is to choose darker colours for their workwear, in a tightly woven fabric.

Fabrics Treated to Increase Sun Protection

Some of our polo shirts have a high technical specification and have been coated with Ultra Violet absorbers or reflectors. This increases the protection that the polo shirts offers. The fabric is usually densely woven and darker colour, and due to this combination there is a three pronged attack on those harmful rays.

Look for Polo Shirts with a UV Protection Rating

Look for polo shirts with UV Protection by using the filter  under “features” on the left hand side of our website.  You will see the rating of all products with UV protection in the description of the polo shirts.  You may also see a logo similar to the one below on the garment label which confirms the rating.

Logo UPF Rating Polo Shirts

 

Polo Shirts with UV Protection

Here is a list with links to our range:-

Just for Interest

If you are interested in invisible ultra violet rays look at this interesting NASA video.

Types of Polo Shirt Fibres

Polo Shirt Fabric – Lets start with the fibres

All Fabrics are made up of fibres and it is these fibres that give the fabric its characteristics.

There are two types of fibre; Filament and Staple.
polo shirt fabric fibres
Examples of filament fibres & staple fibres.

Most natural fibres, such as cotton and wool, are staple fibres and this is what gives polo shirt fabric its texture. Synthetic fibres, such as nylon and polyester are filament fibres, which is why these fabrics tend to be smoother.

Filament fibres refer to fibres of long continuous lengths, while Staples refer to those of shorter length, about a few inches long.

What do Cotton and polyester fibres look like?

 

 

 

 

Cotton                                                                  Polyester

That’s all for today, watch this space for the next instalment!

Liz

Polo Shirt Fabric – Explained

Polo shirts are by far our most popular product and we are always looking out for new ideas and innovations. They have come a long way from their origins in the 19th century, when they were developed by British army soldiers to play Polo.

Choosing the right fabric is important when deciding on what Polo Shirt to buy and we are always being asked to recommend fabrics. So I thought it might be quite useful to do a little fact file.

Most of us have busy lives, we’re time-poor and usually need to turn-around clothes pretty quickly. I have three rugby playing boys at home and I know how important it is the get their clothes cleaned and dried quickly!

So, where do you start? Sometimes you can be overwhelmed with choice, especially today when there seems to be so much out there.

One rule to remember is that a man-made fibre (Polyester) will always be more durable and resilient than a natural fibre but of course natural fibres (cotton) have the added appeal of their natural properties.

Knitted or Woven?

A knitted fabric is made by looping together long lengths of yarn. Its properties are distinct from woven fabric in that it is more flexible. Most Polo Shirts are knitted and there are two main types: Pique and Jersey

Pique

Pique (pronounced “Pee-Kay”) is characterized by its visible waffle-like texture. It generally has a looser weave and is the more traditional choice for Polos. The looser weave allows the air to circulate giving the fabric that important breathability which is why it was first used for Tennis and Sports Wear in the 1920’s. This textured weave helps to create heavier weights and increased durability. Pique is a popular choice as it is associated with both quality and durability.

Jersey

Jersey is  smoother and flatter and is also used for t-shirts. It tends to have more elasticity than pique and a lighter feel and so is a popular choice for sport and active wear. Slim fitting and stretch Polos are more likely to be made of Jersey for the same reason.

See you soon for the next instalment!  Liz