No textile rag wiper is 100% lint free because of the very nature of recycled textiles and how they are processed. However, there are different degrees of lint and some grades that are extremely low linting and are classed as lint free in the industry. An example would be white sheeting and white linen, they do not contain fluff. The tighter the weave the less lint fibers deposited. White sheeting material is washed 100’s of time in the laundry process, the benefit of this is any loose fibers are dissipated leaving a extremely low linting sheet to produce into wipers.
The most lint free rag in our range is white linen napkins. The hemmed edges make sure there is no loose cotton fibers/strands that can become detached and make their way onto a surface or into a moving component. This product comes in uniform 40 x 40cm square pieces.
White sheeting is also known as Grade A Cotton Rags and Number 1 White Cotton Rags.
You may ask why is it important to use a lint free rag?
When wiping down a machine part or absorbing excess liquid with a rag, you cannot afford to leave residue on the surface. Wiping down metal panels prior to powder coating is another area you need a lint free rag. Any fiber left on the polished surface will stop the paint from sticking and create a blemish. Small issues like this can cost companies, therefore we like to educate our customers and ensure they are using the best wiper for their application.
When picking a textile wiper from our range; coloured cotton, coloured t-shirt, white cotton, coloured towel, white sheeting, or white linen, there is a qualities graph on each product which indicates how lint free each wiper in on a scale of 1-10.
White cotton rags and coloured wipers can be supplied in several different ways and qualities. Pallets of rags or bags of rags for the industrial market. 10kg and 5kg boxes for customers that want the wipers loosely packed and not compressed. Vacuum, compressed bales of textile rags save space, and the polythene bag creates a waterproof barrier keeping your rags dry.
If you are wanting a 100% lint free wiper then you would be safer to look at a non-woven cloth. Smartora Hydro Wiper Rolls or the Smartora Multi Cloth are both popular products in the industry and are used where there is sensitive equipment and surfaces. Laboratories, pharmaceutical and printing industries use these products.
Coloured Towel Rags vs White Towel Rags
When your customer sees the price difference between coloured towel and white towel wipes, they often instinctively choose the coloured. But are they cheaper in the long run and are they fit for purpose?
Coloured towelling wipers are made from old domestic towels and bathrobes. The pieces are not as uniform as white towel, and the material is a lot thinner and worn. As a result, you often use a lot more wipers to achieve the end result.
Premium white towel rags are 5* hotel grade and have a very thick pile. The luxurious pile makes it an extremely absorb wiper and consequently you use fewer pieces to achieve the end result.
White shows the dirt well which is import in some cleaning industries and it’s also emotionally satisfying to know your wiper is doing its job.
White towelling goes through the laundry process before it is discarded for rags. Coloured towelling is only as clean as when the domestic household throws the material away, there is no laundering process once it’s collected by the recycling company.
White towel’s thick pile collects the dirt and grime rather than just spreading it around. White towel is also good for applying stains to furniture, the thick pile absorbs the liquid and then evenly distributes it onto the surface.