What is UV Degradation?

UV degradation is a complex phenomenon that occurs when textile fibers or fabrics are exposed to ultraviolet radiation, resulting in a deterioration of their physical structure. Both direct and indirect exposure to UV rays can trigger this process, causing the breakdown of chemical bonds in fibers and leading to the fabric's degradation.

UV degradation can have a range of effects on textiles, including discoloration, weakened strength, and stiffness. As a result, the fabric can become fragile, faded, or even fracture when subjected to minimal stress or pressure.

The severity of UV degradation varies depending on several factors, including the type of fiber, the fabric's construction, and the intensity and duration of exposure.

To prevent UV degradation, textile manufacturers may incorporate UV inhibitors and stabilizers during the production process, which can enhance the fabric's resistance to UV radiation and help maintain its strength and color.

Proper handling and storage of textiles, such as avoiding direct sunlight, can also help mitigate the effects of UV degradation.