• Batting

    Updated 7/5/10 PAB: MMSS 6-19-10 v0

    Alternate name(s)
    Pellon

    Characteristics

    An extremely soft non-woven padding material; non-museum use is for quilted blankets, clothing and quilts. Normally made from cotton or polyester. Cotton as an organic is hygroscopic and can therefore provide some rH buffering, but is more attractive to insects. Polyester is more durable and has more of a cushioning "memory" where cotton will tend to flatten out over time.

    Forms/Sizes
    Roll lengths vary - widths typically 40” or 45” up to 90”. Thickness (referred to as "loft") ranges from .007” to 1”. Can easily be stacked to achieve more substantial thicknesses.

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    Applications
    The most common type used for packing and many storage applications is polyester. Often used as additional cushioning in foam cavities, as loose fill inside Fomecor® or corrugated plastic boxes, or incorporated into padded textile hangers or stockinette tubes. Batting fibers can easily snag on small object parts - tyvek or other barriers serve to prevent this. Versions that allow you to separate layers allow for greater flexibility in use.

    Sources
    Uline
    Talas
    Metal Edge
    Gaylord
    University Products