Nylon invention was the result of a profound research and extensive experiments held by a number of renowned physicians at the end of 1920s. The research was made possible as a result of considerable budget allotments, and the scientific group of investigators soon yielded astonishing results. They managed to discover several scientific facts that had been unknown before and to apply their knowledge of the process of polymerization and the principles of condensation in a practical way, which brought about the invention of nylon in 1938. The newly invented product, which was a real scientific breakthrough, underwent great commercialization, which transformed it into a popular commercial fiber. It entered many industrial areas and its effect was especially noticeable in the sphere of women`s hosiery production, where the market was formerly dominated by articles made of silk.
The nylon material possesses a number of specific characteristics, which can be further modified in order to make the final product perfect for a certain type of application. However, there are several qualities that nylon material invariably possesses, and they are the following: exceptional strength, elasticity, resistance to abrasion as well as to damage from a number of chemicals and oil, the capability of being dyed into various colors, resilience and low level of absorbency. Nylon material is also very easily washed, besides, it is also lustrous and depending on the manner of nylon yarn production (whether it is the spun type or the filament type), it can acquire specific characteristics like smoothness of surface or light weight.
Nylon material is presently used for a great number of purposes. Nylon products are multifarious as nylon material has efficiently penetrated into almost every sphere of human life and activity. To name just a few of nylon products, one should mention articles of apparel: dresses, lingerie, raincoats, swimwear, hosiery, cycle wear, underwear and others. As far as nylon underwear is concerned, an opinion has been voiced that in the event of being worn on a regular basis, it may produce a negative effect on skin. That is why, alternating cotton underwear with the nylon variety is considered to be the best, just to be on the safe side.
Other aspects of nylon material usage involve its application to household furnishings. It is a widely known fact that nylon is one of the most practical materials for carpet manufacturing, taking into consideration its ability to be washed easily. Bedspreads, upholstery, and curtains are also very often made of nylon as it is the material that is rather simple to maintain. Almost all nylon items are tolerant to being machine-washed as well as tumble dried, provided that the temperatures involved are low. In case if ironing is necessary, the iron is required to be warm rather than hot. In general, when washing or ironing nylon products it is better to refer to the care instructions given on the special item care label.