Polyester fabrics and fibers are incredibly strong, durable and resistant to most chemicals. They also resist wrinkles, shrinking, abrasion and mildew. This material is also hydrophobic in nature, which means it dries quickly.
Compared to cotton, polyester withstands wear and tear longer and retains its shape even in harsh climates. It is easy to wash and dry, and it is also typically more affordable than cotton. Manufacturers of outdoor clothing prefer to use polyester because of its durability. Due to its exceptional strength, polyester is also used for making ropes. One of the earliest applications of this material was in making polyester suits, and it became a favorite fabric for apparel because it is very easy to care for and generally machine washable. The fabric also retains its color and shape well over time, and it is easy to dye.
Although polyester does not absorb moisture, the material absorbs oil, which makes it an ideal fabric for the application of finishes that are resistant to fire, soil and water. It naturally resists stains due to its low absorbency. In the finishing process, polyester clothing is sometimes preshrunk so that the fabric does not stretch out of shape after repeated use. Textured polyester fibers have a nonallergenic insulating quality, and they are used for outerwear, quilting, sleeping bags and filling pillows. Today, polyester is used in a variety of products, such as clothing, industrial fabrics, electrical insulation, recording tapes and home furnishings.