New vs. Reclaimed/Recycled Materials
New materials used for making rags/wipers are mostly mill end material. Mill end material is new material that may have knitting or weaving imperfections so that it will not be made into clothing or other marketable textile goods. This product is sold companies that will process it into rags/wiping cloths. We at Kamen wash and sanitize this material to make sure it is clean and absorbent making it a usable tool for your process.
Reclaimed/recycled rags/wipers are mostly cut up used clothing such as tee shirts, sweat shirts, bed linens etc. These products are simply cut up and then packaged for sale. They are not laundered or sanitized prior to packaging. Although more economical than mill ends some of these products are pretty nasty.
Washed vs. Unwashed New Material
If new, mill end material is not washed it will not be very absorbent, which in the life of a rag, is normally its job, to absorb. Many companies simply purchase the mill ends, cut them up and package them. This does save them money but they do not pass all that savings on to the consumer. Kamen washes and sanitizes all new mill end products so that when consumers use a rag processed by Kamen it will do its job by absorbing whatever you are using in your process.
Net Weight vs. Gross Weight Packaging
All of Kamen’s packaging clearly states the net weight of what is in the package. We want consumers’ to know they are getting exactly what they are paying for. Some companies are still using the old #5, #10, or #25 carton markings. This is somewhat misleading as this packaging is not 5lb, 10lb or 25lb cartons. It is a number 5 carton or number 10 carton; it has nothing to do with weight. Make sure when you are buying that the package clearly states the net weight so you can make a good consumer decision.
Usable Size Wipers
Kamen strives to put make sure each rag in each package is a usable size wiper. Our goal is to cut our rag to 17”X 17” to 20”X20”. Remember, rags are a scrap commodity and not a science, so this is a target. Some companies will salt in what is know as pattern cuts or scrape to add weight to the package. So, if the price per carton is cheaper but you only get 80% usable product there is no savings only loss.
Lint Free vs. Low Linting
Many companies will state on the packaging of cotton or cotton blend that the product is “Lint Free”. This is not a correct statement. Any material with cotton content will leave some particle residue, it’s cotton, a natural product, knitted or woven into material. Washing and sanitizing cotton material will remove much of the loose particles but not all. Kamen does this and all our cotton base material is very low linting, we never state that any of our cotton based products are lint free. If you truly need a “lint free” wiper, give a call, we have them.
100% Cotton vs. Blends
Many companies state on there packages 100% cotton. 95% of packaged cotton wipers are a cotton/poly blend, not 100% cotton. Kamen has 100% cotton material available but for most applications it would be overkill and not cost effective. 100% cotton wipers are mostly a specialty wiper used in special processes not in everyday clean, painting, staining etc. If you need 100% cotton, Kamen has it.
Kamen has a full line of specialty wipers for critical task and delicate processes: lint free, antistatic, 100% polyester, 100% rayon , 100% cotton twill, and many others. If you have a process that may call for a specialty wiper, call us, we can get you the right product for your job.