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Mercerized cotton – for shine and stability

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Mercerized cotton –
for shine and stability
Mercerized cotton –
for shine and stability

Mercerization – a finishing process

Cotton has a slight shine in its natural form. This is due to the cell sap present in cotton, although this dries out after harvesting. When processed into a piece of clothing, the material is matte and develops small bits of fluff with repeated use. The finishing process called mercerization (also known as mercerisation) is used to prevent this.

Our Business Light socks, Funky Socks and knee socks contain a significant proportion of mercerized cotton – also known as “Fil d’Ecosse”.

Why mercerize?

 

Fleet-footed and elegant

From classically muted to cheerful modern colors, Business Light socks are some of our customers' favorites. The silky, shiny surface is elegant and feels soft against the skin. If you are looking for mercerized cotton socks, then Business Light socks are the perfect find.

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Wonderful
10/10/2018
Patrick R.
cheserex
Great fit and air flow
18/07/2018
Ed K.
Winston-Salem
Will definitely buy again!
24/06/2018
Kim M.
MiltonKeynes
gute Qualität
08/01/2018
Rémy B.
Lentigny
Just great!
05/12/2017
Dominic D.
Holzkirchen
Could not be happier
24/10/2017
Barry Z.
Los Altos
Could not be happier.
24/10/2017
Barry Z.
Los Altos
Great, light business socks. Thin but of high quality.
11/07/2017
Dennis M.
Brugg
High quality
21/05/2017
Mark K.
Anaheim

Less weight – better properties

Mercerization involves exposing cotton to sodium hydroxide. This causes the fibers to swell, and their cross-section changes from kidney-shaped to round. The cotton also loses up to 25% of its length. Mercerization is therefore an expensive chemical procedure.

However, this finishing process has numerous benefits. The changed structure gives the cotton a silky, wash-resistant shine. Color fastness is significantly increased and the yarn is left stronger.

As well as making the fabric more stable, mercerization also protects it from shrinking. We use mercerized cotton, ensuring better socks for you. Socks made of «Fil d'Écosse».

 

Colorful mercerized cotton

Mercerization allows us to offers socks in a variety of different patterns, as this is where color comes into its own. Are you brave enough to add a stylish touch? Then take a look at our Funky Socks collections.

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Who invented it?

For once, it wasn’t anyone Swiss. When filtering sodium hydroxide through a cotton cloth, Englishman John Mercer noticed that the cloth swelled and ultimately demonstrated different properties.

John Mercer was the son of a hand-loom weaver and began helping out with the work at an early age. Although he never went to school, he learned to read and then taught himself about chemistry through self-study. He immediately began to investigate textile dyes, and patented the procedure named after him in England and the USA in 1851.

 

Mercerized knee socks

Our knee socks go perfectly with all formal dress codes. Mercerization leaves them stable and shiny.

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Perfect for formal events
11/07/2018
William P.
Taguig City
Perfect for formal events
11/07/2018
William P.
Taguig City
Perfect for formal events
11/07/2018
William P.
Taguig City
Just great value for money
07/06/2018
Virachon N.
Mortsel
great socks!
20/03/2018
Maurice C.
Sydney
great product, fast delivery
27/02/2018
Darko B.
Orehova vas
Good for winter
17/11/2017
Kelvin T.
Tsing Yi
Love the socks and the speedy, excellent service.
17/05/2017
Michael B.
Osaka
Very pleased with the order of socks
29/04/2017
Mark L.
Brooklyn

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Pima cotton

Have you heard of Pima cotton? As well as using it for our socks, we also use Pima cotton for our T-shirts and underwear because it has an exceptionally soft feel.

More about Pima cotton

 

Care tips for socks

Our socks are subjected to rubbing in shoes and changing temperatures every day. Washing should not be another cause of stress. Increase your socks’ shelf life with these simple tips.

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