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[DuPont] A registered trademark for a spunbonded olefin fabric. Tyvek is 100% high density polyethylene with no fillers or binders. It has fine, white, continuous filaments that are bonded by heat and pressure. Tyvek is chemically stable, lightweight, durable, strong, lint-free, and acid-free. The fabric is resistant to wetting, but it allows transmission of moisture and vapors. It is widely used as a wear resistant, tear resistant, waterproof paper for banners, maps, and envelopes. Applications also include filtration, packaging, bookcovers, interleaving, clean room clothing, protective garments, and carpet backing. Tyvek is commonly seen as a protective barrier in new housing construction. In museums, the high-strength wrapping material is used a soft, lint-free, waterproof liner in packing crates and display cases. It is available in stiff (Type 10), soft (Type 14) and perforated (Type 16) forms.


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Synonyms and Related Terms

Tyvek@; Tyvek Hardwrap; Tyvek Softwrap; Crate liner

Other Properties

Shrinks at 118 C. Resistant to acids, alkalis and most organic solvents.

Degraded by Freon, pine oil, turpentine oil, dichloromethane, mineral spirits, ligroin, kerosene, toluene.

Waterproof, acid-free, lint-free, resistant to mold, mildew and insects.

Melting Point 135
Tyvek disposable articles

Hazards and Safety

Chemically stable.

Additional Information

DuPont: Tyvek Website

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • Preparation, Art Handling, Collections Care Information Network (PACCIN)
  • Rosalie Rosso King, Rosalie Rosso King, Textile Identification, Conservation, and Preservation, Noyes Publications, Park Ridge, NJ, 1985
  • Book and Paper Group, Book and Paper Group, Paper Conservation Catalog, AIC, 1984, 1989
  • Pam Hatchfield, Pam Hatchfield, Pollutants in the Museum Environment, Archetype Press, London, 2002
  • Meredith Montague, Meredith Montague, contributed information, 1998

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