What is a Vellux Blanket?

A vellux blanket is a type of blanket that is made from a synthetic material called vellux. Vellux is a trademarked material that was developed in the 1950s by DuPont. It is a foam-like material that has a high insulating value, meaning that it can help to keep you warm in cold weather. Vellux blankets are often used in hotels and hospitals because they are easy to care for and they last a long time. They are also popular with people who have allergies, as they are not made from wool or other natural fibers.

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While it is not the lowest priced blanket, most properties find it has the lowest cost per use. The Vellux Blanket is manufactured using a polyurethane foam insulating base, providing outstanding warmth without heavy weight.  Then a reinforcing scrim, or webbing layer, is bonded in between two layers of the polyurethane foam.  A colored adhesive is then added, which provides the blanket with a base color.  Adhering to this adhesive are millions of tiny nylon fibers, which pass through an electrostatic field, making them stand on end and drives them vertically into the blanket.  Because the fibers are very small in diameter, the blanket is very soft and pliable.

The biggest benefit of the Vellux Blanket is it is extremely long life.  Due to the construction method, it can be machine washed over and over without pilling, shrinking, or melting – common problems with acrylic blankets.  Additionally, the Vellux Blankets are hypo-allergenic due to its non-pilling nature.  The Vellux Blanket features a 1 inch two needle self hem, so it does not offer a stitched or bound option.

Source: International Society of Hospitality Purchasers (ISHP)

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