What is PUL?

ProSoft® Waterproof 1 mil PUL Elephant Toss Original

You say P-U-L I say PUL. But let’s face it, both are easier to say than than polyurethane laminated fabric!

What is PUL made of?

The most common type of PUL is a polyester knit fabric with a very thin waterproof film bonded to it. It is lightweight (ours is approx 155gsm), supple and easy to work with. And despite being waterproof it remains breathable.

What’s the difference between 1mil PUL or 2mil PUL?

The “mil” is the thickness of the waterproof film that is bonded to the fabric. The difference in thickness between 1 mil and 2 mil is imperceptible to touch. 1mil is one thousandth of an inch (.001 inch)!

1mil is perfectly waterproof and is suitable for most uses. 2 mil can be used in very wet environments but is slightly less breathable.

Can PUL go in the washing machine?

Our PUL can go through the washing machine up to 300 times and still retain stay waterproof. It can be washed up to 60C.

Can PUL go in the tumble dryer?

PUL can be tumble-dried on warm.

Is PUL Food safe?

We sell the world’s only Food safe PUL that has been tested as being safe for being in direct contact with food. It’s brilliant for making sandwich bags, lining lunch bags etc.

How do you sew PUL?

Sewing with PUL is much easier when using a walking foot (especially if it is teflon coated). For best results use a ballpoint needle. Once you have finished your item put it in the tumble dryer on low for 20 mins and the heat will seal the needle holes.

What is a hidden PUL layer?

A hidden PUL layer is a technique that sews a layer of PUL between two other layers of fabric to make something leakproof. You see this a lot in reusable personal hygiene products such as cloth sanitary pads and incontinence pads.

Is PUL environmentally friendly?

Yes! Items made with PUL can be washed and re-used over 300 times before needing to be replaced.

Also our ProSoft PUL and our ProSoft Food Safe PUL is CPSIA certified, meeting stringent standards by the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission on lead and phthalates. And is is manufactured with no harmful chemicals or finishes in controlled conditions in American textile mills.

2 thoughts on “What is PUL?

  1. Kathryn Osborne says:

    Please consider stocking more PUL designs because it’s so hard to find UK stockists on line. I’m making nappies for my grandson & have ordered some PUL from you but would love more of a choice. I’m sure you’d do well because a quick on line search brings up lots of people who feel as I do. We can order a wonderful range of ‘baby’ PUL fabrics from the States but time restraints & the cost of shipping rule that out.
    Just thought you might like to know.

    • CuddlePlush says:

      Thanks Kathryn. We’re adding new lines all the time and are always on the look put for nice new baby designs. We’ve recently teamed up with Beau Fab in Canada who supply one of the other big PUL brands in the US and will keep looking to stock Babyville Boutique too.

      Agree with the costs of shipping and VAT/duties too! It does make it more expensive than we would all like but just about all PUL is made in North America or China so has to be imported.

      Thanks again for your message.

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