You see the UPF symbol at the top of our fabric sample cards and you’ve wondered what this means. You probably didn’t know it means that our stretch fabrics are even smarter than they are appealing.
UPF stands for Ultraviolet Protection Factor and indicates how much of the sun’s UV radiation is absorbed. When a fabric has a rating of 35, this tells us that only 1/35th of the sun’s rays can pass through to your skin. Fabric has the ability to reduce significantly the amount of UV radiation that your skin receives.
In order for our fabrics to receive the Skin Cancer Foundation’s Seal of Recommendation, they must have a minimum UPF of 30. 30-49 are considered to offer very good sun protection. At Pine Crest Fabrics, our signature Spectrum matte tricot has a UPF of 45-50+, depending on color. At a UPF of 50, only 2% of the sun’s rays will penetrate your clothing. Now that’s smart spandex!