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The unique structure of PVA (Polyvinyl Alcohol) foams provides numerous benefits when absorbency, durability and cleaning ability are required in your products.
Unlike polyurethane foam or cellulose sponges where the cells are individual, PVA foam has an open-cell structure. This allows moisture to pass from cell to cell, producing a higher level of absorbency. While it becomes extremely flexible when wet, creating super soft, non-linting and non-abrasive products, PVA is incredibly durable and hard-wearing. It can last up to six times longer than non-PVA sponge products.
- Medical applications – including specialist medical wound treatment products
- Cosmetic industries – including sponges for exfoliating and make-up removal
- Cleaning accessories – household sponges, mops and bathroom wipes
- Automotive industries – including car cleaning and wax applicator sponges
What We Offer
As it is such a unique type of foam, PVA requires different handling and processing than the more widely used PU and PE foams, which is where Technical Foam Services’ vast experience in converting and manufacturing foam goods comes to the fore.
With a wealth of experience handling PVA foams, we have the technical capacity and know-how to offer our customers a truly broad amount of choice. Our PVA foams can be supplied in a variety of colours, shapes, and pore sizes to suit each specific application, including for use in highly specialised fields.
Technical Foam Services is the trusted supplier of numerous clients in the medical sector, where our products are used in sophisticated PVA wound dressings.
When damp, PVA foams are soft, flexible and highly absorbent, drawing off moisture and bacteria. On drying, however, they become rigid; allowing for easy removal of the dressings and providing an optimum healing environment.
As an established supplier to medical companies, we have all the necessary protocols in place to produce highly specialised products. We are also able to provide gamma sterilisation and deliver our medical PVA foams in sealed packaging where required to customers in the UK, Europe and beyond.
Why choose us?
High-quality, high-tech solutions with no-nonsense guidance, competitive pricing and 100% customer satisfaction.
Foam design and development
We’re not just manufacturers – we offer support and guidance with bespoke foam design and development.
Expertise in foam materials
We have an outstanding reputation in the field of specialist foam and can recommend the right solutions to meet your needs.
What is PVA foam?
PVA foam is synthetic and made from Polyvinyl Alcohol. It is open-celled, hydrophilic and highly absorbent, meaning that it can hold up to 12 times its original weight in water. As well as domestic uses, such as household cleaning and beauty products, PVA foam is commonly used for specialised medical applications.
What are the key benefits of PVA foams?
The versatility of PVA foams is one of the reasons it is a popular material for so many different uses. With a wide range of pore sizes and colours available, there are types of PVA foam to fulfil a diverse range of domestic or specialist projects. Key properties include durability and resistance to both abrasion and chemicals. PVA foams are also colourfast and UV resistant.
Are PVA foams reusable?
PVA foams are machine washable up to 70 Celsius (158 Fahrenheit) without deformation, giving the material a long life. They are also reusable, making them an extremely cost effective material.
If you do decide to replace PVA foam, it is also biodegradable, minimising the material’s environmental impact.