Understanding the benefits of Backing and Top Material

Backing is usually made of cotton or polyester fabric, which helps absorb moisture and liquids like grease or cooking oil. Top materials provide protection against stains by absorbing liquid before it reaches the surface of the fabric. Some people call this “wicking.” These two components are important for any food service worker who wants to stay protected on the job.

Back materials help keep workers safe from burns, spills, etc. They also protect clothing such as men’s and women’s chef coats and shirts from all kinds of damage that can happen in a busy kitchen environment. A good example of these types of fabrics would be Teflon backed ones. These have great resistance capabilities against staining as well as being tough enough to hold up through hot spills and even fires.

Tops provide a layer of protection over back materials. These keep the clothing fresh and clean, while also helping to absorb sweat from kitchen workers during high-pressure situations like catering events or large holiday rushes. They also help prevent stains that would otherwise happen when dealing with things like tomato sauce or red wine spills in food prep areas.

Some great tops include:

Poly/cotton blends (such as 65% cotton and 35% polyester) which are well known for their longevity and ability to be washed again and again without wearing out quickly.
Acrylic fabrics such as 70% acrylic 30% nylon which have become much more popular recently because they wick away moisture so effectively, yet still allow skin to be fresh and clean from the heat of the kitchen even after long hours at work.
Poly/spandex blends (such as 75% polyester and 25% spandex) which are an excellent choice for warm weather uniforms because they wick away moisture so well, keeping staff cool and comfortable.