Coir has taken a huge place in our everyday life. Can we imagine a life without ropes, mats or mattresses these days? Talking about coir, let us first know what it is and why is it used to make some of our very useful household items.
Everyday Chemistry - Why is coir used to make ropes and mats?
Can we imagine a life without ropes, mats or mattresses? Coir is used in making doormats, ropes and several other useful items. So let's understand what it is and why is it used in these items.
What is Coir?
The word coir originates from the word, "kayaru" in Malayalam and it means to be twisted. It is a sturdy fibre and is 100 per cent natural product made from the outer husk of the coconut.
To process coir, coconut is spilt to access the fibre. The outer husk of the coconut is then soaked to separate the fibres. Depending on the type of product it is twisted and shaped accordingly. Then the coir is dyed for the desired colour. For example, to make a rope out of coir, the coir is simply twisted using the palms of both the hands.
Types of Coir
There are two types of coir, white coir and the brown coir. The white coir is extracted from young coconut. The white fibre is fine and hence is weaved into yarn to make mats, sacking, rope or twine. Brown coir is extracted from mature coconuts and hence it is more stiff and unyielding. It is generally used to prepare tough doormats or mattress.
Coconut husk is elastic, strong and durable and easy to clean! Also coir can be twisted as per our desire. Even when coir is dyed, it has a tendency of getting back to its natural shade when exposed to direct sunlight. Maintenance of coir is very easy and even when it gets dirty it doesn't show!
Coir is resistant to bacteria, moths and fungus. It also has an ability to spring back to the original shape even after constant use.
Cleaning the coir fabric is simple and easy. All you need to do is shake it a little or dust it against a sturdy wall. To make it effortless, you can simply run a vacuum cleaner over it.
With so many benefits and so little maintenance, coir is definitely the first choice when it comes to making ropes, mats, rugs or even mattresses.