Because PTFE is relatively insoluble and has a very high melting point, PTFE fibers can not be fashioned from conventional melt or solution spinning. Instead they are made by combining particles of PTFE with cellulose, forming fibers of the cellulose and then sintering the PTFE particles (and charring the cellulose). The remnant char gives the fiber a brown color. It can be bleached white, although this reduces the strength.
- Fluoroplastics: Vol. 2: Melt Processible Fluoropolymers, Sina Ebnesajjad, 2003, p.537
- Handbook of Nonwoven Filter Media, Irwin M. M. Hutten, 2007, p.158
- Fluoroplastics, Volume 1: Non-Melt Processible Fluoroplastics, Sina Ebnesajjad, 2000, p.194