Textiles are intrinsically suited for use as UV protection, as they offer particularly protection against intense radiation from the sun if suitable materials and constructions are used. UV protections factors (UPF) far above those the strongest sunscreens (sunblocks) can be achieved.

In order to provide consumers with a reliable UPF, the particular requirements to which a sun protective textile is subjected during use must be taken into consideration.Therefore the International Testing Association for Applied UV Protection, recommend measuring the UV protection factor according to the UV Standard 801 for all types of clothing and shading textiles.