5 unknown Fabric Facts you must know before starting your Home Fitout

Making the right choice about the type of fabrics to use in a commercial fitout is so important.

What to put on restaurant banquette seating or dining chairs, on healthcare chairs, hospitality sofas, or office seating can make a heap of difference to your bottom line.

Upholstery on commercial furniture is a significant cost in a fitout.

The thought of having to repair and replace torn or stained fabric is expensive and disruptive.

Here’s a quick rundown on which are the best choices to make.

Leather:

  • High resistance to puncturing, tearing and fatigue.
  • Resists fire and flame.
  • Resistant to mildew and rot.
  • Highly durable
  • A natural material that breathes and is not sticky in hot weather.
  • Improves with age
  • A degree of wastage because of the shape and size of a hide
  • Fairly expensive

Roll fabric red leather

Vinyl:

  • There are various types, so go for a good quality commercial vinyl
  • High resistance to puncturing, tearing and fatigue.
  • Many types are resistant to mildew and rot
  • Highly durable
  • Doesn’t breathe like leather and is inclined to stick or cling slightly in hot, humid conditions
  • No wastage
  • Economical price point

Crypton:

  • A synthetic fibre
  • Has high moisture barrier technology and superior performance
  • High resistance to fatigue, tearing and abrasion
  • High level of protection from stains, odors, moisture, and mildew.
  • Offers longevity and economy
  • Average price point

Olefin:

  • A synthetic fibre
  • Resistant to stains, sunlight and mildew
  • Resists some moisture and dries quickly
  • Copes well in high traffic use
  • Heat sensitive can melt
  • Average price point

Wool:

  • A natural material
  • Excellent colorfast properties
  • Highly durable
  • Great Longevity
  • Easy Care – soiling sits on the surface, allowing time for the fabric to be blotted or vacuumed
  • Generates very little static
  • Flame retardant. Does not melt or emit fumes

So, here’s where to use them at their best: 

Restaruant Dining Seating:

  • Leather
  • Vinyl
  • Crypton
  • Olefin

Restaurant & Hospitality Casual Seating:

  • Leather
  • Vinyl
  • Wool

Healthcare: 

  • Crypton
  • Olefin
  • Leather
  • Vinyl

Office Task and Casual Seating:

  • Leather
  • Vinyl
  • Wool
  • Olefin

Keep your upholstery looking good and make it last with these reliable choices.

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