The characteristics shown below apply to the fiber used alone (100% acrylic, for example), not to blends of different fibers. If you choose a blend such as 60% polyester and 40% rayon, the fabric may not behave more like polyester than rayon. Its performance depends on the way the yarn is spun, the way the fabric is made and finished, and many other factors. Ultimately, the fabric's duty rating - usually available from the manufacturer - that tells you what you need to know, and provides some recourse if the fabric fails to live up to your expectations.
All fabrics will fade to some degree in sunlight. Whites may yellow. Excessive exposure to sunlight can contribute to premature failure of fabrics.
(Find information on high performance fabrics below.)
What is Crypton?
Is Crypton a surface treatment?
What's the best way to clean Crypton?
Is Crypton a Moisture Barrier & why is that
For what applications are Crypton fabrics best
Simulated Suedes or Microfiber Fabrics
One of the most popular fabric types in demand right now is the simulated suede fabric. These fabrics vary from brand to brand in nap, durability and cleanability, but it is easy to find a reasonably-priced and durable simulated suede fabric that is also soft to provide a feeling of warmth in the home environment. This type of fabric looks particularly nice on sectionals or any modern furniture. Also looks great if you use a contrasting color on the welting cord.
Now you have a new choice when it comes to leather! Using simulated leathers can be more affordable because it can be purchased by the yard instead of by the hide. Also, it does not need to be oiled nor does it require any other maintenance. It is breathable, supple to the touch, and looks just like real leather. It also wears better that real leather and can be cleaned with soap & water, or even 409! Great for antique chairs, dining room chairs or any furniture used with kids or pets ....and it looks classy. This ain't your mother's Naugahyde!