Thursday, March 11, 2010

Microfiber, Microsuede, Ultrasuede - What?!?

Ever find yourself nodding in agreement in conversation even though you have no idea what's going on? We're here to make sure that doesn't happen to you when talking about upholstery.

Microfiber is an synthetic fiber that is extremely fine and can be woven into textiles to enhance washability, breathability and water repellancy. Not necessarily eco-friendly, textiles tend to be flammable and emit toxic gases when burning. Made of polyester and nylon fabrics, microfibers are not biodegradable. However, on the plus side, fabrics are VERY easy to clean with a simple damp cloth.

Suede is a natural leather made from the underside of the skin, a lavishly soft material commonly used for clothing and delicate uses.

In the mid 20th century, production began on synthetic fabrics that resemble the soft, luxurious feel of suede but with the durability to make them useful as upholstery.

- Microsuede is a microfiber knit blend fabric with a soft finish, but easily distinguishable from actual suede leather - slightly rougher texture. Less durable than suede, but easy to clean.

- Ultrasuede is the trademarked version of Alcantara, a 100% polyester and resistant to stain, discoloration and fraying. Ultrasuede is flame resistant, super smooth, feels and looks more like real suede.

So there you go. Have yourself a conversation and sound like an expert!!

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