What Fabrics To Choose For Your Soft Goods & Why It Matters
This 2020, one of our goals is to spread our knowledge in the areas that we specialize in. Since textiles are the material used in most of the products that we offer, we wanted to focus on quality, durability, and safety.
In the Hospitality Industry, we know that long-lasting is the name of the game for every furniture piece and material in the Guest Room. By using the Industry Standards will give you an excellent basis on reducing costs like replacing furniture pieces or having damaged parts.
As Soft Goods experts, we want to share what we discuss with every client. Performance Fabrics is an industry term that focuses on the cleanliness and withstands the wear and tear of everyday life. It's essential to make sure that the fabric is suitable for a commercial environment.
Here Is your guide to choose the right fabric for each item:
The fabrics for upholstery require to follow many performance guidelines due to the constant use that this receives. High abrasion is a characteristic that we need, this is well-known by the double rubs count. In commercial use, we use a minimum of 30,000 double rubs (DR), but we recommend 50,000 or higher. Most designers think that the higher, the better, but after 100,000 DR, it isn't much of a difference.
Other guidelines to consider are stain repellant to make it easy to clean, high colorfastness to prevent color transfer.
In Commercial Buildings, draperies need to pass a Flammability Test that varies by the state's code. FR treatment (Fire Resistance) allows the fabric to retardate the fire onto spreading towards other materials.
Blackout drapery needs to "blackout light" from coming into the room. The goal is to give the guest complete privacy to the guest. Also, to be able to select the right fabric, it's essential to know that most hotels don't wash their draperies. Because of this, we must use a stain repellent treatment. Here is a great resource that provides the 5 steps to cover all if not the most incoming light as possible.
Since Coverlets or Duvet Covers are white most of the time, and it's continuously washed. The fabric that we choose for this end-use needs to be synthetic, bleachable, or stain repellent.
Decorative and optional, so this item is usually a bold pattern and color accent. Its purpose is to protect the Coverlet/Duvet from guests' luggage and shoes. So a high-performance fabric that is easy to clean is imperative.
Since a Bed skirt or a Bed hugger is a vertical item, this also needs to pass the FR code of the state. The fabric needs to be similar to an upholstery item as well since it wraps the box spring, so we have to keep those characteristics as well. (30-50,000 double rubs, stain repellent, etc)
The fabric for Accent Pillows doesn't get washed as often or at all, so having durable and synthetic fabrics is very important. This previous blog posts talks about the different options you have for the fill/insert for an accent pillow.
Now selecting the fabric for your furniture piece or decorative item should be easy for you. It is essential to keep in mind the functionality as well as the aesthetic. At Hotel Drapery and Bedding, we are passionate about providing quality products, which always starts with the fabric. If you have a fabric that doesn't meet the requisites that we describe, let us know, we might be able to find something that will, and it'll give you a look that you are looking for.