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New Innovations in Commercial Upholstery

   
 
As any restaurant or store owner knows, the upholstery in high-traffic retail and culinary locations needs to be extremely durable. From spills in restaurants to the general wear and tear of upholstery in all high traffic retail areas, if extremely delicate or high-maintenance fabrics are used, there will be a tremendous amount of upkeep involved in keeping the space looking appropriately manicured.

Of course, because the focus in a retail location or in a restaurant is on getting a client or customer to spend money, appearance is tied directly to their success. Ripped or stained fabrics will have a negative impact on an individual’s perception of a business, and therefore will result in a decrease in sales.

Luckily, the textile industry has long been focused on creating new materials that are both pleasing to the eye and extremely durable. These high-tech textiles, as they are called, are engineered to be resistant to odor, heat, wrinkle, water, and UV rays. They are accomplished through a combination of newly created fibers, innovative weaving techniques, and new chemical treatments.

What specific needs do high tech textiles address? As discussed, the number one thing that high tech textiles are engineered to handle a is great deal of traffic. Because so many people use it in short periods of time, commercial public seating requires upholstery that has increased abrasion resistance. In this area, it’s particularly important that fabrics be rip resistant while also being stain resistant. But how is this achieved?

Nanotechnology. Though this buzzword is thrown around a lot, many people don’t actually know what it means. A nanometer is measurement that refers to one-billionth of a meter. A nanometer is so small that it’s one hundred thousand times smaller than a follicle of hair. Nanotechnology is technology that works to manipulate the molecular structure of a substance on the nanometer level. The use of nanotechnology in fabric is what has lead to breakthroughs in increasing abrasion resistance, stain resistance, and tear resistance in textiles. Specifically, nanotechnology is used to create nanoparticle-sized polymers of fluorocarbon and silicone, which are attached to fibers during manufacturing. This is more effective than a chemical coating treatment because it is actually embedded in the structure of a fabric. However, advances in stain resistant finishes created with nanotechnology have also increased the durability of fabrics as of late.

Also regarding fibers is the practice of using microfibers and ultrafine fibers. Microfibers are synthetic fibers that are manufactured to be one hundred times thinner than a strand of human hair. Microfibers can be made of polyamide, nylon, acrylic, rayon, and polyester. Ultrafine fibers, meanwhile, are even ten times finer than microfibers. The benefit to ultrafine fibers and microfibers is that when they are woven into the structure of a fabric, they become compact structures. This quality results in a fabric that is waterproof or water-repellant while also being stain resistant.
 
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