The impressive reasons performance fabrics are invaluable to the contract market

  • October 12th, 2022

When so much depends on authentication in the contract furnishings industry, any claims made by furnishing fabrics suppliers need to be backed up with hard facts.

Here's what you need to know.

What is High-Performance Upholstery?

Performance fabrics, which are used in everything from high-end furniture to bedding and rugs, are designed to be sturdy and easy to care for.

They're often made with synthetic materials such as polyester and nylon, but they can also include natural fibres like cotton or linen. Whether you're shopping for a new sofa or looking to update your bedroom linens, there are plenty of reasons why performance fabrics might be right for you.

If you have a sofa or chair that needs to withstand heavy use, especially in high-traffic areas such as your living room or family room, performance fabrics can be a great option. Performance upholstery is made to last longer than conventional upholstery and is constructed with heavy-duty materials. It’s also used in the hospitality industry as sofas and chairs at hotels, restaurants, and other locations where customers may sit for long periods of time.

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Performance fabrics can also be highly stain-resistant because they have been treated with advanced technology that deters liquids from penetrating into the fabric’s fibres. This means that if something like salsa spills on your sofa cushion during dinner with friends (or wine), you won't have to worry about stains permanently ruining your furniture's appearance!

FibreGuard upholstery and drapery is here to make your life as easy as possible. Designed to limit your daily interactions with cleaning products as much as we can! From ketchup and red wine stains to coffee and ballpoint pen stains, FibreGuard fabrics are simply easy to clean.

Types of Performance Fabrics

Performance fabrics are made from a range of fibres, and even blends of natural and synthetic fibres. There are many types of performance fabrics, but they all have one thing in common: they have a high level of durability.

Performance fabric includes polyester and nylon as well as other synthetic fibres.

Some performance fabrics can be more durable than others, so it's important to know how the fabric will be used before buying it. For example, if you're looking for upholstery fabric that can withstand heavy traffic without fraying or tearing, then you should probably avoid fabrics with an extremely high volume of natural fibres, because this type of material doesn't hold up well under prolonged stress.

Where to Use Performance Fabric

Performance fabrics can be used in a variety of applications. They are great for high-traffic areas, like your living room, family room and other areas you use every day, and are even great for environments with kids and pets.

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Wherever they’re placed, performance fabric sofas should be cleaned regularly to keep them looking their best. It’s important to test an inconspicuous area first before using any cleaning product on your sofa; some may cause discoloration or fading over time if used incorrectly (for instance, spray cleaners may bleed).

Unlike other performance fabric brands, all accidental stains can be removed using only water on FibreGuard’s fabrics. Keep in mind that immediate stain removal will ensure the best result.

High performance fabric sofa materials

Performance fabrics are made from a variety of materials, including polyester, nylon, olefin, and acrylic. These fabrics are designed to be more durable than regular upholstery fabrics and withstand stains and spills.

They’re ideal for high-traffic areas like the family room or living room where kids sometimes have accidents on the sofa.

Looking at olefin: FibreGuard Outdoor's fabrics have been designed using the latest, cutting-edge technologies to create a solution-dyed polyolefin yarn specifically developed for outside use. This 'solution-dyed' process is crucial in this context because it enables colour to be securely locked into the fabric.

The result? Colour fast and highly durable surface. And because these fabrics are specially engineered for outdoor use, they will repel water and dirt as well as prove resistant to mould, mildew and bad odours.

What does this mean for you? That you can get on with enjoying the great outdoors without having to worry about any nasties lurking in your furniture! Read more about innovations in outdoor furnishing fabrics.

High performance furnishing fabrics are often washable at high temperatures

Many performance furnishing fabrics, such as FR-One’s Inherently Fire-Retardant Fabrics, are washable at 71° Celsius /160° Fahrenheit, a hot wash temperature cited as the American Hospital Washing Standard (AATCC-TM96).

A performance fabric needs to maintain dimensional stability after washing: the colour also needs to stay vividly bright, wash after wash. Therefore it’s recommended that furnishing fabrics are tested mechanically according to the ISO 105-C06 standard.

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Performance fabrics first became popular in the hospitality industry.

We have all seen this trend take off in the hospitality industry. From hotels to restaurants and other public spaces, performance fabrics are becoming a popular choice for anyone who wants to make their space more durable or comfortable. They're also a great choice for office chairs or any other commercial setting. But did you know that they can be used in residential spaces as well?

The versatility of performance fabrics makes them a versatile choice for many environments, including your kitchen area!

Hides spills and stains easily and comes in a lot of fun colours.

Performance fabrics are extremely easy to clean, and they hide spills and stains. They come in a lot of fun colours that are sure to delight children and adults alike. Performance fabrics are durable, easy to maintain, and very soft on the skin. They're perfect for everyday use because they can be taken care of easily at home or while traveling abroad—and they don't require dry cleaning like many other fabrics do!


If you’re looking to get your home redecorated and want to be sure that the fabric you choose will stand up to everyday use, consider performance fabrics. They’re strong enough for even the toughest jobs, but still soft enough for comfort. They also come in a wide variety of colours and patterns so you can find exactly what fits best with your decorating style. Performance fabrics are perfect for any room in your house!