Performance fabrics have had the biggest growth in the last couple of years. The word is out and people are educating themselves. People are living more casually and they want it worry free. They want sustainability, cleanability and fade-resistance. Performance fabrics continue to evolve with color, pattern and texture. Eco-friendly and chemical safety is important but the details can be murky. For instance, there are performance fibers and there are performance finishes. What’s the difference? Longevity and chemicals. A chair in a living room only used a couple times a year might be fine with just a performance finish. A recliner in the family room would be best covered in a performance fiber that has also been tested to 100,000 double rubs.
Revolution Performance Fabrics, a well-known provider of performance fabrics in the USA, had this to say:
Performance starts with yarn. Not a chemical bath.
Revolution fabrics are made from olefin that has no stain treatment to wear off. It does not bead liquid but it doesn’t absorb much either. It is extremely cleanable. Revolution claims they have not found anything that can’t be cleaned from it, even permanent magic marker. It can be cleaned with any household cleaner.