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Common stain resistant fabric brands for home interiors

We all wish for longevity in our home interiors whether that be a beautiful piece of upholstered furniture or a delicate fabric accessory. Cost aside, there is nothing more frustrating than a tough stain or accidental spill on your cherished interior furnishings.

Over the years we have seen various brands of fabric coatings for stain resistance and water repellency and as technology advances, the options are greater than ever before to protect and repel water, oil and other general household stains from fabric.

As a user, it can be confusing as to which product best fits your needs, as well as understanding how to maintain a fabric that contains any special finish.

Today we give you a high-level overview of the common stain and water repellent brands available in the market place.

FibreGuard

The inherent FibreGuard protection is the result of extensive research and testing by interior designers and textile engineers. The FibreGuard effect is permanent, with the special technology coating the yarn in the finishing process, meaning that the stain-free properties are inherent in the fabric. This means you can clean the fabric over and over without it washing away.  

FibreGuard Pro is an additional range of FibreGuard fabrics that have a unique finish, ensuring moisture is unable to pass through the fabric, stopping odour and the spread of germs. FibreGuard Pro is anti-microbial, moisture proof, mildew resistant and easy to clean – making it highly relevant for interiors such as hospitals, aged care facilities, hotels and restaurants. 

FibreGuard Pro fabrics are not only moisture-resistant, they are also durable and long lasting.  Fully washable to 30 degrees, the distinct fabric attributes are sustained during the wash process resulting in continued benefits for years to come.

FibreGuard fabrics are Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 certified, which means that the fabrics are produced in a way that is safe for the environment and humans and that no harmful chemicals or finishes are released into the environement. Read more on Oeko-Tex® here.

This global certification system assures manufacturers, sourcers, brands, retailers, and consumers around the world that certified products meet the strict limit values for harmful substances of Oeko-Tex® and that these substances are not present in critical concentrations. Oeko-Tex® originally tested for about 100 chemicals like pesticides, carcinogenic colourants and heavy metals but today Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 covers a wide array of several hundred harmful substances.

For example, Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 tests for banned azo dyes, carcinogenic and allergy-inducing colourants, pesticides for textiles made of natural fibres, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), tin organic compounds, chlorinated phenols, phthalates (softeners), PFOS, PFOA and surfactant wetting agent residues (APEOs) just to name a few.

Care Requirements 

Generally, most stains can be removed by applying water and dabbing with a clean cloth. Occasionally a little rub of a soap bar and addition of water will be needed to lift tougher stains. For full FibreGuard fabric cleaning tips read our articles here

 

Learn more about FibreGuard Fabrics:

Relax - FibreGuard’s got you covered

Easy to clean, FibreGuard is the solution

Introducing FibreGuard Pro

See our full FibreGuard range here

Teflon (Polytetrafluoroethylene)

Introduced in the 1950’s by Dr Roy Plunkett, Teflon is one of the oldest stain resistant finishes in the interior textile industry. An accidental invention, this polymer product by Dupont is used by more than 400 licensed mills to produce fabric with Teflon™ textile finishes. Teflon™ textile finishes surround the individual fibers with an invisible shield offering a soil repellent finish.

Teflon™ fabric protector is effective at repelling stains and successfully removes 95% of all water- and oil-based stains with 25 to 40% faster drying times than unfinished fabrics.

As well as this Teflon™ is committed to ensuring its products meet or exceed all regulatory standards. Teflon™ fabric protector is:

  • Not made using chemicals PFOA or PFOS for stain resistance
  • Compliant with EU Directive 2006/122 for PFOS
  • Meets U.S. EPA 2010/15 PFOA Stewardship Program
  • Listed on existing regulatory inventories including: U.S. TSCA, Europe EINECS, China, Korea, and Japan LVE

 

Care Requirements:

Any soiling will sit on the surface before soaking in, allowing you time to simply blot the stain away making it less likely to be permanent and easier to care for the fabric.

Clean Teflon fabrics according to the fibre content/the fabric’s standard care instructions and always use a clean white cloth ensuring you don’t push the stain into the fabric.

See our full Teflon range here

Crypton

Engineered on a molecular level , Crypton offers superior stain resistance in a wide variety of colours, resisting stains, beads liquids, and eliminates nasty smells and bacteria. 

Each fibre is encased by the specialist technology that can’t be washed out.  These fantastic characteristics are permanently bonded to the fibre achieving a highly durable and easy to clean fabric.

Crypton fabrics must pass through heavy duty testing before manufacture, passing minimum tests for heavy duty abrasion, strength, flammability, stain resistance, moisture barrier, resistance to microbial growth, cleanability, colourfastness and more. Cypton fabric meets the following criteria:

  • Crypton technology is third-party GREENGUARD Gold Certified, helping to create healthier, more sustainable indoor environments.
  • Crypton is free of potentially harmful levels of PFOS, PFOA, formaldehyde, heavy metals, phenols, phthalates, and odor and skin sensitizers.
  • Crypton has no halogenated flame retardants (e.g. PBDE).

 

Care Requirements:

Most liquids simply roll off of Crypton fabrics, or they can be quickly blotted off the surface with a dry towel or sponge. The spot cleaning method of stain removal can be used for most light to medium stains, such as coffee, red wine, crayon, and ketchup. Be careful to brush lightly since fibers can be broken or matted during the cleaning process.   For more detailed cleaning advice go to: https://www.crypton.com/support/cleaning-care/

Non-Branded Fabric Finishes

All other non-branded stain repellent fabric finishes will offer the benefits of keeping your soft furnishings looking clean and fresh.  Their application and cleaning methodologies will vary so we recommend that you find out the main aspects of their stain repellent finishes:

  • Does the stain repellent finish provide 360-degree protection, to the yarn level?
  • It’s the stain resistance long lasting for the life of the fabric?  Does it keep its efficiency?
  • Is it easy to clean?
  • Will the fabric be safe to use by the whole family, no nasty chemicals and smells?

It pays to check the care requirements and specifications of any fabric or upholstery item you are looking to purchase as this is an investment you intend to be lived on for a decade.

See our full Non-Branded range here

Today there are many different types of stain resistent fabrics on the market, we hope this overview of common stain and water repellent brands help in your next purchase decision. Compare your requirements to what each one has to offer and choose the right one for you.