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8 How to choose perfect synthetic textiles for your dream interiors?

Synthetic fabrics are made from chemicals. The commonly used man-made fabrics are nylon, rayon, polyester, spandex, acrylic, olefin and acetate. They are more durable than natural fabrics such as cotton, linen, wool and silk. They are widely used in upholstery and window dressing treatment.



Nylon

Nylon is a polymer. It has excellent strength, abrasion resistance and elastic recovery, which is the most cost-effective fabric. It comes in a wide variety of stretch fabrics. It is commonly used in carpets.


Pros:

  • Durability. Nylon sheets are very durable as it is wrinkle-free.

  • Stretch and elasticity

  • Abrasion resistance

  • Heat and water resistance

  • Static resistance

  • Soft to touch. Nylon bedding is very soft, keeping you warm and comfortable during cold weather.

  • Easy maintenance. Any liquid or oily spill can be easily removed with a quick washing.

Cons:

  • Pricey. It sits at a higher price compared with other synthetic fabrics.

  • Pollution. Nylon pollutes the air heavily, so it is not an eco-friendly fabric.

  • Low burning and melting point.


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Polyester

Polyester is made from polyester yarns or fibres that are derived from petroleum.


Pros:

  • Heat resistance and thermoplasticity

  • Light resistance

  • Chemical resistance

  • Water absorbency

  • High strength and elastic recovery

  • Easy maintenance

Cons:

  • Susceptible to pilling

  • Susceptible to get the stain

  • Not very eco-friendly

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Rayon

Rayon is made from wood chip fibres, which is very cheap.


Pros:

  • Durable

  • Cheap

  • Comfortable

  • Versatile

  • Drape well

  • Easy to dye

  • Highly absorbent

Cons:

  • Wrinkly easily

  • Scratch easily

  • Not eco-friendly

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Olefin

Olefin is a petroleum-based synthetic fabric. It looks like wool.


Pros:

  • Highly durable

  • Resistant to wet conditions

Cons:

  • Vulnerable to heat, light and oil

  • Very limited variety

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Acrylic

Acrylic imitates wool.


Pros:

  • Excellent choice for outdoor furniture

  • Heat and water resistance

Cons:

  • Hard to clean

  • flammable

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Acetate

Acetate is a synthetic fabric, imitating silk,


Pros:

  • Resistant to humidity

  • Resistant to wrinkle

  • Cheap

Cons:

  • Susceptible to stain and scratch

  • Not a good choice of daily use.





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