At Duresta we use natural fibre, synthetic fibre and combinations of both in the fabrics that we use. In general, fabrics with high natural fibre content are softer and have a better drape than man-made fibre. Softer fabrics with little inherent stretch and recovery in them tend to look creased and follow the contours of the cushions and furniture to a higher degree than stiffer fabrics. Some fabrics have a back coating applied to comply with fire regulations, which can also make the fabric stiffer. Please note that different fabrics on the same interiors will alter how the furniture feels when you sit on them. Natural fibres also tend to have more knots, slubs and irregularities which are sometimes mistakenly identified as flaws.
Pilling or bobbling
Short and loose fibres which are woven into fabric during production are present in many new fabrics and can cause fabrics to pill. This results in small tufts of fibres appearing on the top surface of the fabric. These can easily be removed using a de-pilling device. The initial pilling of new fabrics is not detrimental to the durability of the furniture.
Dralons are generally a hard wearing durable fabric. To meet current fire regulations and to increase durability, many dralons now have a back coating of flame retardant chemicals. This backing can cause the fabrics to stiffen and crease. Creasing is a characteristic of modern dralons and should not be considered a fault, as it is not detrimental to the performance of the fabric.
There are generally two types of woven pile fabrics – velvet and velveteen. For velvet construction – the pile is shorter, less dense and therefore more secure, whereas Velveteen fabrics have a higher pile, with a denser fibre count. Both fabrics are durable to abrasion; however pile can be pulled from velveteen fabrics easier than velvets. Pile fabrics can become crushed and flattened over time, which can give the impression of uneven wear. Crushed pile can be easily restored by brushing, cleaning and steaming from a professional upholstery cleaner. Pile crushing is not a fault but an inevitable characteristic of the fabric construction.
Heat and sunlight
Avoid leaving furniture in direct sunlight, as this can cause fabrics and leather to fade in a short period of time. Prolonged exposure to sunlight (such as a conservatory) can also cause certain fibre types to break down and become weak. Care should be taken to protect the upholstery and to avoid damage. Avoid leaving your upholstery too close to fires or radiators, as significant changes in temperature can cause materials in the furniture to expand and contract causing premature wear and tear.
Wear and tear
Certain fabrics with typical long weaving stitches are vulnerable to snagging by sharp objects, such as, buckles, studs, rings, children’s toys and even pets. Consideration of weight placed on your furniture and uneven distribution of weight can result in excess load being applied to the frames and spring units. Over time, this can change how the furniture feels to sit on. In general, Duresta furniture is designed to support 100kg for each seat.