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Why Parents and Pet Owners Need High Performance Fabric

Posted by Watson's on Jul 19, 2021 10:45:00 AM

Kid Proof furniture by RoweWhether it's a wine spill, a magic marker mistake or muddy paws, life gets messy. Can your sofa or sectional hold up?

The durability of your living room furniture will come down, in large part, to the materials and construction.

Not all fabric is created equal. There are different threads used and construction methods, which can affect everything from the color to the durability to the likelihood of mold and mildew. 

Choosing furniture made with high performance fabric is one of the best ways you can make sure your furniture will stay clean and look like new for years to come — even with kids or pets in the room. 

High performance fabric is the term used in the furniture industry to describe fabric that is easy to clean, durable for everyday wear and (in some fabrics) even resistant against stains or spills.  

Below, learn more about high performance fabric so you can choose furniture that will will last. 

Shopping for indoor furniture now? Watson's has a wide selection of indoor furniture with high performance fabric, including living room sofas and sectionals, home theater seating, motion furniture and more, all at the guaranteed lowest price in the USA.


Benefits of fabric high performance fabric

Performance fabric is created with every day use in mind — including the accidental messes and spills that are just a fact of life when you live with kids and pets. 

With the right fabric, the dirt, liquid or even oil won't absorb as easily into the upholstery, making it easier to clean and keep looking like new.

It is also highly durable, using materials and construction methods so that the fabric won't pill or wear as easily, even in high traffic areas. 

Benefits will vary, depending on the exact type of performance fabric, but can include:

  • Washable 
  • Cleanable with soap and/or bleach 
  • Oil-based stain repellency (so things like butter, dressing, crayons won't soak in) 
  • Liquid repellency (so that spilled glass of coffee or juice will only puddle on the surface for easy cleaning)
  • Fade / UV resistant so the color holds up over time or in sunlight
  • Mold and mildew resistant
  • Less likely to pill or tear, because it's made with durable fibers and heavy duty construction

Where to find high performance fabric

lvr2transitional-1138 More than half of Watson's indoor furniture selection is made with high performance fabric. 

One of the most well-known and trusted names in performance fabrics: Sunbrella.

Sunbrella, which is used in both indoor and outdoor furniture, saturates its fibers with highly UV stable pigments, rather than just dying the exterior, so the color is bright and durable. It's bleach cleanable, UV resistant and highly durable. 

Top furniture brands like Bernhardt and Flexsteel use durable performance fabrics on many of their sofas, sectionals, recliners and arm chairs. 

Arguably the largest selection of performance fabrics in the market is a line called Kid-Proof by Rowe

The Kid-Proof line, which is carried by Watson's, was made with fabric that resists virtually all stains and spills. Treat stains quickly by first blotting the trouble area with a clean damp cloth which in most cases will remove the majority of the stain.

Jonathan Louis has also introduced an entire collection called justlive, which is a curated series of durable, soap-cleanable, stain-resistant fabrics that are both stylish and practical. 


Shopping for indoor furniture?

Watson's has a wide selection of indoor furniture including living room sofas and sectionals, home theater seating, motion furniture and more, all at the guaranteed lowest price in the USA.

Shop from top brands like Bernhardt, FlexsteelJonathan Louis, Rowe and more. (Availability may vary based on location.) 

Our experts can help you find the best indoor furniture for your lifestyle, your design style and your budget. Contact us now

Topics: Indoor Furniture - Living Room

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