Cotton- When you are searching for your fabric to use for your custom window treatments, pillow covers or poufs, you if you see any of the following words in the product description it will be made rom cotton: broadcloth, chintz, corduroy, denim, canvas, seersucker, or velveteen names a few.
Cotton is a great choice for home décor because it is absorbent, cool and resists both static cling and moths. It is easy to care for as it can be machine washed, spot cleaned, ironed and bleached.
However, cotton does wrinkle easily, is subject to shrinkage and can be damaged by mildew or sunlight. There are special finishes that can be applied to your fabric to minimize these disadvantages and maximize the performance of your fabric choice.
Polyester- Polyester will be listed in the product description of a fabric either alone or in a blend with the following: cotton, silk or wool-like fabrics including batiste, taffeta, faille or percale.
Polyester is strong, durable, warm; resists moths, mildew, pollution and wrinkles. It is a great choice either indoor or out as it stands up well to sun damage and fading. It is very easy to care for as it can be machine washed, spot cleaned and does not require ironing.
However, polyester is subject to static cling, can stain and attracts lint. But there are finishing products that can be applied to polyester and polyester blends to minimize these disadvantages and maximize the performance of your polyester fabrics.
Linen - Products containing any of the following words will have linen in them: Chambray, lawn, damask or it will be listed alone as linen.
Linen is an absorbent product that is cool and strong while resisting static cling, moths and stains. You can have it dry cleaned to keep its crispness or you can wash it to soften it.
Linen, is subject to wrinkles, shrinkage and mildew and can yellow with age. There are products that can be applied to minimize the yellowing and affects of mildew.
Rayon- Rayon products will contain the following fibers: faille, challis, linen or it can stand alone as Rayon.
Rayon is easy to clean as it can be machine washed and bleached. But it is recommended to dry clean. It is warm, absorbent, drapes beautifully and resists moths.
However, rayon is considered fragile, is subject to wrinkles and shrinkage, and is not sun or mildew resistant.
Acrylic- Fabrics containing acrylic typically are not blended with other fibers and usually stands alone as acrylic.
Acrylic is a lighter weight fabric that is soft and warm, but stable. It is durable and resists mildew, moths and oily stains and wrinkles. Care is easy as it can be machine washed and does not require ironing.
However, Acrylic fabrics are subject to static cling, are sensitive to heat and the fibers pill.
|Trina Turk Kalaheo Print Sulfur from Lynn Chalk|
|Floor Poufs from Rainey Creek Home|
|Pre made 84" long semi-sheer curtain panel from Swags Galore|
|Zippy in Navy and White Slub|
from Bobbie Lou's Fabric Factory