Fabric Superheroes and The Dynamic Duo

  Pictured: Sunbrella

Pictured: Sunbrella

With our ever-progressing fabric technology in today’s world, we have seen two fabrics emerge as intelligent super heroes in the design industry. Sunbrella and Crypton have evolved into fabric products that lend homes not only beautiful style, but sustainable functionality as well. What are those capabilities and how are they different?

  Pictured: Sunbrella

Pictured: Sunbrella

Sunbrella

Sunbrella is the only brand that is guaranteed to UV protect from the sun’s fading rays and be bleach cleanable. While nothing is completely fade proof forever, this fabric is fade proof for most dealers with a 5-year warranty.  How does it do this? In vegetable terms, this fiber is a carrot. It is solution dyed, meaning it is like a carrot in the way the dye goes all the way through the fiber strand. Modern engineering has made it possible for Sunbrella fabrics to be resistant to mildew, stains, is family friendly, and can be very soft.

  Pictured: Crypton

Pictured: Crypton

Crypton

Crypton is the brand to choose when you need a stain proof fabric, but don’t need sun fading capabilities. In vegetable terms, this fiber is like a radish since the outside of the fiber is where the color protectant is located. Crypton is a bath that coats the fibers, then is heat bonded, then backed. This process gives a high level of performance for wear ability and is stain proof, but not UV protected from sun fading.

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Clean-ability

Both give high level performance, style, value, and can be cleaned with a cloth, with no staining. Sunbrella can be cleaned with bleach, Crypton should only have soap and water as the bath. Spray the cleaner on the spot and dab, don’t rub!

Sarah Olsen has been an ASID degreed interior designer since 1993 and works from her design studio and retail boutique in Woodbury, Minnesota.