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Fabrics-remarks | Hotel Equipment Services | Robert Dunn


For discussion purposes only

Preferred Material

  • Natural fibres, cotton or wool, protected as necessary with the Pyrovatex fire proofing treatment.
    Alternative treatments are not acceptable as they are either not permanent or cause short or long term discolouration of fabric.
  • FR acrylics with cotton.
  • Trevira CS, this does not normally require any additional treatment to achieve the necessary standard, however it is not approved
    for use as upholstery as it has no "barrier properties" & will not protect upholstery foams from heat.
    Bedspreads and curtains should achieve fire resistance to UK standard BS 5867 Part 2 or local equivalent.
    Ideally 'Trevira' material should be used as this is inherently fire resistant.
    Fire code certificates plus cleaning instructions for all fabrics should be given to the Operator prior to commissioning.
  • If trevira is not used then fabric should be pre shrunk before applying flameproof treatment

    Both voiles and blackout curtains should be fitted.
    All curtains should be provided with acrylic pull rods. This is to simplify cleaning.
    Drapery track should be Silent Gliss or equivalent.

  • Water and soil resistant
  • Fire code certificates plus cleaning instructions for all fabrics should be given to the Operator prior to commissioning.
  • Blackout lining should not be permanently attached to the main curtain but hung from the same hooks and attached to it by short lengths of Velcro at the edges.
  • When considering sizes for bed covers or valances allowance should be made for carpet pile and underlay thickness ,
    reducing overall height by about 10mm.
  • Selecting upholstery fabrics


    How will it wear?
    How will it clean?
    To be used where?
    What type of fiber?
    What type of weave into yarn?
    Soil resistance.

    Fiber content-In any type of weaving the surface yarns get the greatest use.

    Are the fibers woven loosely or tightly?

  • NYLON Strongest synthetic, best resistance to abrasion and soil; offers a cool, soft feeling. Good clean ability characteristics.
  • ACRYLIC Soft wooly feeling; fair resistance to sunlight. It has good clean- ability characteristics and takes vivid color well. Acrylic is normally used to create velvet, plush looks.
  • POLYESTER Crisp and strong, fairly resistant to wear and sunlight.
    Most like natural cotton in its appearance and physical properties.
    Low resistance to heat. Accepts color well, easy to clean.
  • OLEFIN High resistance to abrasion and has a high stain resistance.
    It has a softer feel than nylon, good resistance to fading when solution dyed, very sensitive to heat.
  • COTTON A vegetable fiber,fair resistance to wear and sunlight;
    a soft feeling; dyes well; poor resistance to soil unless treated.
  • RAYON An economical man-made fiber, soft feeling, dyes well, fair resistance to wear and sunlight.
    Fibre or blend of fibres made into yarn. The yarn is woven into a fabric
    Boucle, Taslan, Chenelle, Filament (made form liquid synthetic)

    Selecting upholstery fabrics

    FABRICS Woven-Flat or Pile
    Non woven-Knitted, flocked, tufted

  • WEAVES OF FABRIC Basket weave, Brocatelle, Brocade, Chintz, corduroy, cut velvet, damask, jacquard, matelasse, print, satin, shantung, tapestry, tweed, twil, velvet, leatherlook,
    SOIL RESISTANT fabric treatment-Care method-water based, solvent,vacuum only