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How to choose the best fabric for your upholstered furniture?

08. March 2018

You are about to buy a new sofa or armchair and you do not know what upholstery…

Are you going to buy a new sofa or armchair and you don't know which upholstery to choose? Take a look at our article…

In the market we can meet two types of fabrics, they are natural and synthetic substances. Natural fabrics include cotton, linen and silk. The synthetic ones include acrylic, nylon or polypropylene. When upholstering furniture, a combination of mixtures of natural and synthetic fibers is often used, modern types of fabrics try to use the best properties of natural and synthetic fibers and combine them appropriately. Fabrics with a tighter weave and a thinner fiber are more suitable for upholstery in an active household, as they are more durable.

Upholstery fabrics for upholstery can be chosen from a wide range, and in case you no longer like the fabric, you can re-upholster the furniture and you will get a new original piece of furniture in your interior. In the field of upholstery, the modern trend is to use a fabric with a so-called non-dirty finish. These substances are treated with various chemicals or their physical properties are improved with Teflon. The anti-dirt treatment of the fabric prevents the penetration of dye and liquids into the upholstery fabric, which means that when the sofa becomes dirty, unwanted dirt remains on the surface and by quickly and correctly removing the stain, we prevent deterioration of the fabric. In the market we can find many kinds of upholstery fabrics - Alcantra, Palas, Napoleon, Carabu, Velor, Chenille, Micro-plush, Leather, Eco leather and many more…

Jelínek sofa Noe


The consumer should always pay attention to the properties and quality of the selected substance. An important parameter is the abrasion resistance (abrasion resistance), this value indicates the degree of resistance to "peeling" of the fabric and is often given under the name Martindale. The substances usually have a Martindale value of 20,000 - 45,000 cycles. Under laboratory conditions, this means that "scuffing" can be seen on the upholstery fabric after overcoming these cycles. For normal household use, substances with a Martindale in the range of 20,000 to 30,000 cycles are suitable. The higher the number, the higher the resistance, of course. Before choosing the fabric itself, it is therefore good to consider the location of the furniture in the household and its occupancy.

Another important parameter is color fastness, ie the ability of the upholstery fabric to retain its color for several years. If you choose a fabric that is more expensive, due to the content of other ingredients such as Teflon, which causes better water repellency or mixtures of silicones, do not expect the coating to have better properties as such, only its technical parameters are improved.


  • Fabric-covered furniture requires regular cleaning and care, which can significantly extend the life of the upholstery
  • Upholstery fabrics are treated by shampooing with conventional shampooing agents
  • When cleaning, we use a soft sponge or shampoo nozzle, but there must never be total wetting of the fabric
  • Spills must be cleaned immediately
  • We do not rub the stains, we only vacuum them with clean white cloths or paper towels
  • We do not clean the fabric with brushes with a rough surface
  • We do not let rough objects (rivets of jeans, hard seams, etc.) act on the fabric.
  • Upholstery fabrics can also destroy pet claws
  • the substances are not favorably affected by high dust, dust must be removed by regular vacuuming with a nozzle without a brush
  • textile sunlight as well as colors are damaged by direct sunlight, therefore the use of curtains, awnings and blinds is recommended
  • if the armchairs and sofas have double-sided pillows, it is a good idea to turn them regularly so that they wear evenly
    Desingblok armchair Candy


Quality fabric imitating the surface of the skin. The abrasion resistance is more than 250,000 Martindale cycles. This material has an antibacterial, water-repellent surface with very easy maintenance, thanks to Aqua clean technology, which allows you to remove stains with clean water. Each stain can be cleaned simply with a piece of cloth soaked in lukewarm water. The extreme density of the fibers ensures high strength and abrasion resistance.

Abrasion resistance: over 250,000 Martindale cycles
Composition: 50 % polyester, 15 % polyamide, 35 % acrylic


Woven upholstery fabric made of 100 % polyester, which is very pleasant to the touch. Thanks to the Aqua clean technology, it is possible to get rid of stains easily with clean water. The fabric adapts very well to the details of upholstered furniture, including ruffles. This fabric is very suitable for demanding use in public interiors.

Abrasion resistance: 150,000 Martindale cycles
Composition: 100 % polyester


Modern and high-quality upholstery fabric, in the production of which nano technology was used and which, thanks to the Aqua clean property, is very easy to treat and only clean with ordinary water. It is very easy to remove stains from pens, felt-tip pens, cocoa, chocolate, ketchup, etc. All you need to clean is a cloth or paper napkins and a little water to wipe off the stain. Thanks to its high abrasion resistance, it is maximally suitable for the production of seating furniture.

Abrasion resistance: 35,000 Martindale cycles
Composition: 30 % cotton, 70 % polyester


High-quality fabric with a nanovell finish, which has an attractive appearance and is very pleasant to the touch. Thanks to the nanovell treatment, where the fibers are treated during weaving, not only on the surface as with other types of fabrics, the abrasion resistance of the fabric increases and enables really easy treatment of the fabric and the simplest removal of stains.

Abrasion resistance: over 100,000 Martindale cycles
Composition: 100% PES


Leather for the furniture industry was most often obtained from cattle, but often also from horses, pigs, goats and sheep. Before use, it is necessary to remove hair, residual fat, meat and impurities from the skin. The skin is pleasant and soft to the touch, but at the same time it has a strong and durable surface that cannot be easily torn or damaged. It is easy to maintain, easy to maintain from dust, and is therefore very suitable for allergy sufferers. Tips on how to take care of your skin and other interesting things can be found on our website in the brochure https://www.jelinek.eu/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Brochure-Kuze-Pavlat_CZ-email-s-logy.pdf.


Surface treatment of the fabric, which allows you to remove stains only with water. This makes maintenance very easy and you can remove stains in a minimum of time. With Aqua clean, you can remove most stains created in the household (wine, ink, sauces, fat, mud, chocolate, cream, etc.) and thus save you a lot of time spent cleaning.

How does AQUA CLEAN work?

This is an advanced protection for your upholstered seat. The individual fibers are covered with an invisible molecular layer, which prevents the penetration of impurities into the fabric. More information: https://www.aquaclean.com/CZ_cz/jak-funguje-aquaclean



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