Crypton fabric for a couch and chairs. Who is it for? Who isn’t it for?
It’s fascinating how the home furniture industry is becoming more responsive when it comes to preserving our sanity as parents. For example, Crypton fabric for your couch or a chair do just that- help with fewer worries about spills and stains from messy little hands.
I am not saying that you can jump on the sofa every day and expect it to hold up. And of course, the food wars that feature a bright white couch that survives are slightly exaggerated. But if you want to use your couch for a long time and need some extra assurance, Crypton qualities can help.
Features of Crypton Fabrics:
- Heavy Duty
- Stain resistant
- Moisture resistant
- Odor resistant
- Many fabric blends, not just acrylic or poly
- Beautiful colors and patterns
- Any decorating style
Can the fabric be treated at home?
Nope. Think of it as a characteristic trait. Someone with blue eyes or long legs is born this way. The same with Crypton fabrics. They are processed at the factory- “born this way.”
Are all Crypton Fabrics made of 100% synthetics, such as polyester?
No. here is the beauty of it. If you prefer to have a choice of various fabric blends, such as cotton and linen you will be blown away with options. Yes, many are polyester blends that are beautiful and not glassy or hot to sit on. But natural fibers are available as well.
If you are looking for a specific style, such as boho, or modern farmhouse, you can find them.
What if your store doesn’t have that choice for your specific furniture piece?
As long as they provide COM option (Customer Own Material) you will be able to find some pretty patterns and colorful designs. Check out online and retail stores fabrics, such as Jo-Ann Fabrics
What if I don’t know how many yards of fabric to buy?
Your retailer or upholsterer should give you the yardage number. Always check with them and don’t buy before you know. If you want to have a general idea, check out some useful Pinterest boards.
What if I want some exciting designer fabrics?
In recent years more and more designers have been crafting imaginative patterns for Crypton fabrics. The above shows one of my favorite boho style fabric designers, Justina Blakeney who partnered up with Calico Corners to create these spirited, global and exploring patterns.
Want a luxurious velvet sofa? No problem. Indulge yourself spending cozy me-time reading a novel on your velvet sofa.
Crypton Fabric is NOT for Every Need
- If you have older pets that use the furniture and accidents are likely to happen to be aware that most Crypton fabrics don’t like bleach.
- Be careful with a Sun Room couch. Unless it is a specific Crypton brand UV protection is not guaranteed so your couch fabric might fade.
- Crypton is not your best choice for an outside chaise, use Sunbrella fabric instead.
How Is Crypton fabric different from all other performance fabrics?
I will start by saying that Crypton has earned a reputation for a superior performance fabric long before all the other companies jumped on this bandwagon. They began in 1993 when Craig and Randy Rubin developed the initial processes. Because of the high moisture and anti-bacterial qualities, Crypton fabrics were initially used in hospitals, hotels, and restaurants.
Then the company developed the technology to eliminate the stiffness of some of the fabrics used for healthcare.
Besides, they formulated ways to make different yarn blends, such as cotton and even man-made yarns such as rayon blended with polyester. These processes started Crypton Home fabrics for residential use. So, people like you and I enjoy a very soft feel without the disadvantages of a glossy or stiff topcoat.
Today there are more than sixty million yards of fabric furniture installed worldwide. Yes, you heard me right. Crypton is the largest provider of performance fabrics, and they keep on growing. They are now developing factories for European and Asian markets. You can even find Crypton fabrics in the White House and Buckingham Palace.
What is the Crypton Fabric process that makes it so special?
The process is performed at the company’s authorized factories only.
- A water-based solution that includes antimicrobial components also prevents the vinyl-like feel of the fabric.
- Then the fabric is dried and cured at very high temperatures.
- Now it is ready for printing with different patterns and colors.
- Fabrics undergo intense inspection and testing.
- They leave the factory and are shipped to furniture manufacturing plants or fabric distributors
- Finally, a furniture piece is sold at a retail store.
Is Crypton bulletproof?
No matter what you read in the press, the answer is NO, it is not bulletproof. Actually, no fabric is bulletproof. It is true that all Crypton fabrics have great stain repellent qualities. However, you should always read and follow cleaning instructions.
Is Crypton fabric safe?
Crypton is Gold Green Certified. The company chooses only the chemicals that are as environmentally-friendly as possible. The production process is designed for ways to cut consumption and pollution. If you are into “green” you’ll be happy to find out more on their site.
How do I clean Crypton fabric furniture?
Your guests can’t throw a slice of pizza on your new couch and let it stay there for two weeks. You should spot clean the stains with mild soap and water. Don’t forget to rinse out the soap carefully. If you don’t rinse it out, the dust and dirt will form right on the top of the stained area, and it will look worse than before. The best advice is again, follow the cleaning instructions. Your store should always give you specific instructions, and if they don’t please insist on getting them.
In addition to simple methods of cleaning with mild soap and water, Crypton has its branded cleaners. For example, The Gold is good for cleaning beer, blood, coffee, soda, milk, ketchup, and vomit. The Purple is for cosmetics, grease, ink, crayon, nail polish, oil or mustard. Refer to general cleaning instructions here. Also, always ask for specific cleaning instructions from your store.
What are the advantages of Crypton over at home top coating by specialists, such as Fiber-Seal or Scotchguard?
Firstly, when you apply the in-home treatment there is no guarantee that the substance will cover the whole surface. On the other hand, you can’t beat Crypton’s factory processing that covers every inch of fabric. So, just by the law of bad luck, your pizza stain can land itself exactly where the sofa fabric was not treated. Also, any treatment will wear off with time and use, and you will never know until it happens. On the contrary, Crypton fabric qualities don’t wear off as they are inherent for the life of the fabric.
Where do I buy Crypton fabric furniture?
Most stores carry couches and chairs covered in Crypton fabric. Here is the link to the list of retailers who carry Crypton Fabrics products.
Please, by all means, do tell me about your challenges or questions about Crypton fabric or any other performance fabrics. All you have to do is post a comment here below.