What is Microfiber?
Microfiber is one of the most versatile materials being used today. Clothing, cleaning products, bedding, upholstery and slipcovers, insulation, fashion accessories and even athletic equipment are made from this super-soft but durable product. Though a microfiber slipcover seems like a thoroughly modern invention, the fabric got its start back in the 1950s and was marketed successfully in the 1970s as "Ultrasuede." The suede-like quality of microfiber makes it an affordable and practical substitute for real leather products, especially in large applications such as upholstery or a microfiber furniture protector.
The irresistible texture and richness of color makes microfiber a top choice for furniture coverings. It's cool in the summer and cozy in the winter. It's also highly durable and can stand up to daily use from the whole family, including the family pets. But what exactly is it?
Technically, the term "microfiber" literally refers to the extremely slim size of the fiber strand. To qualify as microfiber material, strands must be finer than one denier-a measurement that's roughly equal to 1/5 the diameter of a strand of human hair. By altering or combining the shape, size, length or type of material the fiber is made from, manufacturers can highlight specific characteristics in their products, making them especially soft, durable, water-repellent or absorbent.
Microfiber is made from synthetic materials. The most common is polyester, but nylon and other polyamides are also frequently used. For example, furniture protectors from Linensource, such as the Ultimate Quilted Microfiber Sofa Protector, are made from 100% polyester.
For consumers with concerns about the environment, it's worth noting that the production of polyester microfiber requires no pesticide use and dying methods are water-free, as compared to the thousands of gallons of water needed to color cotton fibers.
Caring for Microfiber
Each microfiber furniture protector in the Ultimate Quilted Microfiber collection from Linensource is machine washable. A few easy steps will keep your microfiber looking good and feeling soft between washings. Vacuum regularly to remove dust, dirt and crumbs. Wipe up spills as soon as they happen. Blot liquid with paper towels to remove as much of the spill as possible and allow to dry completely. Occasionally brush your microfiber products with a soft-bristled brush or fine-toothed comb to untangle the tiny fibers and renew the material's luxurious, soft texture.
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