To begin with we think sharing the vinyl information we have accumulated over 25 years in the upholstery trade is the best way of giving our customers the information they need when choosing vinyl upholstery.
It started with objects getting covered in animal hide or some kind of woven cloth.
This developed into a cloth covered in plastic, after that it became known as vinyl.
Since then Vinyl has been used as a reliable man made substitute for leather for nearly 100 years.
In more recent times there has been a massive growth of low grade copies or cheap fakes!
As a result these inferior copies have left many consumers unsure as to why their furniture is only lasting a short period before deteriorating into a ragged mess.
Adding to the confusion Common Upholstery Vinyl has many names, however they all refer to the same thing.
Some of these include, Faux Leather, Synthetic Leather, Fake Leather, PU Leather, Imitation Leather, Bi-cast leather and probably many more.
Here at Stylefurn we only use and recommend a quality selection of vinyl upholstery materials.
The First Vinyl
DuPont were the first company to market a product called Fabrikoid.
Produced by coating a cotton or flax backing cloth with nitrocellulose.
Fabrikoid was widely used in upholstery, luggage, as well as book bindings during the early 20th century.
As a result by the 1920s, Fabrikoid became the preferred material for automobile convertible tops and seat covers.
By the 1940s, more durable vinyl-coated fabrics overtook the market.
True Vinyl- Polyvinyl Chloride
PVC’s relative non-flammability, insulation properties, resistance to humidity as well as various chemicals made it extremely durable and practical for use in the consumer market.
A noteworthy pioneer, the company Uniroyal first began making Naugahyde, a faux leather that became the emblem of the 1950s.
Designers then used it, even chairs in the United Nations building New York had it, it was everywhere.
By the mid 1960s Uniroyal, the manufactures of Naugahyde had numerous look alike competitors.
In the mean time, imitators were challenging one of the original manufacturers.
As mentioned earlier Vinyl production has many low cost imitations.
As a result these low grade imitations get dirty easier, are harder to clean and break down prematurely.
Commercial Grade – Hospital Grade Vinyls
As a consequence of using commercial grade vinyls we have a selection of quality vinyls specifically suited to healthcare, aged care and hospital environments.
Secondly and most relevant these days is the ability to clean and disinfect the surface.
We are more than happy to share our expertise in specialised applications.
Due to many years using vinyl, we offer a premium selection of quality local and international upholstery vinyl products.
Consequently our vinyls are individually specified to fit the purpose,
As a result all functional requirements are satisfied beyond expectation
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