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"All of our coatings and chemical finishes
do last for the life of the fabric as well and
would not need to be reapplied," Duval says.
Coated fabrics supplier OMNOVA
Solutions, Beachwood, Ohio, offers its
PreFixx® protective finish on all of its
Boltaflex® and most Nautolex products.
This protective finish is engineered to resist
discoloration and damage to the finish,
and PreFixx also extends product life up to
two to three times longer than most woven
textiles with increased abrasion resistance.
As Betsy Fouts, contract market manager
at OMNOVA Solutions explains, PreFixx
also offers superior chemical resistance
to a wide range of commercial cleaners,
especially cleaners in the health-care
environment that are developed for hard
surfaces, not upholstery.
"Trends have demanded product
changes over time due to new upholstery
techniques, formula preferences and
government regulations," Fouts says.
"We rely on data and science to make
sure we continue to develop high-quality,
on-trend products that are both durable
and attractive."
Indeed, government regulations are also
driving innovation. California Assembly
Bill 2998, which limits flame retardants in
residential upholstery, went into effect Jan.
1. Along the same lines, the health-care
industry is demanding more products that
are free of phthalates, flame retardants and
antimicrobial additives, Weaver says.
GREEN TRADE-OFFS
For upholstery in the office market,
sustainability has been a goal for some
time, and Earth-friendly products are
gaining significance in the hospitality
and health-care arenas too, Flack says.
"Textiles are one of the largest sources
of pollution worldwide," Duval adds.
"Increasingly consumers, architects and
designers are making product choices that
minimize the impacts on our planet in
order to preserve it for future generations."

ABOVE: Consumers expect
to live, eat and play in
shared spaces like never
before. The sustainable
performance fabrics in
the BREATHE by Milliken™
collection incorporate
natural or recycled yarn
and a plant-based water
repellent to achieve a high
level of repellency and easy
cleaning of everyday spills
and stains. Photo: Milliken
Specialty Interiors.
LEFT: J & J Custom Design
used Crypton performance
fabric for these stools
because of the fabric's
stain resistance and ease
of cleaning. Photo: J & J
Custon Design LLC.

Material sourcing from recycled
sources such as water bottles has become
the norm for some specialty fabrics,
Duval says. He also notes a shift to other
sourcing alternatives such as upcycling
ocean waste plastics to transform them
into sustainable products.
"No longer is the focus on only
material sources, but also on the product
disposal at the end of its lifecycle," he
says. Increasingly, recycling and closed
loop programs are being put in place
to minimize environmental impacts.
For example, Duvaltex's Clean Impact
Textiles™ biodegradable polyester allows
for a complete "no trace" solution-fully
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