Textile Talk: Cloth Composition

written by Taylor Souder, B.S. in Textile Technology

The performance capabilities of fabric are completely dependent on the cloth’s composition. Greenhouse Fabrics offers a wide variety of performance fabric options to meet customer’s specific needs and price points.


Olefin, also referred to as polyolefin or polypropylene, is a sustainable by-product of refining petroleum leaving little to no carbon footprint. It is inherently stain-resistant meaning no chemicals (PFCs) are needed to achieve this property. Olefin is also known for its mold, water, and mildew resistance making it a great addition to the outdoor market as well.

Greenhouse Fabrics carries Olefin-based fabrics suitable for upholstery from Revolution. This is offered at a great value price point and is followed up with the Revolution Outdoor line that just launched with 3,000 light hours as well (pictured below).


Polyester is known for its high strength and durability. This fabric is moisture resistant, leaving it easier to clean and less likely to stain. With great retention, polyester is also not likely to stretch or wrinkle. Polyester-blended fabrics can be a great way to add desired properties of other fibers to the mix.

Crypton Home fabrics are comprised of a mix of man-made materials, usually including a good amount of polyester. The Crypton Home finish is then applied to the fabric at a molecular level, changing the fabric’s performance properties completely. This gives additional clean ability factors and expands the life of the fabric.

InsideOut fabrics are a blend of polyester, giving them a great mix of properties from multiple materials. These fabrics are PFC free, great for indoor and outdoor, and easily-cleanable with household soap and water or even bleach solution if needed.


Acrylic opens fabrics up to a wide range of colors and prints due to its dyeability. Its mold and mildew resistance makes for a great addition to UV resistance as an outdoor option as well.

Our InsideOut and Crypton Home fabrics have blends of acrylic, giving added benefits to other material properties.

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