What Is Performance Fabric?

written by Taylor Souder

Performance fabrics are a category that has stormed the home decorating industry for the past few seasons. Performance is typically a synonymous term with easy cleanability and durability for everyday wear and tear. Anna Elisabeth and Greenhouse Fabrics are proud carriers of multiple performance lines, including Crypton Home, InsideOut, Endurepel, Performance Washables, and soon-to-be, Sustain. Explore our various options below to find the perfect qualities for your next project. 

Crypton Home

Benefits

  • Stain, moisture, and odor resistant
  • Greenguard Gold Certification, eco-friendly
  • Some SKUs Made in USA
  • Breathable
  • Enhanced abrasion resistance

General Cleaning Instructions

  1. Wipe away the excess mess with a dry, clean towel.
  2. Mix together a simple soap-and-water solution. We recommend mixing 1/4 teaspoon enzyme laundry detergent, like Tide® or Cheer®, with 1 cup of warm water.
  3. Apply the solution and agitate with a soft-bristle brush.
  4. Blot with a clean towel and rinse. Repeat if necessary, and remember soap attracts dirt, so make sure to rinse thoroughly.

InsideOut

Benefits

  • Stain, moisture, and odor resistant
  • Greenguard Gold Certification, eco-friendly
  • Made in USA
  • Breathable
  • Bleach-cleanable
  • Suitable for the outdoors
  • Enhanced abrasion resistance

General Cleaning Instructions

  1. Because dust and dirt cause fabric to wear faster, we recommend vacuuming regularly with an upholstery attachment.
  2. Flip, rotate, and fluff removable cushions regularly to ensure even wear and increase longevity.
  3. An annual professional cleaning will keep your upholstered furniture looking its best.

Spot Cleaning (For Everyday Messes)

  1. Before spot cleaning, blot up liquids on the surface with a clean, soft towel and brush off any loose dirt.
  2. Prepare a cleaning solution of 1/4 tsp mild enzyme detergent, such as standard dishwashing liquid, per 1 cup of lukewarm water.
  3. Apply the cleaning solution using a misting spray bottle.
  4. Work the solution into the affected area by lightly scrubbing the area with a sponge or soft bristle brush. Make sure to work from the outside of the stain inward so as not to spread the stain and rinse your sponge or brush frequently.
  5. Allow cleaning solution to soak into the fabric.
  6. Rinse thoroughly to remove all soap residues, as residues will attract dirt—blot excess moisture with a clean, soft towel or sponge.
  7. Repeat steps 3-6 as needed.
  8. Allow fabric to air dry.

Spot Cleaning w/ Bleach (For Stubborn or Excessive Stains)

  1. Remove any loose debris and blot the stain.
  2. Prepare a bleach-based cleaning solution: Bleach should be diluted with water on a 1:4 ratio.
  3. Apply the bleach-based cleaning solution using a misting spray bottle and allow for the solution to soak into the fabric.
  4. Work the solution into the affected area by lightly scrubbing the area with a sponge or soft bristle brush. Make sure to work from the outside of the stain inward so as not to spread the stain and rinse your sponge or brush frequently.
  5. Blot and thoroughly rinse the fabric with water until the stain is cleaned. *Make sure that all bleach is rinsed off of the surface of the fabric*
  6. Allow fabric to air dry.

Endurepel

Benefits

  • Stain, moisture, and odor resistant
  • Breathable
  • Enhanced abrasion resistance
  • Value-priced

General Cleaning Instructions

  1. Wipe away the excess mess with a dry, clean towel.
  2. Mix together a simple diluted soap-and-water solution.
  3. Apply the solution and agitate with a soft-bristle brush.
  4. Blot with a clean towel and rinse. Repeat if necessary

Performance Washables

Benefits

  • Great options for slipcovers
  • Pre-washed, pre-shrunk
  • Soil and stain repellant finish
  • Tested up to 75 commercial washes

General Cleaning Instructions

  1. Wipe away excess mess with a clean, dry towel.
  2. Apply diluted soap-and-water solution and agitate with a soft-bristle brush.
  3. Blot with a clean towel and rinse. Repeat if necessary
  4. For more stubborn stains, a full wash cycle can be completed (Cold water wash with a mild detergent, drying not recommended)

Sustain (Coming Soon)

Benefits

  • PFC-free
  • Eco-friendly
  • Made in USA
  • Bleach-cleanable
  • Enhanced abrasion resistance

General Cleaning Instructions

  • Vacuum with a soft bristle brush attachment to remove loose debris.
  • To remove everyday dirt and spills, use a diluted soap and water solution.
  • For tougher stains, a diluted bleach and water solution may be used (1:10).
  • As an additional safety measure, an at-home disinfectant may be used to complete the cleaning.

Listed above are just a few great items that the Anna Elisabeth and Greenhouse Fabrics lines have to offer. Stay tuned for more up-and-coming collection launches, and subscribe to our blog for the latest fabric trends and textile knowledge!