Not all vinyl is created equally – synthetic material can be manufactured in many ways. Upholstery vinyl is made from strong polyester or cotton fibres coated with polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Specifications to consider include UV colour fastness, Martindale rub durability, Crib 5 fire retardancy, REACH compliancy (ensuring use of safe PVC chemicals) e.g. phthalic acid free.
Marine vinyl differentiates itself by the material makeup and addition of biocides strengthening its resistance to mould, mildew and microbial pink staining as well as UV stable colour fastness. It's made to last in damp, wet, cold, bright and hot conditions.
Vinyl impregnated with antimicrobial compounds provides antibiotic resistance to bacteria such as MRSA, E.coli, C.diff, VRE, NDM-1 and similar bacteria and fungi. Effective where ongoing protection between cleaning cycles is essential.
The upholstery engineered synthetic leathers we use are soft, durable, and to the eye — realistic. Today's technology has come a long way in replicating both texture and performance.