My last client had some particular needs when it came to choosing a textile for her sofa. The fabric had to “wear like iron and be washable”. That was no easy task to undertake as upholstery fabrics are not “washable”. Choosing the color was easier. She wanted a black or gray. I went to work investigating textiles. I quickly became a fan of Maxwell Fabrics and in particular their Nanotex line.
Samples in hand I scheduled an appointment with my client. We took all the samples and spilled water on them! Droplets of water rolled right off of them! Hmmm, this was cool-we were conducting science experiments. Next, we spilled red wine on them. Once again droplets formed and we were able to slide them off of the textile! I was very impressed and so was she. Then she wondered about dirt. She wanted the fabric to be stain resistant because she loves to work in her back yard gardening. Spoon in hand we sent her husband out to dig up some dirt. Next she made a mud paste and mashed it into the textile. Then she followed up with what would be her normal process of getting a stain out. We were both amazed to see no trace of that mud paste on the fabric. There was no trace at all. We were both SOLD.
I became a huge fan of Maxwell Fabrics. Months later the sofa was reupholstered and my client couldn’t be more pleased. This sofa went from being a denim floral to a modern, men’s wear inspired gray herringbone. I will say it “wears like iron and is washable” to a point!