Acrylic vs Olefin vs Polyester

Acrylic vs Olefin vs Polyester
May 21, 2020 Alleana
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Acrylic vs Olefin vs Polyester

Which fabric is better acrylic vs olefin vs polyester? If you are considering purchasing cushions for outdoor use, you will most likely be asking the question. Below we look at the properties of each outdoor fabric to help you determine which fabric is right for your outdoor space!

Acrylic is a great fabric for outdoor cushions as it is fade resistant, so you can leave your acrylic cushion in the sun all day long without the colour of your cushions fading. Acrylic cushions are well suited to pool areas as they are water and stain-resistant, but they are not waterproof. As acrylic is a very durable fabric, it has an average life span of 5 years.

Fabric that fade and is mould resistant is Olefin but it is not water-resistant so they should not be placed by a pool area or water feature. Olefin also cannot be spot cleaned or cleaned with bleach, so you should keep this in mind if your household is home to small children who are prone to spilling things. Olefin is stain-resistant, however, and has an average lifespan of 3 years.

What is often used to create outdoor cushions due to its water-resistant nature? Polyester! The texture of polyester is often quite stiff and tends to fade faster than both acrylic and olefin, so this should be considered when you are deciding between different outdoor cushion fabrics. Polyester cushions should never be exposed to direct sunlight for extended periods of time because their quality will quickly deteriorate

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Acrylic vs olefin vs polyester – which is right for me? There is no one-size-fits-all answer to which outdoor fabric is right for you, it depends on your outdoor space and the type of outdoor bench cushion you want to have. For example, if you want seat cushions to decorate the sun loungers by your pool, you may wish to consider acrylic cushions. Alternatively, if you’re looking for a cushion to complete a patio area, acrylic may be the right option for you.

To learn more about high-quality outdoor cushions, do not hesitate to contact the Cushion Factory today!

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Feeling inspired? Start transforming your outside spaces today with our wide range of outdoor patio cushions, outdoor bench cushions and more. As Australia’s Cushion Experts, Cushion Factory would absolutely love to help you create a space that you can’t wait to relax in. Say goodbye to those old faded cushions or that bare space!
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Similarly, if you would like to see what we have created for other clients around Australia, go to our Client Photo gallery. Or to view all of the fabrics from Sunbrella, please click on this link.

Have a question? Don’t hesitate to email or phone us on 1300 448 297. We would love to hear about your next decorating project!


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