While researching the best fabric to use for The Floyd Sofa, we wanted something that would be super easy to clean, but also environmentally and health safe. The fabric we chose has a stain-resistant technology, which means our fabrics go great with coffee, wine, or ice cream. All that’s needed to clean most spills is a damp rag and a bit of soapy water. But how does this all work, and is it safe for consumers?
The strands of the polyester fabric are coated with a stain-resistant treatment before being woven into the fabric that you can find on our sofa’s cushions. This special coating prevents any liquids from penetrating the fibers of the fabric itself, allowing you to simply wipe away any spill the cushions may encounter.
One type of question our Customer Experience team often hears when we are launching new products is, “are there any harmful chemicals in the product?” With all of our products, we strive to make them as safe and environmentally friendly as possible – that’s why we use CARB-2 certified plywood on all of our bed and table products, and why we chose the all-natural linoleum for the surface of our tables.
When designing the world’s first Floyd Sofa then, we kept this top-of-mind. But a sofa has cushions, and fabric, a new territory for us. We reached out to a close partner to help develop and advise us on this part of the design. We chose our fabric because of its soft, comfortable feel, its stain-resistance, and its shorter chain C6 fluorocarbon-based treatment.
What was that last part? Similar to Patagonia’s Durable Water Repellent, we chose a shorter-chain C6 fluorocarbon-based treatment because it breaks down faster over time and is less harmful for the environment. This means the fabric is virtually spill-proof (try for yourself with our swatches!), all while having a lower impact on the environment both inside and outside of your home.
As with all our products, we continue to seek the highest quality, most sustainable materials possible — The Floyd Sofa is no exception. We believe that furniture should be made for the home, not the landfill — but if one our pieces ends up in the landfill then we want it to have the least impact on the environment.