United Fabrics and Nassimi Introduce Pioneering Performance Fabric with Unique Liquid Barrier

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Known for providing advanced upholstery material solutions since 1946, United Fabrics has partnered with the pioneers of premium faux leather at Nassimi to introduce an innovative and hardworking fabric. Supreen combines cutting-edge woven and coated technology to create a truly transcendent textile that boasts a unique liquid-barrier. With an elegant aesthetic and surprisingly supple hand, the material dually delivers on durability and design as it meets the material needs of settings where spills and messes would be routine. Changing the game for performance fabrics, Supreen showcases the benefits of a textile that keeps liquid out and beauty in.

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Clever Construction and Pioneering Performance

Supreen’s cleverly conceived construction is carefully crafted through a production process comprised of multiple steps. First, the polyester performance fabric is woven and dyed before being purified in a patented process. It is then immersed into a silicon solution that permanently encapsulates the fibers of the fabric with a protective layer. Finally, Supreen’s complete liquid barrier is created with a composite construction that combines silicon on the fabric’s surface—which works to reactively repel liquids and prevent potential staining—with performance polyurethane that is permanently embedded into the back of the fabric. An emblematic evolution in performance fabrics, Supreen’s groundbreaking moisture barrier ensures that liquids will not penetrate the material within any scope of time after a spill takes place.

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Deftly designed to outperform, Supreen exceeds contract grade upholstery standards and is suitable for the most heavy-hitting, high-traffic environments. The product has been tested against the rigorous protocol developed by fabric manufacturers and distributors in conjunction with the Association for Contract Textiles. “Supreen fabrics undergo a Hydrostatic Pressure test, which is also referred to as Suter,” says Iwan Nassimi, Executive Vice President of Nassimi. “This test applies water pressure to the fabric through a water column and measures at which point three water droplets penetrate through the fabric. A passing result at 1000 mm is considered a moisture barrier. Supreen fabrics do not have any water penetration at all at 2700 mm (= maximum) and are therefore considered a total liquid barrier.” Moreover, the material composition is tough enough to stand up to diluted bleach and regular cleanings, making it particularly practical for healthcare environments.

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Aesthetic Allure and Environmental Awareness

Surpassing the standards for spaces and places where life hits hard, Supreen provides the advantages of permanent performance attributes while preserving the aesthetic allure of a woven fabric with a delicate and smooth hand. “Aside from the obvious benefit of a soft, luxurious hand and a beautiful range of colors, Supreen fabrics can be used in more trying upholstery applications, in which other performance textiles would fall short,” says Nassimi. “This includes button tufting, pleating, or using down fill, to name a few. From a design standpoint there is no limitation of how Supreen can be utilized.” The material’s remarkable breathability adds to its ease-of-use across an array of upholstery applications.

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Supporting sustainable strides and environmental awareness, Supreen’s signature stain-repellent technology is free of fluorocarbons. The product’s proprietary silicon provides PFC- and PFOA-free technology, making the material more friendly to both the environment and to human health. Supreen’s carefully considered design demonstrates that sustainability doesn’t need to be equated with sacrificing softness or durability.