Silicone is a synthetic polymer made from silica sand. Silicone can be manufactured for many different applications, such as molding, cookware, and coated fabrics. Silicone coated fabrics are a popular material for use in upholstery and wallcoverings due to their high performance. Silicone coated fabrics do not degrade over time or react to hydrolysis. Silicone coated fabric are also inherently resistant to stains, abrasion, and cleaners, and are antimicrobial, which make them an ideal material for healthcare environments.