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Dickson® Awning Fabrics: Vast Selection, Timeless Style

Dickson is a name you can trust. Building on more than 200 years of expertise, the brand is an established player in the woven fabric market and recognized around the world for the quality of its canvases, which are composed of millions of interwoven and intertwined threads. Dickson makes innovation a keystone of its philosophy and one that sets the standards for technical textiles.


Case in point: The Dickson North American Collection.


Dickson North American is a collection of awning fabric that includes a vast selection of water-repellent, mildew-resistant fabrics. Its special finish delays the formation and accumulation of dirt, making it easy to maintain. The fabric—available in trendy solids and more contemporary stripes—is also as colorfast as it is durable. It is woven with 100% solution-dyed acrylic, making it robust and heat sealable.


As you consider awning fabric for your next project, the Dickson North American Collection is perfect for fixed awnings, window awnings, patio shade, pergolas, and other outdoor canopies. It also excels for awning fabric replacement or new structures. The collection is available in a spectrum of popular color options, comes with a 10-year fabric warranty, and is sold by the yard.


With the Dickson North American Collection, Trivantage® has you covered. For more information, contact your sales representative or call us at 800-786-1876.


Enter to Win the Serge Ferrari 25th Anniversary Color Contest

Who wouldn’t want to pack their bags for a week-long trip for two to France? How about if travel accommodations were covered and a tour of a high-tech global textile manufacturing facility was included? In honor of the debut of a new custom anniversary color for Serge Ferrari’s best-selling exterior solar protection fabric, Soltis Proof 502, Trivantage® is partnering with them on a special contest to make that happen.


To celebrate 25 years of Soltis Proof 502, Serge Ferrari created a Revival Blue colorway, and the results we’ve seen since have been nothing short of outstanding. Be sure to submit your project featuring the new color for your chance to spend a week in France and tour the Serge Ferrari corporate headquarters near Lyon, the third largest city in France and home of one of Europe’s largest public squares.


The color contest is open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. Contest entrants must be at least 21 years old and the owner or employee of a U.S.-based company whose primary business is solar protection or awning fabrication. To be considered, entrants must complete a fabric structure or awning project for a client project at their company using the Serge Ferrari Soltis Proof 502 product in the Revival Blue color.


To enter, complete an entry form, upload up five photographs of the completed project, and provide an essay up to 500 words describing how the color inspired the project, how it added value to the project, and other details about how Revival Blue brought the project to life. The grand-prize winner will receive a trip for two to France including round-trip, coach-class airfare from a major airport within the 48 contiguous states; seven nights hotel accommodations at a hotel of the contest sponsor’s choice; round trip transfers to/from destination airport and hotel; and a tour of the Serge Ferrari corporate headquarters.


If you have yet to complete a project using the color, not to worry as the contest runs through September 1. For more information on contest entry and official rules, visit www.soltis502contest.com.


As a reminder, Soltis Proof 502 is a waterproof, durable, lightweight, and easy-to-clean fabric that delivers superior flexibility and strength to allow creative freedom of shape and size for various outdoor applications. This cutting-edge fabric is ideal for awnings, pergolas, shade sails, light structures, and fixed shading systems. Trivantage is the exclusive provider of Revival Blue, and Soltis Proof 502 is backed by a 10-year warranty from Serge Ferrari.


Click here for more information on Soltis Proof 502. You also can contact your Trivantage sales representative or call us at 800-786-1876.


Sustainability Best Practices at Trivantage®

In the last issue of Market Corner, which coincided with Earth Week, we shared how Trivantage is committed to sustainability best practices through Recycle My Sunbrella, a program designed to prevent Sunbrella®, FIRESIST®, Dickson® Collection, Exceed, and select Hydrofend® fabrics from entering landfills. This month, we take a broader look at the sustainability goals of our parent company, Glen Raven.


Each year, Glen Raven updates its Sustainability Report, and the 2023 report details our progress and outlines a path forward over the long term. Glen Raven has always believed that respectful stewardship of the environment isn’t just a choice; it’s a responsibility. With a global footprint, our parent company understands the impact its operations can have on the planet. That’s why the company and its subsidiaries, including Trivantage, is increasing the use of renewable energy in order to reduce its carbon footprint. By purchasing renewable electricity certificates from sources such as solar, wind, and hydroelectric power, we’re collectively reducing our reliance on fossil fuels and avoiding the related environmental impacts.


Overall, Glen Raven is using renewable electricity for over 50% of its global needs, and its manufacturing facilities in France and China have gone even further by using 100% renewable electricity. At Trivantage, 100% of the electricity for our facilities is renewable electricity, and the same is true at Glen Raven Logistics.


We encourage you to read the report and learn how Trivantage and Glen Raven are proud to lead on this issue in the communities we call home.


Mold vs. Mildew: Understanding the Differences & Their Impact on Fabric

Mold and mildew are both types of fungi that can have a major impact on how your fabrics look and how usable they are, each in their own way. While they have similar characteristics, it should be noted that they aren’t the same. As such, understanding the differences between the two is absolutely crucial for effective fabric care and maintenance.



What Are Mold and Mildew?


These types of fungi thrive best in environments that are moist for extended periods of time. That could include anywhere from a poorly ventilated garage or bathrooms, to boat upholstery and outdoor furniture. However, they can differ significantly in their appearance, growth, and impact on health and materials they grow on.


What is Mold?


For the most part, mold is much more invasive than mildew. As such, mold growth can deeply penetrate the surfaces it grows on. This is especially true in damp and dirty areas. Mold spores are airborne. That means that an infestation can start in new areas just by settling in dampness and growing unnoticed in the early stages. Depending on the type of mold and the conditions, it can appear in various forms.


What is Mildew?


On the other hand, mildew (another kind of fungus) typically presents as a white powdery or fluffy mildew growth. Generally, it stays on the surface and can usually be found on damp fabrics, moisture-prone nooks & crannies, and on items stored in poorly ventilated or conditioned locations.
Compared to mold, mildew is much easier to clean and tends to be less harmful. However, it can cause a musty odor and trigger allergies.


Differences Between Mold and Mildew


Characteristics Mold Mildew
Appearance Fuzzy or slimy, various colors Powdery, white or gray
Growth Below the surface On the surface
Health Effects Can cause health problems & respiratory problems Can trigger allergic reactions and health issues
Smell Musty smell Often a milder musty odor
Location Deep into the material, which can affect the surface and what’s beneath it Typically grows on flat surfaces of fabrics and organic materials

Causes of Mold and Mildew on Fabrics


Both mold and mildew require organic material to grow, which is precisely why fabrics, wood, and areas affected by water damage are perfect environments for their growth.

Here are a few of the most common reasons for mold and mildew growth on fabrics and other organic material:


  • Humidity and Organic Material: Both kinds of fungi thrive in moist environments and need organic matter (dirt, debris, leaf litter, etc.) to grow. That means that fabrics that aren't properly cleaned and dried can be breeding grounds for mold and mildew.
  • Lack of Air Circulation: Poorly ventilated areas greatly increase humidity and moisture levels, which is why it’s important to use an exhaust fan in areas like bathrooms, boathouses, kitchens, sheds, etc., as much as possible.

Preventing Mold and Mildew on Fabrics


Prevention costs an ounce, and mildew/mold removal can cost a pound. That said, you can save a lot of money and time by taking the following steps:


  • Store Them Properly: Be sure to completely clean & dry your fabrics before you store them. Also, ensure they’re kept in a well-ventilated environment.
  • Use Marine-Grade Cover Fabric: Especially when winterizing watercrafts or storing outdoor furniture for the season, choosing a fabric engineered for moisture control and breathability is a must.
  • Keep Them in Humidity Controlled Environments: Dehumidifiers can be heroes in damp areas of your home. Use them to maintain lower humidity levels.
  • Clean & Dry on a Regular Basis: By regularly cleaning and drying your upholstery, you can help to prevent moisture buildup on any organic matter that mildew or mold grows.

Cleaning and Removing Mold and Mildew from Fabrics


In many cases, bleach and typical household cleaners are not equipped for handling fabrics. At Trivantage, we offer several care and cleaning products specifically designed to keep your fabrics clean and protect them from mildew or mold:



Learn more about our sprays and cleaners, including professional cleaners, sprayers, mildew removers, and more.


Care and Cleaning Resources From Trivantage


At Trivantage, we offer an array of excellent resources and products to keep your fabrics clean and protected. These products can help ensure your materials (awnings, marine fabrics, shade sails, upholstery, etc.) remain mold and mildew-free while still retaining their aesthetic appeal and functional qualities, regardless of the environment.

Find more information about keeping your fabrics clean and choosing the right fabrics in our Trivantage Resource Center today.


Flame-Resistant Fabrics: Facts, Standards, and Practical Uses

Fire safety is paramount in countless settings, from homes and workplaces to outdoor and industrial environments. As such, fire-retardant materials and flame-resistant fabrics play a critical role in protecting people and properties by offering much-needed protection in the event of a fire.




Flame-Retardant Fabrics


Fire-retardant fabrics (FR fabrics) are engineered to slow down or suppress the spread of flames when the material is exposed to a fire source. This method offers a level of fire protection to fabrics that would otherwise burn quickly. Flame-retardant fabrics are often treated with a surface coating and are not inherently resistant to fire.


Standards and Certifications: Common standards for these types of materials include NFPA 701 (National Fire Protection Association) and ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials). These standards are designed to evaluate fabric ignition resistance, flame spread, and charring behavior.


There are quite a few common uses for flame retardant materials in personal, residential, and commercial settings. They include, but aren’t limited to:


  • Upholstery: Furniture in homes, hotels, and public spaces can benefit greatly from flame-retardant fabrics for added safety.
  • Drapery: Curtains and drapes can be treated with flame-retardant chemicals to reduce fire risk.
  • Tents and Recreational Fabrics: Camping tents and outdoor fabrics may be flame-retardant to enhance safety around campfires.
  • Clothes: Flame-retardant clothing can be lifesaving for first responders and individuals who work in flammable environments.

Flame-Resistant Fabrics


Flame-resistant fabrics are made from fibers that have inherently fire-resistant properties. Unlike flame-retardant fabrics, their fire resistance is permanently baked into the fiber structure. Trivantage offers dozens of inherently FR fabrics for countless application opportunities.


Standards and Certifications: Flame-resistant fabrics will often require CA State Fire Marshal Title 19 certification while also adhering to NFPA 701 and ASTM standards. Some fabrics may meet specific industry certifications based on how they’re used.


You can find fire-resistant fabrics used in many applications that require long-term durability and fire resistance. Some of the most frequent applications include, but are not restricted to:


  • Awning & Shade Fabric: Commercial buildings, schools, hospitals, healthcare facilities, government buildings, and apartment buildings are just some of the most common places FR fabric may be desired, if not legally required.
  • Shade Sail Fabric: These kinds of permanent outdoor structures can greatly benefit from the extended fire protection provided by flame-resistant fabrics. This is especially important in extremely hot or dry environments with constant exposure to the elements.
  • Marine Fabrics: Often seen on cruise ships and large capacity passenger vessels, IMO-certified marine textiles may be flame-resistant. This adds another layer of protection and peace-of-mind while on the water, after mooring, and even in storage for the winter.

Differences Between Flame-Retardant and Flame-Resistant Fabrics


Although the names are similar and often used interchangeably, there are a few key distinctions between flame-retardant and flame-resistant fabrics. They include:


  • Resistance Source: Flame-retardant fabrics technically gain their fire-resistant properties through chemical treatments. On the other hand, flame-resistant fabrics are naturally resistant because of the composition of their material.
  • Durability: Flame-retardant surface treatments can sometimes diminish in quality and effectiveness over time after being washed or exposed to the elements. Flame-resistant fabrics maintain their resistance throughout the lifespan of the material.

Choosing the Right Type of Fabric


Selecting the ideal flame-retardant or flame-resistant fabric requires careful consideration of several factors. They include, but aren’t limited to:


Environment and Application


  • Indoor Residential: Flame-retardant fabrics can be used for furniture upholstery, drapery, and other indoor textiles, helping to save lives and property especially in fire-prone regions.
  • Outdoor: Think about the level of UV exposure, moisture, and the potential wear and tear your fabrics may encounter. In many cases, flame-resistant fabrics can be excellent for awnings and outdoor furniture fabrics.
  • Industrial or High-Risk: Environments with open flames, sparks, or extreme heat require specialized flame-resistant protective clothing and materials. Fabrics like Nomex, Kevlar, and other fire-resistant textiles are excellent for these applications.

Required Level of Protection


Flame-retardant materials can help delay the spread of fire while providing extra time to evacuate or fight the flames. On the other hand, flame-resistant fabrics are designed to self-extinguish when the source of the fire is removed. This can help prevent the fire from spreading.


It's important to note that no fabric is entirely fireproof. However, certain flame-resistant materials can stand up to extremely high temperatures for a long period of time offering critical protection.


Durability Requirements


Due to their fire-resistant fibers, flame-resistant textiles are often the preferred choice for scenarios requiring long-lasting fire protection.


It’s important to remember that flame-retardant treatments lose their effectiveness due to washing, wear, or environmental exposure. This is why it is important to consider the feasibility of reapplying flame-retardant spray or treatment.


Standards and Regulations


  • Industry-Specific: In certain industries, specific fire-safety regulations and standards (NFPA 701, ASTM, etc.) may apply. Ensure your fabric selection aligns with the relevant requirements.
  • Public or Commercial Spaces: Public buildings usually have strict fire codes. Ensure your fabric aligns with local regulations.

See the Fabric Selection at Trivantage


At Trivantage, we understand the importance of fire safety for individuals, businesses, and destinations. Our extensive collection of flame-retardant and flame-resistant fabrics is perfect for various applications, including outdoor spaces, marine settings, and DIY flame-resistant clothing.


Get in touch with our knowledgeable team today to discuss which fire-resistant or retardant fabrics best suit your project’s needs.

Earth Week: Recycling with Customers

We are all stewards of the Earth, and that responsibility is on full display this week as Earth Week is recognized around the world.


At Trivantage®, we joined our parent company, Glen Raven, in highlighting our commitment to sustainable best practices through the launch of our 2023 Sustainability Report. Trivantage proudly uses 100% renewable electricity for its facilities, and the report details the role hydroelectric, solar, and biomass plays in reaching 100%.


Additionally, a key goal is to help our customers recycle an additional 1 million pounds of Glen Raven products by 2025, and we are tracking well. In 2023, more than 41,000 pounds of product was recycled as part of the Recycle My Sunbrella program. In addition, we have helped our customers recycle nearly 222,000 pounds of Glen Raven products over the past four years.


We encourage you to check out Recycle My Sunbrella and learn how you can participate. The program provides you with a special take-back program for recycling of fabric waste from your operations—or from your customers—such as when replacing boat or awning covers. We accept old, remnant, or used Sunbrella®, FIRESIST®, Dickson®, Exceed, and Hydrofend fabrics. (Please note, we are not able to recycle Sunbrella Horizon® or Sunbrella SeaMark®).


Click here for program details, and you also can drop off your fabric at your nearest Trivantage distribution center.


Please let us know how you recognized Earth Week and we may feature your efforts in the May Market Corner.


Hydrofend® Marine Cover Fabric Goes the Distance

If there’s anything more predictable than spring, it’s the unpredictable weather regardless of location. In fact, the Weather Channel reports that once we hit March 1, the next three months are arguably the most active weather season of the year. Spring sees it all, and at the top of the list is precipitation.


So, are you ready?


At Trivantage®, we’ve got you covered with Hydrofend marine cover fabric. Made from solution-dyed polyester, Hydrofend is engineered for long-term resistance to moisture, mold, mildew, and fading while retaining high tensile and tear strength. Count on Hydrofend to protect any watercraft with a lightweight, breathable fabric that stores easily without cracking and contributes to a smoother towing experience.


To ensure lasting color and superior performance, Hydrofend was designed with a tear strength starting at almost 40 pounds warp and fill. The coating on the underside prevents abrasion while the matte, woven top gives an attractive, outward-facing look. Hydrofend boat fabric is armed with a high double rub count as well as excellent tear and break strength.


Monte Roller, owner of Custom Canvas in Bismark, North Dakota, relies on Hydrofend for his marine projects. His family owned canvas shop specializes in high-end marine covers and enclosures, and Hydrofend ensures he gets his projects just right.


“Hydrofend’s biggest advantage is its sewability,” he said. “The fabric is lighter and stronger than what I’ve previously used for similar projects, and its stretchability and elasticity result in zero wrinkles.”


Because Hydrofend fabrics are coated on the back of the product, the fabric gives you up to six times better water resistance than uncoated fabrics. It lets little water in and water vapor out, and the coating ensures the fabric does not fray – another benefit to Roller.


“I hate strings — it’s as simple as that,” he said. “Hydrofend sews great and does not fray, which means no strings. It’s a solid look for pontoon covers.”


This made in the USA marine cover fabric is available in 13 colors and perfect for use as a boat cover fabric and boat top fabric. It also works equally well for boat enclosures and storage covers. Do you have customers who are worried about how their furniture will hold up against pollen season? Hydrofend cover fabric keeps outdoor seating clean, while also resisting mold and mildew.


For powerful protection and lasting durability, shop Hydrofend today. Hydrofend fabric is covered by a 5-year limited warranty (3-year limited for Deep Maroon and Radiant Red). Be sure to match with Hydrofend binding .


For more information, contact your Trivantage sales representative or call us at 800-786-1876.


Trivantage® Spring Savings: Priced to Move

Spring into savings at Trivantage!


You won’t want to miss some incredible spring savings and specials from Trivantage. Our deals on awning fabrics are priced to move and therefore moving fast.


Trivantage Clearance Awning Fabric – From backyard to businesses, shop now to stock up and save on fabrics fit for many applications.


Dickson North American Collection – Spend less on luxury and longevity and save up to 55% on 50+ water-repellent awning fabric options in a variety of modern colorways, stripes, and solids.


These deals and others won’t last long! Click here to review even more products and specials on upholstery fabric, hardware, thread, and more.


How Marine Textiles Have Improved Over the Years

Much like any other industry, marine textiles have greatly improved over the years due to new technology, research, and a lot of testing. From shade tops and covers to marine upholstery, these fabrics fight against the sun, salt corrosion, and even the occasional surprise storm.


These transformations have made an incredible impact for all mariners. Not only are today’s marine textiles more protective, but they’re also much more versatile. Below, we’ll explore the journey of marine fabrics throughout history.


Historical Background & Advancements of Marine Fabrics


When sailors, scientists, and governments get together, something magical is bound to happen. That said, we’ve sailed past the days of rough canvas and are now in an age of high-tech marine fabric.


Through a lot of testing and research, we now have a much better understanding of how mother nature affects marine fabric, and how we can combat it.


How it Started


Sailors used to rely on canvas and linen for sails, awnings, and boat covers. While those natural fibers were great for enhancing sustainability, it led to various challenges, including a heavy weight, excessive water absorption, and being prone to rot and mildew. Plus, the longer they stayed in the sun, the more their appearance and functionality degraded.


The Shift to Synthetic Fibers


When materials like nylon and polyester came along, it marked a significant advancement. Modern synthetic materials, like marine vinyl and solution-dyed acrylics, are:


  • More durable
  • Mildew resistant
  • Water-resistant
  • UV resistant
  • Easier to maintain

  • These advancements, along with improvements to marine accessories, have helped make what used to be a grueling journey over the seas much more comfortable and feasible in the modern age.


    Influence of Fabric Enhancements on Boat Design and Performance


    Marine textile innovations have absolutely revolutionized the boating industry. A few of the most notable improvements include:


    • Lighter & Faster Boats: The reduced weight from water-repellent fabrics helps improve speed and efficiency while on the water.
    • Improved Sail Design: Better sailcloth materials leads to overall improved performance.
    • Ability to Withstand the Elements: Durable, waterproof covers and marine tops provide protection in various conditions.
    • Stylistically Flexible: Fade-resistant fabrics in diverse colors allow you to add a personalized touch to your boat while ensuring its protection. .

    The Environmental Impact of Marine Fabric Updates


    The modernization of marine upholstery fabrics hasn’t just enhanced overall performance, but it has also had a positive impact on environmental sustainability. That's because these long-lasting materials (ex. solution-dyed acrylics, marine-grade vinyl, etc.) greatly reduce how often you need to replace them. As a result, they create less material waste for the landfills.


    Many leading brands are putting eco-friendly manufacturing processes first. They do this by focusing more on recycled materials while minimizing the amount of water and energy they consume during the production process. Additionally, the shift towards UV-resistant and mildew-resistant fabrics means there’s less of a need for chemical treatments, which reduces the eco-footprint.


    Selecting Top-Quality Marine Textiles


    At Trivantage, we offer a wide range of marine-grade fabrics, including Sunbrella® Horizon®, Stamoid® Marine Fabric, Hydrofend®, and other top brands. These brands, and many others, deploy cutting-edge science to improve the durability, UV resistance, and aesthetics of their marine fabrics.


    From bimini tops to boat upholstery, our collection of high performance fabrics includes water-resistant and waterproof options, mildew-resistant materials, plus heavy-duty canvas fabrics. Explore our extensive selection of marine fabrics today to find the perfect fit for your next project.


    Differences Between Water-Resistant & Waterproof Fabric

    There may not seem like there’s a big difference between water-resistant and waterproof materials. However, each has different applications and levels of effectiveness. Whether it's for outdoor seating, awnings, or boat covers, making the right selection for your next outdoor project can have a huge impact on the durability and overall functionality of your fabrics.

    Below, we’ll explain what makes these fabrics different, and how to make the right choice for your next project.


    Defining Water-Resistance and Waterproofing


    Water-resistance: These fabrics are designed to repel water. While there are many ways to achieve this level of resistance, the most common methods usually include fabrics with a tight weave or special coating. Water-resistant materials can protect against splashes and spills, while also providing some protection against rain and water droplets.



    Waterproof: If a fabric is waterproof, it means it offers a 100% protective barrier. These kinds of materials are usually enhanced with waterproof coatings or made from waterproof substances, which help them handle prolonged and heavy exposure to downpours, big splashes, waves, and more.



    Measuring Waterproof vs. Water Resistant


    Manufacturers and third party testers can measure the level of protection offered using certain tests. For example, the hydrostatic head test gauges the amount of water pressure a fabric can withstand before it fails (i.e., leaks). Generally, the higher the water-protection rating, the better it is at resisting water damage.


    If you’re in search of the fabrics with the highest resistance levels, one of the best materials includes solution-dyed acrylics, which are offered in the Sunbrella fabric line.



    Pros and Cons of Water-Resistant Fabrics


    These materials can be great for certain applications, and not so great for others. Before buying a water-resistant fabric, you should keep the following benefits and drawbacks in mind:


    Pros:


    • More breathable than 100% waterproof options
    • Best for light to moderate protection needs (i.e., upholstery)

    Cons:


    • If exposed to heavy or prolonged rain, it could become saturated
    • Most likely won’t endure harsh or long-term wet conditions


    Pros and Cons of Waterproof Fabrics


    There are many benefits to using waterproof fabric for your next project. However, there are also a few disadvantages you should also be aware of:


    Pros:


    • Maximum protection against water, even in the most extreme conditions
    • Usually best for heavy-duty applications (i.e., marine enclosures, tent fabric, and canopies)
    • Incredibly durable and weather resistant

    Cons:


    • Not as breathable as water-resistant fabrics, which can lead to excessive condensation


    When to Use Each Type of Fabric


    Your project may require use of waterproof, waterproof fabrics, or both. However, each has specific use-cases.


    Water-Resistant Fabrics


    Water-resistant fabrics are ideal for shaded areas that aren’t likely to be exposed to direct water — for example, a light mist or occasional splashes of water. That can include your everyday upholstery, casual covers, etc. Some of the best fabrics that offer water-resistant properties include:


    • Acrylic
    • Polyester
    • Nylon
    • Waxed Cotton
    • Microfiber

    Waterproof Fabrics


    Waterproof fabrics are ideal for areas that are likely to face heavy water exposure. This may include bimini tops and other types of enclosures that require some form of all-weather protection. A few of the best waterproof products include:


    • Marine Vinyl
    • Vinyl Laminate
    • Vinyl Coated


    The Basics of Care and Maintenance


    If you want to keep your enclosures, drapery, fixtures, and furniture covers in pristine condition, you’ll need to clean them regularly. In most cases, this only requires you to use mild soap and a bit of water.


    If it’s particularly dirty or hasn’t been cleaned in a while, you may want to use a more powerful solution like Sunbrella Clean, 303 Fabric Guard, or IMAR Stamoid Marine Vinyl Cleaner. Otherwise, we’d advise against using harsh chemicals that will destroy or at least diminish the effectiveness of your materials. Learn basic care for both fabrics below.


    • Caring For Your Water-Resistant Fabrics: These fabrics are produced with a durable water-repellent (DWR) coating that turns water into beads and helps it easily roll off the surface. If you want these fabrics to remain effective, regularly applying the appropriate water-repellent treatment will help.
    • Taking Care of Your Waterproof Fabrics: Though the waterproof membrane stops any water from seeping through, if you want these to outlast the warranty, it’s best to ensure they are properly ventilated. Doing so will help you prevent mildew and mold from growing on the fabric.

    Additional Care Tips:


    • Follow manufacturer instructions when washing your materials.
    • Unless absolutely necessary, don’t expose your fabrics to extreme heat or cold.
    • Store fabrics in a cool, dry place.
    • Check fabrics regularly for signs of wear. If you do find any damages, repair them as quickly as possible.


    Making the Right Choice for Your Needs


    Deciding between water-resistant and waterproof fabrics requires you to consider the level of water exposure, desired breathability, and your budget. At Trivantage, we offer a wide variety of high-quality fabrics that cater to all needs.


    Whether you’re looking for mildew-resistant marine canvas for your boat covers, awnings, or outdoor furniture, we’ve got you covered. Check out our extensive fabric collection today.