Wholesale MicroSuede and Faux Suede for Upholstery
When it comes to interior decor and design, faux suede (sometimes called microsuede) is a go-to synthetic fabric that is versatile, durable, very easy to stylize depending on your decorative motif. Utilizing densely packed small polyester tufted fibers, microsuede achieves the finish and feel of authentic suede while being more affordable and more durable than suede, cotton or wool fabrics.
If you’re looking for a lush leather-like appearance without the cost and rigidity, microsuede should be your go-to choice. Decorative Fabrics Direct offers a wide selection of microsuede, faux suede and velvet upholstery fabrics. You can shop from top faux suede brands and find a wide range of designs at mill direct pricing.
Real Suede vs. Faux Suede
Traditional suede material is made from leather hides. The leather is split and the upper grain is removed to reveal only the fuzzy, napped underside. The napped surface is further processed to arrive at the desired smoothness and nap height. This technique of creating suede results in a much softer and pliable leather. Real suede leather is used for furniture upholstery but is much more expensive than faux suede and is very susceptible to water and stain damage.
That’s where faux suede comes in. As a real suede alternative, faux suede is composed of durable, resilient and stain resistant polyester fiber. It is much less expensive than real suede yet has a very similar look and feel. Microsuede is composed of a synthetic fiber is available in numerous colors.
Common Faux Suede Applications For Interior Decorating
There are various upholstery applications where faux suede or microsuede fabric is commonly used. Being soft to the touch and durable, it’s great for high-contact situations. Below are some of the most common uses of microsuede or faux suede upholstery fabric:
- Sofa, Couch, Bench and Chair Upholstery
- Bed Covers
- Ottoman and Footstools
- Upholstered Headboards
- Restaurant Seating
Faux Suede Upholstery Fabric FAQs
What is faux suede?
Faux suede is a synthetic fabric designed to have the look and feel of unfinished, napped leather. It is made from polyester fibers that are lightly tufted on one side. Microsuede is highly durable, soft to the touch and is able to be dyed and patterned to suit your design motif.
Where to buy faux suede fabric?
If you’re looking online for a quality selection of wholesale priced faux suede fabric for upholstery and drapery applications, Decorative Fabrics Direct offers a large selection of colors and designs available to purchase by the yard. Browsing is easy by the color selection of your choice and samples are available to take a closer look before purchasing yardage for your decorating project. All of our microsuede fabrics are made from the highest quality materials and are available at distributor wholesale pricing.
How do you clean faux suede?
It is recommended to first check the cleaning instructions provided by the fabric producer before attempting to clean faux suede fabric. Generally, the process of cleaning faux suede is very similar to cleaning real suede. In order to properly clean your faux suede:
- With a suede brush (soft bristles), brush the dirty area to loosen the dirt and grime. Doing this raises the nap and helps remove any loose debris from the material. For small stains or blemishes, this may be enough to clean the area.
- Once you’ve properly cleaned the area, wet your cloth with a soapy water mixture and gently dab and wipe at the dirty area. Once the stain has been lifted, gently dab the area with a dry cloth to remove the moisture and wetness.
- Allow the material to air dry.
- Once the fabric is dry, brush the area again to raise the nap.
Because faux suede is composed of polyester, it has a degree of water resistance. If your faux suede is dirty, you can typically clean it with a light mixture of soapy water. However, it is not a waterproof material and just like traditional suede, if it is exposed to excessive water or moisture the fabric can be damaged. Your best bet is to keep faux suede material as dry as possible.