In upholstery, choosing the right kind of material for the job is part of the everyday craft. That’s why it’s so important to know the difference between different fabrics and their characteristics. Let’s take leather as an example. While it might look the same, there are major differences between synthetitc ultra-leather and genuine leather.
At Rayco Upholstery, we’ve worked with plenty of aircraft clients who understood the importance of using synthetic ultra-leather for the high traffic/ commercial seating situations. If you’re not sure whether you should use ultra-leather instead of genuine leather for your commercial or private aircraft, we’re here to tell you all about it.
5 Benefits of Using Ultra-Leather
1. DURABILITY and LONGEVITY
Ultra-leather surfaces are made with a polyurethane molecular structure that acts as a foam barrier providing additional cushioning to your upholstered seating. In addition, ultra-leather exceeds heavy duty industry abrasion standards by more than 13 times and it is also scratch, nick and blemish resistant.
2. GOOD in EXTREME WEATHER CONDITIONS
Ultra-leather does really well in extreme weather conditions as well. It cools 50% faster than genuine leather and 20% faster than vinyl. Moreover, cold temperatures won’t stiffen or crack the fabric like genuine leather or vinyl would. That’s why ultra-leather exceeds the industry standards in wear and tear.
The fabric doesn’t contain any plasticizers, heavy metals or stabilizers, which means it’s 100% VOC free. In addition, almost 99% of the chemicals used to create this material are also recycled by the manufacturer, which makes it even more environmentally friendly.
4. LUXURIOUS LOOK
Ultra-leather has the luxurious look and feel of the finest European calfskin with durability and resistance to soils and stain on vinyl fabrics. This soft material is a great alternative to genuine leather as it is also tougher than real calfskin and has superior resistance to punctures, snags and rips.
5. EASY TO CLEAN
The fabric can easily be cleaned with soap and water. For most soils and stains, the material manufacturer recommends spot treatment with a solution of water and Tide brand laundry detergent or equivalent. More stubborn stains may be treated with a water-based multipurpose cleaner/ degreaser such as simple green or equivalent. Solvent cleaners such as nail polish remover or other aromatic solvents are not recommended.
While Ultra-leather may not be the cheapest solution for upholstery, we truly believe that it’s a great investment due to its durability. Isn’t that what you want from the materials you use anyway?
Ready to invest in professional commercial aircraft upholstery in Delaware or Tri-State area? Call us now! Our staff has over 70 years of combined knowledge and experience in cleaning and repairs. In fact, there probably isn’t a job we have not done!
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