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How a Plastic Bottle Becomes Fabric

Posted by Guilford of Maine on September 30, 2016

Yes, it's true. Most of the recycled polyester we use originates from plastic water and soda bottles. While it sounds pretty unbelievable that a hard drinking container can turn into soft fabric, it's actually a relatively simple process and is used often in our industry as well as the clothing industry. This is the story of how a plastic bottle is turned into fabric.

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Why It Matters Where Your Fabric Comes From

Posted by Guilford of Maine on September 20, 2016

A view of some looms in our weave room - Guilford, Maine

When we purchase anything, whether it is a piece of clothing or a piece of furniture, it is easy to overlook where that product is made. It's easy to forget about all of the processes, people, expertise, resources and energy it took to get it into your hands. A lot of fabric is made overseas, but let's examine some of the drawbacks and why we think it's beneficial to purchase textiles made in the USA and Canada.

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Topics: Textiles 101 Sustainability

Upholstery vs. Panel vs. Acoustic vs. Cubicle

Posted by Guilford of Maine on August 31, 2016

What makes a fabric something that is made for you to sit on instead of something to wrap a panel with? Or hang in a hospital? Are the fabrics really all that different? The answer is yes and no, as we will explain in this post.

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Topics: Upholstery Fabric Textiles 101 Panel Fabric Acoustics Acoustic Fabric

Content Matters: Polyester

Posted by Guilford of Maine on July 22, 2016

Patterns shown starting bottom left to upper right: George, Pizzazz, George, Limelight, Mod

Polyester is the most common and versatile fiber type that we weave fabric with in our mills and most of our upholstery, panel/acoustic and cubicle fabrics are woven out of polyester. In this article we will cover what polyester is, where it comes from, and its advantages and disadvantages.

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Topics: Upholstery Fabric Textiles 101 Panel Fabric Acoustic Fabric

Rendering Images Now Available!

Posted by Guilford of Maine on April 22, 2016

We all know the saying "a rendering is worth a thousands words" (right?), but if you don't have the images to make the rendering, then it isn't worth any words. That's why we are working hard to create rendering images of all our textiles so the next time you are toiling away on your latest awesome project that uses Guilford of Maine textiles, you won't be left empty handed when it comes time to really wow your client.

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How Acoustic Fabric is Tested

Posted by Guilford of Maine on February 29, 2016

When we say our Acoustic Textiles have been 3rd party tested to perform like they should, what does that mean? In this post we will investigate how our Acoustic Textiles are tested and what those numbers mean.

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Topics: Textiles 101 Acoustics Acoustic Fabric

Infographic: How Textiles Are Made

Posted by Guilford of Maine on October 21, 2015

The processes of making textiles can be, well, a little bit complicated. There are a lot of different steps that have to come together in order to make your chairs, acoustic panels, lounge seating, cubicle panels or anywhere else you stick fabric look and perform great. Some of us are visual learners, so we put together a handy infographic to give a broad overview of what the process looks like at our mills in Maine and North Carolina.


 

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Topics: Wallcovering Fabric Upholstery Fabric Textiles 101 Panel Fabric Acoustic Fabric

Pre-Consumer vs. Post-Consumer Content

Posted by Guilford of Maine on September 30, 2015

When it comes to recycled content in fabric, all is not created equal. Pre-Consumer, Post-Consumer, Post-Industrial and Recycled are all terms used in the content listing of textiles but mean different things.

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How Does Fabric Get Its Color?

Posted by Guilford of Maine on August 31, 2015

You have probably heard the terms "piece dyed" or "yarn dyed" thrown around, but do you know what those terms mean and how it affects the fabric?

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Topics: Textiles 101 Color

Up the Roll vs. Railroaded Fabric

Posted by Guilford of Maine on August 11, 2015

Have you ever wondered what it means when a fabric specification says "pattern shown railroaded"? What does it mean when a fabric is railroaded?


 

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Topics: Upholstery Fabric Textiles 101

What Are ACT Symbols and What Are They Useful For?

Posted by Guilford of Maine on July 31, 2015

As a designer or specifier, you've probably seen these symbols around while browsing textile websites, but do you know what they stand for and how can they make your job easier? Read on to find out.
 

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Topics: Upholstery Fabric Textiles 101 Testing

Where the Magic Happens: Weaving

Posted by Guilford of Maine on May 22, 2015

Most of you probably remember weaving some yarn together on a piece of cardboard in grade school, but what does a state-of-the-art loom look like that can weave hundreds of yards of upholstery, panel, acoustic or cubicle fabric a day? Check out our brief video on weaving showing how it's done.


 

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How to Keep the Upholstery You Specify Cleaner, Longer

Posted by Guilford of Maine on May 15, 2015

We all know the best way to keep upholstery clean is to not have anything spill on it. But this is the real world, where dirt and spills are bound to happen. Luckily, there are stain repellents.

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Topics: Upholstery Fabric Textiles 101

Content Matters: Pros and Cons of Olefin

Posted by Guilford of Maine on May 8, 2015

Pictured above: Ditty, Xceed and Studio 54
 


 

What a textile is made of can make a huge difference when it comes to performance, durability, cleanability and where it should be used. Using a textile with the wrong content can result in poor performance in the field. In this post we'll talk about Olefin. What it is and its benefits and disadvantages.
 

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Topics: Upholstery Fabric Textiles 101 Acoustic Fabric