What is Olefin fabric?

Olefin UsTime Black

How is Olefin fabric made?

A man-made fibre created in the 1950’s in Italy. Plastic pellets are melted and forced through a spinneret (much like a shower-head) to create a fibre.  Fibres are spun into yarn and woven to create fabric.

As Olefin is tough to dye once woven, the colour process occurs before/during the time the plastic pellets are melted.

Olefin comes in a range of colours and patterns. There are many benefits and can be used both indoors and outdoors.

Benefits of Olefin Fabric:

  • Eco-Friendly, manufacturing Olefin creates very little waste.  Although a chemical process, all ingredients are used, therefore no waste, recycling or further processing.

Once fabric is not needed, it can be broken down to original fibres.  Fibres are rewoven to create new olefin fabric and can be recycled up to 10 times. 

  • UV Resistant, in the manufacturing process dye applied before or during the melting process locks in colours.   The product stays looking bright and fresh for many years.
  • Water Resistance, being made of synthetic fibres Olefin has the ability to resist water and dry quickly. If bean bags or custom covers are in passing rain, they dry quickly compared to other fabrics.
  • Mould and Mildew resistant.  The ability to dry quickly and being water resistant hence, moisture won’t sit on the fabric. Therefore, an environment for mould and mildew does not occur.
  • Low Static, Olefin fabric has a low static transfer. Therefore, there is no risk of getting a shock when sliding across outdoor furniture or bean bags.
  • Stain Resistance, ability to reduce dirt and stains. A huge bonus when you have children or pets who enjoy lounging around.
Dog sleeping on Olefin indoor / outdoor bean bag
Dog sleeping on Olefin indoor / outdoor bean bag

Cleaning Olefin fabric:

It is best to remove cushion covers before cleaning, but if spot cleaning is needed as wipe with a damp cloth may be sufficient. Similarly, if covers need more of a clean, follow these instructions:

  • Mild detergent and water – easy cleaning, just wipe products using water and if needed a mild detergent.
  • Machine wash: cold or warm water and mild detergent – stubborn stains use diluted bleach. Rinse thoroughly with water.
  • Air dry – high temperatures may cause shrinkage or damage fabric
  • Do not Iron – unless at extremely low temperatures
  • Do not Dry Clean – chemicals used in dry cleaning will harm the fabric
  • BEWARE: Oily stains can be difficult to remove, use small amount of bleach on the area and rinse thoroughly

Popular Uses:

  • Outdoor furniture cushions – Daybeds, Lounge settings
  • Throw cushions
  • Bean Bag Chairs or Loungers
  • Car Interiors
  • Rugs
  • Clothing

In conclusion, Resort Style Bean Bags stock a range of bean bags both indoor and outdoor. Sunproof Olefin is used for all Olefin bean bags and are available in a range of colours and patterns. Similarly, custom cushion covers can also be made using Olefin.