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Old 09-08-2011, 10:46   #1
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UltraSuede and Leather

About to get new interior cushions and fabric. I like the ultra suede (except $$) and ultra leather. I need some input and experience...

My question is with comfort...Who has experience with sitting/sleepping on either of these products?

Both claim to to stain/water & mildew resistant...What is your experience with either product?
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Re: Ultra--suede and leather

We redid our saloon upholstry with Ultraleather. It's great stuff, soft to the touch but a bit slippery.
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Re: Ultra--suede and leather

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About to get new interior cushions and fabric. I like the ultra suede (except $$) and ultra leather. I need some input and experience...

My question is with comfort...Who has experience with sitting/sleepping on either of these products?

Both claim to to stain/water & mildew resistant...What is your experience with either product?
Several old threads about ultrasuede on the forum. Consensus was most people loved it. Tough, dog and child resistant.

If you shop around you can find generic versions or remnants that are a lot cheaper and pretty good quality. The real stuff last I checked was about $100/sq yd and up. I found some generic for $10/sq yd. Probably not as good but for that price I'll manage.
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Re: Ultra--suede and leather

surprising how stain free it is at home. However, playing devils advocate, a cloth with a smooth finish (like a fine thread count sheet) will stay cooler in hot weather. Anything fuzzy (like a winter sheet) will not be as cool and refreshing when you seek shelter from the heat! It's a small thing, I know....
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Re: Ultra--suede and leather

I'm waiting to get ours back from the upholsterer but we opted to go with a high quality backed microfiber instead of ultra leather/ultrasuede after talking to our upholstere who has done quite a few boats. Reasons were that microfiber is mildew resistant, stain resistant, prefomrs well on the Wyzbeek test, not as hot to sit on as ultra leather and at about 1/5 the cost of ultra leather, we can change colors if we get bored without going broke,
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Re: Ultra--suede and leather

We have an ultra-suede couch in the saloon and love it. If the leather cushions on our dinette ever wear out, we'll replace them with ultra-suede.
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Re: UltraSuede and Leather

Both products are nice plastic ultra-microfibre fabrics.
“Ultra Suede” is polyester, whilst “Ultra Leather” is polyurethane.
They can both be attractive and durable; and comfortable upon which to sit.
I've never "slepped" on either.

The Wyzenbeek and Martindale tests are the two methods commonly used to predict wear-ability.

The Wyzenbeek test is an abrasion test that tests the fabric's ability to withstand surface wear from rubbing. In this test, the fabric is pulled taut in a frame and rubbed in both the warp and weft (filling) directions, using a piece of #10 cotton duck fabric as the abradant. The number of cycles, or double rubs, completed before the fabric shows noticeable wear is counted and determines the abrasion rating.

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15,000 Cycles Completed - General Contract Upholstery
30,000 Cycles Completed - Heavy Duty Upholstery
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