Back in the 1920s, Waldo Semon, a scientist, developed polyvinyl chloride a.k.a. PVC. It gained more popularity in the 1950s-1960s. It has been used in a wide variety of products (from pipes to clothes). PVC fabric is being used today to create a long list of items that were made from less durable materials and cloths in the past.
PVC also goes by the name ‘vinyl’. This material is made from two basic substances: chlorine (from salt), and ethylene (from crude oil). These two when combined produce ethylene dichloride. When ethylene dichloride undergoes high heat and polymerization, it creates the powder known as ‘polyvinyl chloride resin’. Manufacturers process PVC resin with other materials when making PVC fabric. Different colors and textures are obtained during the process.
Since PVC varies in appearance and rigidity, there is a wide variety when it comes to design and style. It is also available in many different colors. It also comes in shiny or matte finish. Because of this, PVC is used in terms of shower curtains, upholstery, lingerie and rainwear. It has a slick and stretchy surface – making it durable and easy to clean. PVC is also heat and fire-resistant so the use PVC fabric is safe for applications where heat is a main concern. It is also available in 2 or 4-way stretch – making it easy to sew. That’s why it’s also a popular choice when it comes to the garment industry.
Applications in Crafts
Due to PVC’s durability, it can be used to make different household items. It is also easy to clean, and it’s waterproof. One of the many household items that use PVC fabrics are outdoor furniture pieces. This is an ideal choice because of the characteristics it offers to homeowners. This material can stand different elements, and even when you have your kids playing on your outdoor furniture, dripping ice cream on a hot day, or spilling hot chocolate on a cold one – it’s very easy to clean!
Here at Palm Casual, we offer a wide variety of PVC fabrics. Have the luxury to own outdoor furniture items that are easy to clean and stylish at the same time. Check out our available colors, designs and textures that might be what you’ve been looking for. Give us a call at your most convenient time and we will be more than happy to assist you with all your needs. You won’t be disappointed!