Microfiber is a synthetic fiber that is thus named because it is made up of microscopic threads. Consequently, this fiber tends to be very thin and lightweight. In addition to these qualities, it is also highly absorbent, durable and can be easily woven into a variety of shapes. Qualities such as these have earned it the moniker of ‘wonder fabric’ and ’21st century fabric’.
Microfiber finds a lot of applications in a variety of industries. It is used widely in sportswear because of its absorbent qualities and durability. You may have seen jerseys and undershirts made of this material. Since microfiber breathes like cotton, it also helps keeping the skin cool – something other synthetic materials such as ployester fail to do.
Microfiber is also finding a lot of uses in the furniture industry. You may have seen microfiber sofas and couches at your local furniture store. This fabric is wonderfully soft and very easy to clean, making it an ideal material for making covering furniture. As said before, its durability makes it very desirable in this function.
Microfiber also works great in bedding material, sheets and pillow covers. It is wrinkle resistant, has a soft texture and can be easily cleaned (it is machine washable, unlike some of the other ‘new age fibers’). Microfiber is a very low maintenance material when compared to something like cotton, which creases easily and lacks durability. This fabric also has a natural lustre which adds to its feeling of ‘richness’.
The biggest disadvantage of microfiber is that it is a bit on the expensive side. Although new technology is fast eroding this flaw, this fabric still remains on the higher side of the price scale, placing it beyond the reach of the budget conscious buyer. However, if you do your market research properly, you can still find some great deals on some great microfiber furniture, bedding and sheets.