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What is Polypropylene Fabric?

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Polypropylene Fabric is a modern textile used for upholstery, industrial, and manufacturing applications. It’s soft, lightfast, and easy to clean because polypropylene has no active dye sites. It’s also super strong and can be cleaned with bleach; even with dark colors. This makes it ideal for a performance fabric without the use of stain protectants or chemical treatments.

What is Polypropylene made of?

 Polypropylene, also known as Olefin, is a synthetic thermoplastic polymer derived from oil and natural gas production. Up until the late 1950's, the gas propylene was a waste product of oil and natural gas facilities. It was not until Italian scientist, Giulio Natta, polymerized the gas propylene and made a commercially feasible plastic polypropylene. Polypropylene is then extruded through a shower head like device known as a spinneret. The spinneret creates the shape and length of threads. After the threads cool, they are spun together in various color and size combinations to make yarns. The polypropylene yarns are then woven into fabric.

Giulio Natta - Italian Nobel Prize Winner for Thermoplastics

Polypropylene Fabric Characteristics

As a fiber, polypropylene is strong, fade-resistant, and inherently stain resistant. This is because polypropylene has no active dye sites after it is synthesized. If you do a search for dying polypropylene, you will find that it is impossible to dye or change the color of the polypropylene after it has been extruded. Only when polypropylene is in a hot liquid form is it able to change colors with organic and inorganic pigments. This is awesome news! Polypropylene is inherently stain resistant due to its non-dye able characteristics. This makes it ideal for upholstery and textile applications.

Take upholstery fabric for example. Technically, the polypropylene will never get dirty. This is because of the inactive dye sites. If something spills or soils the fabric then the stain is sitting between the fibers. This makes it extremely easy to clean the whole cushion with household cleaners like bleach, without running the risk of changing the color of your sofa. It’s colorfast, resistant, cleanable fabric.

Violet May Upholstery


Where can I buy polypropylene fabric?

                You may be able to find polypropylene fabric online pretty much anywhere, but not all were created equal. Most polypropylene fabric is imported from China where quality control can become an issue. Not to mention if your order is out of stock, it could take more than 3 months to get it woven and shipped. That’s a long time to wait for reupholstering your furniture.

                Thankfully, Revolution Fabrics is a domestic manufacturer and supplier of polypropylene fabric. We do not import Polypropylene from China, India, or any foreign country. We find it necessary to have a domestic polypropylene supply chain due to that fact it takes less energy to transport and produce as well as provides jobs to Americans. Our yarns are sourced less than 300 miles from our mill in Kings Mountain, NC. If your order is ever out of stock, it only takes 3 weeks to weave and ship it to you. We also offer wholesale fabric options for interior designers, upholstery professionals, and fabric stores.


To purchase polypropylene fabric by the yard, visit our store at revolutionfabrics.com

 We offer a wide variety of indoor and outdoor fabric that resists stains; perfect for indoor furniture and outdoor furniture. Our yarns are solution-dyed making them visibly unstainable.  

To become a wholesaler of Revolution Performance Fabrics, sign up at https://revolutionfabrics.com/pages/wholesale-upholstery-fabric

COVID-19 Update***

Polypropylene Face Masks

Although we are extremely honored to be included in recent articles by the LA Times, MSN, Apple News, and more, We are in no way trying to sell or market our fabrics to be used as N 95 face masks.  We were not told that our blog post was linked to more information about polypropylene.

Polypropylene face masks are some of the most used face masks in the medical community. They are usually made from non-woven polypropylene fabric. The difference between Revolution Fabric and face mask fabric is that we weave all our fabrics to go on furniture in your home. Revolution Fabrics does not manufacture non-woven polypropylene.

N95 Face Masks or Respirators are typically non-woven polypropylene to achieve the 95% particle test. This test is conducted by the FDA. At least 95% of particles have to be prevented from passing through the face mask. Typically .3 micron is the standard. With proper fitment to the user, these masks block more than 95% of particles.

To view all levels of medical masks: Click this link

Minimum Protection Masks

Thank you, everyone, for the courage and willingness to help during this time.  If you are making and donating masks, please let us know how we can help. We will all get through this together. Please reach out and thank every EMS, doctor, nurse, police officer, fire department personnel you know. They are and will always be the heroes of this pandemic.

If you are looking to make a minimum protection mask, the best fabric we make for this application would be our washable Revolution Plus fabric. 

These fabrics are stain-resistant, anti-microbial, bleach cleanable, and 100% woven in the U.S.A. 



We do not make N95 fabric. We really do wish we could help the world right now.

Revolution is not N95 approved face mask fabric and we do not make, source, or sell fabric for face masks. Revolution Fabric is for upholstery and home decor purposes. We are not using this blog to make, market, or sell Revolution Fabrics as medically approved face mask fabric, or to market our fabric in general.The reason we wrote a blog was to inform the public that the polypropylene fabric we make is for upholstery, the benefits, and why we use that fabric.

To find a list of approved vendors, Please Click here  

**The additional section, on face mask fabric, was added in response to all the inquiries for Revolution Fabric being used for face masks during the COVID-19 pandemic. Again, Revolution fabric is not N95 approved face mask fabric. I wrote about face masks to inform the public we make woven polypropylene for furniture and not non-woven polypropylene for face masks.** 

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  • I’ve had numerous tote bags hanging in my coat closet for years and was wondering how they could be laundered / sanitized so that I could convert or cut them down be used as filters in homemade face masks. Thanks !

    wanda britt on
  • I’ve had numerous tote bags hanging in my coat closet for years and was wondering how they could be laundered / sanitized so that I could convert or cut them down be used as filters in homemade face masks. Thanks !

    wanda britt on
  • Hey Everyone, Thank you for commenting on the blog. I will try and answer everyone’s questions the best I can. I do believe that landscaping fabric would work to make a MINIMUM PROTECTION MASK. Again, any other type of mask needs to be certified for medical use before being donated to a hospital. These minimum protection masks are being recommended in Europe by the CDC.

    Anderson Gibbons on
  • If it’s a non-woven polypropylene, i would use it as a double layering to the outer fabric.

    Be Genuine on
  • I bought some smart fab for my masks.

    Jana O’Dor on

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