The hospitality sector is always about two things, impressing guests and saving costs to make profits. There are several ways in which they achieve this, and fabric designers are always helpful. In the past few months, we have seen many innovations coming through in the hospitality textile industry. The following are a few notable ones:
Preference for Durability
Designers in the hospitality industry are always trying to develop cost-effective ways to bring that luxurious touch. While at this, they still keep durability as a critical concept. Velvet has been providing that deluxe aesthetic feel for some time. But the fabric comes with a lot of shortcomings. It is expensive and cannot withstand the regular wear and tear that comes with continued usage in this industry.
Most hospitality businesses are steadily shifting to velveteen or velour; some even using both. These two provide the same luxury as velvet without compromising durability.
With growing technology, fabrics have finish applications that give them a more prolonged lifespan. This trend is typical for materials used in places with frequent usage of foodstuffs and drinks. The products are resistant to stain, odor and retain their color for long. So, operators do not replace them more often.
The Antibacterial Technology
In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, hospitality brands are developing ways to make their environment safer. The economy is reopening, so everyone is looking to assure their guest of new effective cleaning methods. Manufacturers and designers are trying to support the movement by address the highest touch point fabrics such as bat linen and bedding.
One notable innovation here is the Micro-fresh®, an antibacterial technology by Vision. It is added to bedding such as pillows and duvets and the manufacturing points and lasts up to 50 washes.
The product efficacy is now pasts tests and certification from relevant bodies. Bath and bed linens treated with this product are proven to protect users against Coronavirus. It is more than 88% effective than untreated fabrics and kills 99.99% of pathogens, including Odor-Causing Bacteria, E-coli, Legionella, and Salmonella.
Motorized, Cordless Solar Shades
Window treatment in the hospitality industry is shifting to clean and straightforward with both aesthetic and functionality. Motorized, cordless solar shades are becoming popular due to their convenience, safety, and simplicity where you apply them.
With these shades, one does not have to adjust your curtains manually. All you need to do is push a remote button and watch the blinds open and close.
Some of them come with small panels with rechargeable battery wands at the back. They do not need lift cords as the shades open and shut with help from solar energy.
There are several fabrics of this kind, but a subtle texture is paramount, mainly rattan texture. There are varieties for users, from woven texture to neutral line.
Motorized and cordless solar shades have many benefits, including minimizing wear and tear, quiet and effortless operations. There are also excellent for hard-to-reach windows; you do not need to climb a ladder every morning to open your curtains.
Other Innovation in the Hospitality Industry
Some brands combine various materials such as rayon, polyester, and cotton to develop unique viscose. That way, they give the fabrics some ultra-soft touch.Another development trend the preference for hand-made artisan fabrics like hand-sewn textile and crocheted designs. The only problem is that these pieces are expensive and lack the desired durability.