Jessica McClaine | November 21, 2017

4 Benefits of a Stain Resistant Fabric for Kids

“My children never make messes. They are so careful and always clean up after themselves.”

That’s a quote from…no one. No parent has ever uttered those statements about their young children (or older ones, in most cases). Kids are little tornadoes of messiness moving through your house every day. It’s the way it is, and parents resign themselves to the fact that having stylish, clean furniture and little kids are not two things that can co-exist. Or can they?

Furniture manufacturers have embraced the advantages of performance fabrics and now offer great choices for the consumer who wants an affordable, stylish piece that’s also stain-resistant and easy to clean. Furniture lines offer a variety of pieces constructed with high quality, affordable stain-resistant fabrics. You don’t have to choose between living with kids or living in beautiful home. Let me tell you four benefits of having furniture made with a stain-resistant fabric for kids.           

Clean it and forget about it.
Stain-resistant fabrics are engineered to be easy to clean. Let’s say you have a light gray sofa made from a stain-resistant and water-resistant fabric. Little Susie curls up on it with a purple popsicle, and 20 minutes later you have a purple and gray polka dot sofa cushion. What do you do?

You clean it quickly and you move on with life. The liquid will bead up on the surface and come off easily by blotting with a dry cloth. And some stain-resistant fabrics use advanced technology that creates a barrier protection which prevents liquids from soaking below the surface and damaging your cushions. Once you’ve cleaned the surface, you don’t have to worry that smells will emerge later.

Worry less, relax more.
I’ve talked about cleanability, but durability is another benefit of stain-resistant fabric for kids. When you’re raising a family, budgets can be tight, and stretching every dollar you can is important. You need furniture that is durable and can withstand the daily use (or abuse) of life in a house with kids. Spend the time with your family relaxing together on the sofa, not worrying if you’ll have to buy a new one in a couple of years.

  1. Let the kids be kids.

Ever get tired of saying “no don’t do that” to your kids? What if you could see your child running by the white sofa in ninja turtle face paint and not cringe? Stain-resistant fabrics give you some leeway to let kids just be kids. Because the fabrics are easy to clean and resist damage, your bundles of joy can do all those things that make childhood so joyful without destroying your crisp white linen sofa that brings you so much happiness. 

  1. Be stylish again.

So maybe you’re not wearing mom jeans, but you are feeling a little out of touch with the latest trends. Wouldn’t it be nice to have the stylish home that’s the envy of everyone in the neighborhood?

Performance fabrics, stain resistant, moisture-repellant – these words don’t exactly conjure images of couture. But, in fact, there are stain-resistant performance fabric makers who are setting the trends for the season with textures, colors and patterns inspired by the fashion runways of Paris and New York City. You don’t have to compromise style for performance.


Kid-friendly isn’t the only reason to choose a performance fabric for your furniture. Learn about more benefits for the whole family.

Performance Fabrics - 7 Reasons Why

Jessica McClaine

Jessica McClaine

Jessica is a digital marketing and online sales coordinator with a background in textile design. She’s passionate about anything creative or DIY. That’s probably why she and her husband bought a fixer-upper with "great bones," but in need of lots of work. Send Jessica your favorite meme or connect with her to share your creative ideas, or to ask her anything about LiveSmart fabric.