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Happy National Textile Day!

Posted: May 3, 2023

Photo of textile selection board and color references.

In 2016, Valley Forge Fabrics – a fabric product manufacturer out of Fort Lauderdale, FL – founded National Textile Day to celebrate the value of textiles. According to the National Calendar, the day is scheduled to be observed on May 3rd every year.

Every person and industry uses textiles in their day-to-day life. The difference between textiles and fabric is that textiles stand alone as the “unfinished product,” that could also be added to other materials to create something entirely different. On the other hand, fabric is considered the “ingredient” that when mixed with other fabric or materials, makes up the “finished product.” Ultimately, not all textiles are fabric, but all fabric comes from textiles.

The textile supply chain starts with raw materials and/or synthetic fibers, which creates either the technical textiles – used more for their performance than their aesthetic (i.e., automotive applications, meditech and agrotech) – or yarn that is spun to create fabric for the clothing sector. Textiles can be found not only in the clothes we wear, but also in the furniture we buy, the Band-Aids we use, and the mulch mats we lay down in the spring. We literally cannot escape it.

At Urban Valet Cleaners, most of our business revolves around the textiles that make up the clothing and home tech sector. We clean clothes, boots, comforters, and area rugs; all of which derive from textiles. If you would like to learn more, check out the fiber content on some of your own clothing and research the best ways to maintain it. If you have any questions, you can call us at 716-855-4351 or head to our website to learn more. Happy National Textile Day!

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