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Choosing a commercial fabric

Choosing a commercial fabric






+ let the human skin ‘breathe’.+ feel good on the dining table.+ hold their whiteness after multiple washing.+ make warm outerwear.+ can be treated so as to be flame retardant. + wear out very slowly.+ little damaged by wash chemicals.+ show less shrinkage than natural fibres.+ hold a bright colour very well.+ can be manufactured as inherently flame retardant.



– give some colour fade in multiple washing.- shrink more than synthetics.- are slowly degraded by wash chemicals.- are slower to dry than synthetics.- need good ironing or pressing. – need care to avoid ‘greying’ of whites and pastels.- not so comfortable as natural fibres in hot weather.- are less easy to starch (for table linen).- easily damaged by a cigarette.- melt and burn in a fire.



  • Starched white cotton for a smart restaurant needing good stain removal.
  • Coloured cotton, for matching décor with quality texture and handle.
  • Coloured polyester-cotton for “easy care” with good soil and stain removal.
  • Coloured polyester for bright colour retention and easiest soil and stain removal.


  • Cotton or linen for breathable luxury and comfort on the bed.
  • White cotton for bright, crisp and fresh result.
  • Polyester-cotton for easy care.
  • Textured polyester for easy soil and stain removal, minimum wash costs, long life durability and inherent flame retardancy.


  • Soft cotton pile for comfort.
  • Woven cotton or linen for kitchen use.
  • Heaviest pile gives maximum luxury and greatest absorbency.
  • White for hairdressing and hotel use, to allow for best stain removal.
  • Coloured towels for a more homely feel.
  • VAT dyed towels for swimming pool use.


  • Washable printed cotton, polyester-cotton or polyester for accommodation blocks, hostels.
  • Inherently flame retardant polyester; polyester-cotton or modacrylic for public areas or where fire certificates are required.
  • Heavy cotton with thermal lining for heat and sound insulation and for traditional luxury.
  • Polyester; polyester-cotton or modacrylic for minimum shrinkage in washing and lowest wash cost.


  • White cotton for chef’s wear and heavy food soiling to give good soil and stain removal with breathable comfort.
  • Polyester-cotton for general light duty workwear for easy care comfort with good soil and stain release.
  • Coloured flame retardant cotton for engineering workwear e.g. to be worn beneath welder’s apron and gauntlets.
  • Continuous filament polyester for workwear that must not generate lint or particles.


  • Wool jackets for textured warmth and comfort with monthly drycleaning.
  • Polyester or polyester-cotton for washable shirts, jackets, skirts and trousers that may need regular laundering to remove food and catering soiling.
  • Wool-polyester business suits for monthly drycleaning that combine breathable comfort with practical durability in office or factory.

What our clients say...

  • “Our machines have come from several suppliers – there is a big difference in the standards of support we receive and Armstrong gets 10 out of 10 – their service has been consistently excellent over several years and when you’re as busy as we are, that’s very important.”

    Jacqui Butler

  • “It’s important to get the right equipment for the job, too small and it won’t do it properly, too big and you are wasting money, energy and space. It is also important to deal with a company you trust to supply reliable equipment and give you the support you need. As expected, the installation went smoothly, we have never had the slightest problem and I know Armstrong will deal with it if we do.”

    Colin Farquharson, St Ermin’s Hotel

  • “Our relationship with Armstrong goes back a long way, and they continue to give us excellent service and extremely reliable equipment.”

    Suzy Brandwood, The Elms School

  • “On average the equipment is working 14 hours a day throughout the week.  The new dryers are brilliant, easy to use, efficient and reliable!”

    Wendy Clayton, Chepstow Nursing & Care Home

  • “The machines are kept very busy, work well and have been very reliable.”

    Fr Oliver, Douai Abbey

  • “That’s the thing with Armstrong, if you ask for service you get it – quickly.  We know we can rely on them which is really important as the speed and quality of the laundry is vital to the hotel.”

    James Suter, The Gliffae Country House Hotel

  • “As before I am delighted with the dryers, they are really efficient and reliable and the customers find them very easy to use.”

    Shaid Aziz, Bright Wash Launderette

  • “We’re delighted with the new dryer. We pride ourselves on a very personal level of care here, keeping up with the laundry and it all coming out looking good is an important aspect of this care and this machine has been excellent since it was installed.”

    Marilyn Collins, Oaklands Care Home