Fabric Care

Upholstery fabrics are subject to influences by external factors on a daily basis. Abrasion or deterioration can be caused by sharp objects or hard clothing materials (such as jeans, belts or shoes) or sunlight and pollution (such as sand particles or spilled food). These influences can accelerate the effects of normal wear of the fabric. To optimize the life span of your upholstery fabric, we want to draw your attention to the maintenance instructions listed below.

These tips should be regarded as a general advise and can not guarantee avoiding wear over time or complete removal of stains. We are convinced however, that compliance with these rules can increase user comfort and life span of your sofa.

We therefore recommend you to

… vacuum regularly with special upholstery furniture brush
… wipe your furniture regularly using a damp cloth
… have your furniture cleaned by a specialized furniture care company once per year
… always protect your furniture from the direct influx of UV radiation (sunlight or halogen light) to avoid discoloration
… place your furniture away for the immediate vicinity of a heat source
… keep your domestic animals away from the furniture as otherwise this will render any guarantee void

! Regularly change the cushions around from one part to the other in addition to turning them over
! Try to maintain the humidity level in the room: excessive dryness can damage the fiber or increase static electricity build up

Stains

. please do not only rely on internet forums or spot cleaning tables but always get advise from a specialist company

. if you are uncertain about the proper cleaning method, please consult a furniture care company
. please follow care instructions carefully to avoid wear, discoloration or shrinkage
. treat stains immediately, do not let them dry into the fabric ; moisture should immediately be blotted to avoid staining

. wipe from side to centre to reduce formation of halo
. we suggest that you first test any cleaning product in an inconspicuous area
. only use a clean white cloth to eliminate stains
. do not use abrasive materials to clean your upholstered furniture
. only use water and an alkaline free soap when treating stains, always rince with clean water

. light colours are sensitive to staining by fabrics with low rub fastness (like jeans) and are harder to clean
. fabrics with natural fibres are more difficult to maintain than fabrics with an artificial composition
. do not moisten microfibres and pile fabric too much as this may damage pile direction
. bodily fluids (transpiration) and -greases have a negative influence on the fabric characteristics and may cause difficulty in removing stains
. treatment of the upholstery with cleaning agents containing solvents may influence the adhesion of the bonded backing
. sand is sharp and increases wear of the fabric

Upholstery fabrics

The correct choice of which fabric is to recommend and good maintenance of the fabric are crucial in the pursuit of product satisfaction. Each fabric has properties and characteristics that must be respected. When purchasing furniture, it is worthwhile not only to highlight the price but also to consider the properties of the corresponding fabric choices. Not every fabric is suitable for every furniture piece or any household, the right choice is made by giving advice tailored to the customer in question.

Certain fabrics are strong and resistant to heavy use, other textile have a special look or colour. There are fabrics that are more sensitive in use or need more careful maintenance to maintain them in their intended form for a long time. Each upholstery fabric will inevitably wear in use, the extent in which this occurs depends on many factors – which are not always visible on the label or the price tag.

– Discoloration

Upholstery fabrics will inevitably fade under the influence of sunlight or heat. The dyes used to color the fabric to break down due to UV radiation or to excessive heat.

This is an inevitable process and we recommend that you always protect your furniture from UV radiation caused by influx of direct sunlight or strong lighting / heating. If fabrics have faded, this cannot be repaired in most cases. Some fabrics and/or colors are more susceptible to fading. Fabrics with natural fibers and deep or intense colours usually get weaker light fastness values.

. discoloration on furniture fabric caused by fabrics with low color fastness (eg Jeans) cannot be source for complaints
. fabrics which have been moistened tend to release colour  more easily
. intense and dark colours are more susceptible to discoloration by ultraviolet light and release colour more easily

– Pilling

Pilling is a typical phenomenon in structure weave fabrics. Pilling is usually caused by the clustering of small fiber particles of dust from clothing on top of the upholstery fabric creating small balls. Next to pilling some fabrics have the property that fibers are raised in use. No real pilling is formed, however, this effect will result in a fluffy look of the surface of the fabric. It is usually a temporary phenomenon and both pilling balls as well as the raised fibres can be easily removed with lint-clippers (pilling razors). Even after repetitive treatment, the shaving of the excess yarn does not influence the quality and the properties of the fabric.
Harder yarns such as yarn with natural fibers and fabrics with coarser / rougher structures tend to pilling faster than others.

Interesting to know –

. always iron in the pile direction and on the backside of the fabric
. pile fabrics should be gently brushed against pile direction with a textile brush
. on frequently used areas, shading can appear
. slight loss of pile in frequently used areas may occur
. in use, formation of a shiny seat (patina) may occur

. if you plan to order more furniture of the same upholstery fabric in the future, we advise to obtain the required number of meters with your first purchase in order to avoid dyelot differences

. in contact with sharp objects (bracelets, buttons, nails …) surface damage and / or pulled loops are inevitable

. sharp edges of clothing (shoes, belts, bracelets …) will increase wear
. pulled loops must be worked into the back of the fabric, do not cut or not pull these out