Upholstery textiles - Care
Every upholstery textile
is unique and therefore requires individual maintenance. In addition, the quality of the used materials, the applied care and the degree of utilization are a decisive factor when it comes to the longevity of the chosen upholstery textile.
Everyday measures of care
Most importantly the upholstery textiles of your furniture require regular care and maintenance by vacuuming them with a common household vacuum on a low setting while using an upholstery nozzle. If, for example, you own furniture with velour upholstery, we advise you to utilize a nozzle with soft bristles, since fabrics of that kind are very delicate. Incorrect use might leave pressure marks. It’s also important to always work with the grain. A possible scrubbing should only be done with a damp leather cloth and careful pressure.
It's not uncommon for fabrics sporting a velour or chenille surface, as well as microfibers, to have their structure flattened by pressure or body temperature, which results in different shadowing depending on the angle from which you’re looking at them or the angle of light shining down on them. This is not due to a lack of quality, but is rather an inevitable and typical characteristic. Steam cleaners must not be used on velour composed of chemical fibers, since the pressure and heat create a non-reversible change in the direction of the nap of the fabric. Flat woven fabrics can also be maintained by utilizing a soft brush and vacuuming them with a smooth upholstery nozzle.
It is always possible that you end up with stains on your upholstery textiles. It is vital to immediately erase said stains directly after they have been created. They need to be patted with a cloth – not rubbed – so that they can’t compromise the weave. In addition, it is possible in all fabrics that pilling or a built-up of lint occur. This is no reason to panic, since often times the loose particles, which are a by-product of the manufacturing process, combine with lint on clothing. Luckily you have the option to rid your fabrics of these occurrences by using a lint razor, without risking the integrity of your product.
Synthetic materials do not possess a natural conductivity and can therefore lead to static electricity when met with a combination of dry air and friction from clothing. Due to that, long periods of heating your home should be counteracted by an appropriate amount of humidity in the room. Color-intense upholstery fabrics depend on protection from direct sunlight and other strong lights. Make sure that your upholstered furniture is a safe distance away from any source of heat.
Naturally, chemical cleanings and dry cleanings are the job of an expert. Should you still choose to do the job yourself, always pay attention to the composition of the material as well as the shown care labelling. Only those fabrics that are specifically identified as washable may be washed using mild detergent and absolutely no bleach.
Before you start the stain removal, always make sure to test the color fastness and possible changes of the surface brought on by your cleaning product on a hidden part of the fabric. When it comes to fabrics made of linen, cotton, satin or viscose, we advise you to get in touch with a specialized cleaning company.
Turning pillowcases inside out and closing the zipper s vital when it comes to reaching a successful result. Only fill your washing machine to three-quarters of its limit. Be aware that pillowcases containing part cotton could still shrink despite a pre-wash cycle.