Care of upholstery fabrics

BW_abric_RollsOver time, dust and dirt can cause furnishing fabrics to change color and exacerbate wear. An accumulation of dust and dirt also contributes to a poor air quality, while impairing the fire-retardant properties of the upholstery material. It is therefore important to regularly maintain and clean your upholstered furniture to  retain the appearance of the fabric and to prolong its lifespan..

We recommend that you frequently vacuum your furniture on a low suction setting once a week if practical.

Stain removal
If you are unlucky, it is important to do what you can to remove the stain immediately.

Marks from thick or solid substances (for example wax and chewing gum) should be scraped off as much as possible with a blunt knife or spatula before further treatment. A dried stain can be vacuumed for loose particles before further treatment.

In the case of spills, blot the liquid with an absorbent clean cloth before further cleaning.

Marks which do not contain fat should initially be removed by carefully dabbing them with a clean, lint free cloth or a sponge wrung out with clean warm water. Tackle the stain working from the outer edge and in toward the center. Grease stains can be removed with suitable stain removers. We always recommend that you test your upholstery fabric cleaner on an inconspicuous area before using it on the main part of the upholstery.

Do not use excessive force when rubbing the fabric, as this can damage the fabric and cause loss of color.

To avoid discolorations to the microfibers in the upholstery fabric, it is recommended that you dry the material with a hair-dryer after cleaning. It is important that the upholstery fabric is completely dry before you start using the furniture again.

Be careful with the use of solvents, since these can dissolve underlying upholstery materials. Furthermore, do not use undiluted detergents, bleaching agents, ammonia and soaps intended for hard surfaces on upholstery fabrics.

Caring for loose cushions

If your furniture has loose cushions, it is a good idea to turn the cushions around periodically to ensure they are exposed to uniform wear.

Down-filled cushions should be fluffed and plumped up regu- larly (dependant on usage) to ensure that the down is equally distributed inside the cushion to maintain the shape of the cushion.

Cleaning and impregnation

In general, furniture exposed to normal commercial use should be cleaned two or three times a year. Furniture in private homes does not normally need to be cleaned as often.

Upholstery fabrics made of cotton are often impregnated with fire retardant chemicals. However, the impregnation is not permanent and wears off as the furniture is used and during cleaning, which is why it is recommended to re-impregnate the fabric after the furniture is cleaned.

We do not recommend that wool upholstery fabrics be im-pregnated as wool is naturally dirt-resistant.

Active and regular care removes dirt before it accumulates in the upholstery fabric and damages the fibers. proper maintenance and regular cleaning can significantly extend the lifes- pan of your furniture.