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Cleaning Codes, Finishes and Post Treatments
(S) Solvent Based Cleaners
Most decorative and designer fabrics are cleanable only with solvent base cleaners. These fabrics cannot be machine washed. Although stains may not come out with just water, these fabrics are still very cleanable, as all of our fabrics are. For spot cleaning, brands such as Carbona or Renuzit work well. It is important to dab on the solvent, rather than rubbing. It is also essential to dry the fabric as soon as possible using something like a hair dryer. Using water based cleaners instead, may cause water stains or shrinkage of the fabric. If the fabric has a nap, like velvet or suede, a baby’s hairbrush or equivalent in softness, may be used to brush the nap while cleaning. When using cleaners that you have not used before, it is recommended to try the product on a small unnoticeable spot first. You may also contact a professional upholstery cleaning service, and tell them the cleaning code.
(W) Water Based Cleaners
These fabrics, vinyls, and recycled leathers are cleanable with water and water based cleaners. Some of these fabrics are also machine washable. An example of a water based upholstery cleaner is Resolve Upholstery Stain Remover. Make sure to follow the direction on the cleaner. Fabrics that have a nap, like microfibers, may require a soft brush to restore its original look. When using cleaners that you have not used before, it is recommended to try the product on a small unnoticeable spot first. You may also contact a professional upholstery cleaning service, and tell them the cleaning code.
Some of our fabrics are pretreated when they are made with Scotchgard or Teflon. These pretreatments make liquids bubble up and not absorb into the fabric. Other fabrics, like our faux leathers, Crypton and microfibers, are inherently stain resistant. Pretreatments and our inherently stain resistant fabrics are great for protecting against stains, but it is still important to clean them as soon as stains emerge with water.
Fabric Post Treatment
All fabrics have different tolerances to different treatments like Scotchgard. Please contact us with the product number, and we will happily advise how to treat our fabrics, and if it is necessary. Treating the fabrics often will make them stain resistant and make liquids bubble up. In addition, there are treatments that will enhance the UV resistance of fabrics for outdoor use.