Have you ever wondered why your white silk sofa seems to have a yellow cast? How about that white cotton sofa that is yellowing, but only behind the pillows? Most color changes do tend to occur on white or light-colored furnishings, but there can be problems on dark colors, too.Read more
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Draperies, one of the most widely used applications of vertical fabrics, are often thought to be difficult to maintain. Actually, with a little planning and a careful approach, these items can be kept clean with a minimum of effort.Read more
In this article, we will discuss the general issues of mildew growth on textiles. Due to space limitations, discussion of mildew-related health issues will be limited.Read more
For cleaning purposes, fabric manufacturers and distributors generally categorize fabrics according to colorfastness codes. These codes are typically found on fabric samples and are often included as “deck labels” on seating pieces with removable cushions. The codes are as follows:Read more
“Oriental rug” is a term that encompasses a wide variety of floor coverings, some of which have a thick pile look while others appear more flat and woven. These rugs can also be made from many different fibers such as silk, rayon and wool, but in this article, we will discuss the subset of Oriental rugs made with wool.Read more
So you’re remodeling and you want to put something on top of your carpet to protect it from the builders, construction workers, movers and anyone else that happens to trudge by. There are many different products that might fit the bill, but which one is best?Read more
Most of us have either done it or watched it happen. A trip or maybe an inadvertent wave of the hand sends that beautiful glass of cabernet or merlot flying. In a panic, people start rushing to do something – anything – to keep the stains from becoming permanent!Read more
Have you read an article or seen a blog posting that has made claims that dishwashing liquid is as good as specialized spot and stain removers sold under well-known brands names? Well, don't believe everything you read... handy isn't always safe--using dishwashing liquid or other cleaners not designed for carpet or fabric cleaning inevitably leads to accelerated soiling in the long run.Read more
Have you ever wondered why traffic lanes wear out faster than surrounding carpet? Is it simply because of the high traffic in those areas or is there another culprit at play? Often when we think of fabric protection, we think of spills on light-colored fabrics. However, fabric protection treatments do much more than just protect fabric from spills.
This article will focus on the nature of pet urine, coffee and ink stains, describing why these staining materials are considered more difficult than most.Read more
Removing pet urine stains can be a challenge even for professionals...fiber content, age of the animal, how long and how many times they use the same spot all must be considered.Read more
Reappearing spots can and do occur on upholstery fabrics, but they are much more common on floor coverings. The following information focuses on spot removal for floor coverings only.Read more
Problems abound when it comes to rayon rugs and goes by many different names such as Viscose, Faux Silk, Art Silk, and Bamboo Silk only to name a few. At least one manufacturer uses a brand name, calling their rayon Luxcelle. Many different names, all the same fiber.Read more
One of the most essential performance characteristics of an upholstery fabric is abrasion resistance… the ability of the material to withstand the rubbing or abrasion it receives in day-to-day use. Many factors are directly related to abrasion resistance, including: type of yarn(s), fabric construction, construction of the furniture, and degree and type of use.Read more
Cellulosic fibers like cotton, linen, hemp, etc., and man-made cellulosic fibers such as rayon cannot withstand the punishment that most floor coverings receive. In pile constructions, they cannot stand alone, nor do they do well when combined with other fibers.Read more
Because Fiber-Seal specializes in caring for the very finest interior textiles, WoolSafe approval became an important goal for us.Read more
Shading is a change in pile direction that results in an apparent change in color due to the light reflecting in different ways. Solid color cut-pile carpets will exhibit this more often than textured or patterned carpets.Read more
The cleaning of interior textiles is a very interesting and challenging field. As you will see in this article, it is not for the faint of heart.Read more
It could be argued that there are no "bad" fabrics or floor coverings, only less than practical choices. Starting with this premise, there are several types of fabrics used for interior furnishings that are best suited to minimal-use areas such as formal living rooms and guest bedrooms. The fabrics discussed in this article should be specified only in such low-use areas.Read more
As a homeowner you may be looking for a WOW factor – to impress family and friends with a new look. But WOW can turn into "WHAT NOW?" when a fabric selection doesn't perform well. Twenty-five yards of rayon velvet chosen for a family room sectional can quickly become a headache and an eyesore!Read more
Anti-fading treatments have been around for decades, the problem is that they are just not effective, which is substantiated by independent lab testing.Read more
Oxygenated Cleaners in a washing machine is one thing, putting them on your fine fabrics and floor coverings can cause a host of problems.Read more
Cotton, durable, soft, cleanable and natural. Cotton has stood the test of time and deserves a second look when choosing a fabric.Read more
Flame retardant tickings can cause color changes to the fabrics covering them. Left unchecked it can cause damage that cannot be corrected.Read more
Properly caring for Oriental rugs, Persians, Chinese, Kilims and Dhurries can extend their useful life and protect the investment you have made in them.Read more
One of the many decisions to be made before purchasing involves the filtering system and knowing more about HEPA will make you a smarter consumer.Read more
Window treatments can be one of the most unique and expensive design elements in any room, but too often, they receive little care.Read more
Rayon chenille, rayon velvet and rayon floor coverings look great brand new but the nap can crush making them look unsightly.Read more
While silk is coveted for its elegance, texture, luster, etc., it must be used in the proper settings. Lighting is one of the critical factors to consider before using silk as a floor covering or an above-the-floor fabric.Read more