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Fiber-Seal Systems is committed to helping our clients unravel the mysteries of fibers, fabrics and floor coverings so that they are able to care for and live with them day in and day out.  We have over 40 years' worth of experience in fabric protection and care, which is why we are a one-stop resource for all soft surface information

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PRE-TESTING... The Most Important Rule of Spot Removal

05/10/2016

While it is true that every soft surface—wall fabric, rugs, upholstery, draperies, etc.—should be carefully pre-tested before using any spot cleaning product, for purposes of simplicity we will focus in this article specifically on seating fabrics. The same general framework of pre-testing is used on all types of interior fabrics and floor coverings.

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SISAL... Special Fibers Need Special Care

04/26/2016

Sisal is a fiber obtained from the leaves of plants belonging to the agave family. The actual processing of the fiber begins with the separation of the fiber from the chlorophyll, pectin, and other fleshy parts of the leaf. The leaves are crushed, and the resulting pulp is scraped from the fiber, which is washed and dried. The lustrous fiber strands range from creamy white to light brown. A fairly coarse and inflexible fiber, sisal has long been used as a material for small rugs and mats. In more recent years, sisal has enjoyed growing popularity for use in large rugs and even wall-to-wall carpet.

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INSECT PESTS... Spring Cleaning May Be Too Late

03/29/2016

Insect pests can get in your clothing... Almost everyone has seen items of clothing that have been damaged by insects before. Usually found in dark closets or out-of-the-way storage areas such as attics, clothing that has been left undisturbed—and improperly stored—for a period of time is susceptible to attack.

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PET STAINS... A Most Difficult Dilemma

03/08/2016

Interior fabrics and floor coverings are subject to many different types of stains and soils, but perhaps none is more damaging than pet urine. Unchecked, it can cause fiber damage, stains that are impossible to remove, and odor problems that seem never to go away.

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INVISIBLE STAINING MATERIALS... Delayed Discoloration

02/17/2016

There are many types of foods, drinks and chemicals that can cause troublesome stains on interior textiles. Most of these are fairly straightforward. For example, most people know that things like hot coffee, mustard and pet urine can cause nasty staining problems. These substances, of course, leave stains that are immediately noticeable.

There is, however, an interesting subset of staining materials that are unique in their method of action. These chemicals are completely invisible when first applied. Only days or weeks later does discoloration finally begin to appear. Instead of adding color to a fabric, these products do their damage by subtracting (destroying) the original dyes.

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FABRIC PROBLEMS... What Causes Color Changes?

02/02/2016

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.

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DRAPERIES... Special Fabrics Need Special Care

01/22/2016

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.

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"DRY CLEAN ONLY" FABRICS... The "S" Code Explained

11/30/2015

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:

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ORIENTAL RUGS... Maintenance Tips from the Professionals

11/09/2015

“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.

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WINE STAIN REMOVAL FOLKLORE

10/13/2015

Wine stain removal is a trickier process than many online "home remedies" sources would suggest. While white and rose wines can obviously create stains, we’ll focus here on red wines. Stains from these wines are much more troublesome for the average homeowner.

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FABRIC PROTECTION… Not Just for Light-Colored Fibers and Fabrics

08/07/2015

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.

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RAYON RUGS… "Difficult" Would be the Diplomatic Term

04/04/2015

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.

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ABRASION RESISTANCE… A Major Factor In Fabric Performance and User Satisfaction

03/03/2015

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.

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WOOLSAFE…THE Source for Product Certification

01/01/2015

The WoolSafe Organization is THE source for certification of all maintenance products for wool carpets and floor coverings. As wool has become one of the more desirable fibers for residential and commercial use, this highly respected organization has grown from a single office in the United Kingdom to a worldwide presence with offices in Greece, Germany, Australia, South Africa and the United States.

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PILE REVERSAL… A Most Durable Dilemma

12/01/2014

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.

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FABRIC CHALLENGES…Our Picks For “Most Difficult” To Maintain

10/01/2014

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.

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VACUUM CLEANERS…The Hype About HEPA

03/03/2014

When buying a new vacuum cleaner, there are many things you should consider first... 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.

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SILK...An Age-Old Favorite

12/02/2013

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.

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