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STATIC IN THE HOME... A Shocking Experience

03/08/2018

A client called us recently to ask if we could help with a problem her
family was having. It seems that they had just taken delivery on a
new microfiber sofa. Visually, the sofa was a delight. However, when
anyone sat on the sofa and walked across the room to go outside,
touching the doorknob set off a spark that would immediately “get
their attention!” So why would a microfiber sofa create this kind of problem? More important, could anything be done to minimize the painful consequences?

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LYOCELL... Rayon's Fashionable Cousin

02/22/2018

Lyocell is a relatively new fiber in the home furnishings market. Introduced in 1991 to the apparel market, branded lyocell fibers are more commonly known as Tencel® lyocell, as marketed by such companies as The Lenzing Group. For the home market, lyocell is used primarily in upholstery fabrics and is often blended with cotton, rayon and polyester.

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A HEALTHY INDOOR ENVIRONMENT... Starts with a Vacuum Cleaner

01/10/2018

The importance of vacuuming cannot be overstated especially when you consider that carpet can accumulate and hold up to twice its own yarn face-weight in soil.

Not only does vacuuming remove unsightly soils, but it also removes unseen soils and bio-contaminants that cause carpet and other soft floor coverings to wear prematurely.

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Organic Cotton... Growing Market, Despite Major Obstacles

11/08/2016

Cotton is the most widely used fiber in the world today, comprising 40 percent of all fiber production. Twenty-five million tons are grown each year in 35 countries on five continents. There are five prominent types of cotton produced today: Egyptian, Sea Island, American Pima, Asiatic and Upland. The fiber develops in closed, green capsules known as bolls that burst open when ripe, revealing the soft white fibers that are so desirable and useful in textiles manufacturing. Cotton is extremely important as a crop of international trade.

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WOOL... Fact and Fiction

09/19/2016

Wool has many significant advantages as a carpet fiber. Wool is soil-hiding, inherently flame resistant, low in static and also very resilient. There are, however, several misconceptions surrounding the care and maintenance of wool floor coverings. The following information addresses the most common of these beliefs.

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MICROFIBERS... Fine Fibers for Fashionable Fabrics

08/30/2016

“Microfiber” is really not a fiber in the truest sense of the word. Rather, it is the generic term for the technology that has been developed to produce an ultra-fine fiber, which is then woven into very high-quality fabric constructions. DuPont introduced the first microfiber, made from polyester, in 1989.

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STORING WOOL & SILK RUGS... Tips From the Professionals

08/03/2016

Storing wool and silk rugs may sound simple enough, but you do need to take special measures... Everyone knows that certain insects damage articles made of wool or silk (protein fibers) by using the fibers as a food source. Clothing is a very common “prey” for these fiber-chomping critters, primarily because it is often kept in dark, little-disturbed areas like closets and storage containers.

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