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


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


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


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


“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


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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LEATHER... Special Fabrics Need Special Care


Leather is a very general term used to describe an animal skin, which has been colored or dressed for use, forming a stable, nonperishable material. Though we will focus on the range of leathers used in the manufacture of upholstery, specialty leathers such as ostrich, alligator and others are processed and cared for in much the same way.

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FABRIC SELECTION... Six Important Considerations


Fabric selection is often a small part of the design project but it can have a big impact on client satisfaction. Our offices receive calls every day from designers who want information about the characteristics of certain fabrics and how they will stand up to everyday use as well as cleaning. That’'s why it is so important to make responsible selections.

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


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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