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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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SISAL... Special Fibers Need Special Care


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


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


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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There are many types of foods, drinks and chemicals that can cause troublesome stains on interior textiles. 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.

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FABRIC PROBLEMS... What Causes Color Changes?


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


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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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


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


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


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


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


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 MAINTENANCE... Upholstery Cleaning


Fabric Maintenance at Fiber-Seal means more than just applying our premium fabric protection treatment to interior and exterior fabrics. Experts at Fiber-Seal not only protect fabrics, but care for them to by offering spot cleaning services for upholstery. This article focuses on the two basic upholstery cleaning methods.

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FABRIC CHALLENGES... Our Picks For Most Difficult To Maintain


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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ANTI-FADING TREATMENTS... Much Ado About Nothing


Anti-fading treatments have been around for decades, the problem is that they are just not effective, which is substantiated by independent lab testing. This article focuses on our research in regards to the testing process for these treatments.

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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


While silk is coveted for its elegance, texture, luster, etc., it must be used in the proper settings. It is important to consider the various factors that may degrade the quality of this fine textile.

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